SpaceX launches super-secret spaceplane as Hurricane Irma nears Florida
00:43, Sep 8, 2017
Copyright 2015 All rights reserved. This material can't be published, transferred, copied or redistributed.
Hurricane Irma is not due to make landfall in Florida until the weekend, but adverse weather conditions surrounding the storm system left mission control with just a 50/50 chance of success. The mysterious space plane called X-37B will be launched in orbit from NASA's Kennedy Space Centre. Today, SpaceX successfully launched one of its most important (and classified) payloads to date: the U.S. Air Force's Boeing X-37B spy plane.
ULA CEO Tory Bruno disputes that ULA was even afforded the opportunity to participate in the bidding process, however.
The September 7 launch was SpaceX's first run at sending the X-37B to Earth's perimeter.
SpaceX plans to reuse one of those recovered rockets for a commercial satellite launch no sooner than October.
The first stage's center engine fired once more as the booster made its final descent, and the Falcon 9 extended four landing legs for touchdown at Landing Zone 1, a flat concrete target on the Atlantic coastline around 9 miles (15 kilometers) south of launch pad 39A.
The US military claims the unmanned X-37B is furthering "operations development for reusable space vehicle technologies", which could involve recovery of satellites or debris for fix or scrap on Earth.
The Air Force announced before the launch that the fifth X-37B flight, known as OTV-5, would go into a higher-inclination orbit than earlier X-37B flights. "The primary objectives of the X-37B are twofold: reusable spacecraft technologies for America's future in space and operating experiments which can be returned to, and examined, on Earth". In May, SpaceX launched a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, NROL-76.
Publicly, the Air Force says the X37-B is a testing platform for advanced technologies for spaceflight, but few details have ever been provided. The previous missions relied on United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rockets. This marks the space plane's fifth mission, according to SpaceX. Boeing houses and prepares the X-37B spaceplanes for launch inside former space shuttle hangars near the space center's huge Vehicle Assembly Building. "It is our goal to continue advancing the X-37B OTV so it can more fully support the growing space community".
Prime Minister Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping for bilateral talks on Tuesday, the last day of the BRICS summit . He had visited the country in 2014 to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean)-India summit.
Schroeder says so far, they've rescued more than 200 survivors and dozens of dogs, whom many survivors refuse to leave behind. First Sergeant Ron Schroeder said there's a lot of concern over the already-historic water levels rising even more.
Though China has said that terrorism will not be on the agenda, however, going by past precedence, PM Modi may bring up the issue. On BRICS, the Prime Minister said he will have the opportunity to meet leaders bilaterally on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit.
Also, he said his Government has an "open mind" to an investigation by the CBI, a demand made by the slain journalist's family. Investigators pinned their hopes on the CCTV footage to get some clues about the identity of the killers.
The device launched almost four years ago, and reports state the Xbox One struggled to meet the sales of rival Playstation 4. So there is no point in keeping the original around when consumers can get the One S for less and get more from it.
ARSA has also taken responsibility for the coordinated attacks on 30 police outposts and an army base that took place on Friday. Police fought off groups of as many as 100 Rohingya attackers armed with guns, machetes and homemade grenades.
Instead of trying to reason with the two regimes, the official said that the Trump administration will now just act. But "are we going to take care of our allies, or look out for our interests?" This is not about European security.
It is only 10% contained. "The biggest factor is the weather and the wind", Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas told reporters. Fire officials say a wildfire burning near the Northern California town of Oroville has destroyed 20 homes .
Despite almost uniform skepticism from mainstream economists, he insisted that much faster economic growth was within reach. Said Morgan Stanley economists Robert Rosener, Michael Dilmanian and Ellen Zenter via research notes.
Given that more than 50% of the company's revenues are generated by the iPhone, it's disturbing news, especially for shareholders. For instance, when you drag the home bar up towards the middle of the screen, your iPhone will turn on, he said.
Environmental understanding within ARCore is capable of detecting horizontal surfaces and responds with a map for placing objects. Tango uses multiple cameras and sensors in order to properly function, which boosts the cost, size, and weight of the device.
Additionally, the low-pressure system in tandem with strong high pressure over the Northeast will create an onshore wind flow. Low pressure over Florida will move up the coast of the Carolinas by the end of this weekend and into early next week.
Cameroon Coach admits World Cup qualification out of hand
As if that was not enough, Mikel Obi , with a corner kick taken by Victor Moses , slipped in the second goal at the 41 minute. Cameroon Coach Hugo Broos admits the chances of his side qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers are all but over .
US's World Cup qualifying chances take a hit with loss
My sense: Mexico may use its B-team, but those players will be trying to impress coach Juan Carlos Osorio and won't back down. USMNT has been very disappointing in the World Cup campaign with only 8 points and three losses in just seven games.
Springsteen on Broadway Extends Run at Walter Kerr Theatre
All of it together is in pursuit of my constant goal to provide an entertaining evening and to communicate something of value". Springsteen's recording career spans over 40 years, beginning with 1973's Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ .
Animal Ag Alliance on Help for Farmers Hit by Harvey
There will no doubt be a large number of dogs and cats that need to find safe haven and new homes outside the flood zones. This isn't the first time PETA's rescue team has come to the aid of animals put at risk by a natural disaster.
David Warner leads Australia revival in Dhaka
Steve O'Keefe will join up with the Australia squad for the second Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong, which starts next week. Smith also was dismissed to a similar delivery which he edged to the wicketkeeper and ended his innings on 37.
Windies pull off magnificent win after Hope ton
However, middle-order batsman Shai Hope emerged as a real star for his side as she smashed two consecutive centuries in the Test. He's been going through a form dip but, hopefully, the pretty 20s are gone and the pretty 120s are here to stay.
Defending champion Kerber stunned by Japan's Osaka
Her match against No9 seed Madison Keys reduced her to tears, though, as she gave up a 5-1 lead in the final set. Kerber , who despite her poor form held the number one spot until Wimbledon, will now fall outside the top 10.
Record-breaking heat wave to scorch Southern California
Inland areas near and around Contra Costa County and near the Southern Salinas Valley may see thermometers break 112. More records are expected to be broken today as temperatures will top out between 106 and 110 degrees in the valley.
IOS 11 vs. Android Oreo - Which One is Better For You?
This is the closest any Android smartphone user can get to Android Oreo without rooting the phone or owning a compatible device. Google provides certification for Android devices to make sure users receive secure and stable experiences.