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SpaceX awarded $96.5M contract to launch GPS III satellite

SpaceX awarded $96.5M contract to launch GPS III satellite

SpaceX on Tuesday bagged a $96.5 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to launch a Global Positioning System III (GPS III) satellite using a Falcon 9 rocket in February 2019.

Last year, the private sector firm won an $82.7 million contract from the Air Force to launch a similar satellite in 2018.

The Air Force wanted a bidding process for the satellite mission. But the Boeing-Lockheed joint venture called ULA decided not to submit a bid, clearing the way for Elon Musk’s firm. However, ULA had previously announced that it was a bidder.

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Goal to send humans to Mars gaining unprecedented support

Goal to send humans to Mars gaining unprecedented support

Children born in 2017 will be more likely than any previous generation to witness humans walking on another planet before their 18th birthday, Explore Mars CEO Chris Carberry said in a press release.

The goal to send humans to the Red Planet has been gaining unprecedented support from the U.S. Congress, the business world and academia; despite massive challenges lingering on the path to achieve the goal.

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SpaceX successfully test-fires rocket engines at historic 39A pad

SpaceX successfully test-fires rocket engines at historic 39A pad

Elon Musk-led SpaceX successfully test-fired a Falcon 9 rocket’s first-stage engines at the Kennedy Space Center’s historic pad 39A on Sunday, attaining a critical milestone on the path to a planned launch of a International Space Station (ISS) resupply mission.

The Falcon 9 rocket was moved from the space firm’s processing hangar at the base of the pad 39A using a massive transporter before dawn on Friday. Then, it was erected to the vertical launch position as part of preparations for the “hot fire” test.

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UC Irvine team’s Hyperloop pod ready to race in SpaceX contest

UC Irvine team’s Hyperloop pod ready to race in SpaceX contest

A 50-member team of UC Irvine students is ready with its project to participate in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition, which is scheduled to take place at the space firm’s headquarters in Hawthorne on Sunday.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced the Hyperloop project, a concept for a really high-speed ground transport system, in 2013. When UC Irvine students heard about it, they started working on their own designs to build a prototype for future transportation system.

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