On Thursday, as Hurricane Irma makes its way toward Florida for possible landfall this weekend, SpaceX managed to launch a secret, un-crewed space plan for the U.S. Air Force - just in the nick of time.
If the classified mission of SpaceX and US Air Force turns out successful, the company will become the first private firm to launch a highly classified mission for US Air Force. Cape Canaveralhad already begun buckling down operations ahead of the possibility of Irma on Tuesday, entering what it calls Hurricane Condition (HURCON) 5 status.
The X-37B mission is the second national security launch for SpaceX since the Air Force certified the Falcon 9 in 2015 to compete for Defense Department business.
A communications satellite for SES and EchoStar is scheduled to fly into geostationary orbit no earlier than October 2 from pad 39A aboard a previously-flown Falcon 9 booster.
USAF officials said they want to use a variety of rockets for the X-37B programme to launch quickly if warranted. The previous missions relied on United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rockets.
It is the fifth flight for one of these crewless mini-shuttles, known as the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle. The X-37B, built by Boeing, is an uncrewed vehicle, but resembles the Space Shuttle on a smaller scale. This marks the space plane's fifth mission, according to SpaceX. The four X-37B missions to date flew in orbits tilted between 38 and 43.5 degrees to the equator, but the next one will reach higher latitudes on each lap around Earth.
In a joint statement after the meeting, Pelosi and Schumer signaled that Trump agreed to punt everything to December. If not, the government would be unable to borrow more money or pay its bills, including its debt payments.
Everybody seems to be having a splendid time, and Geralt breaks the fourth wall to ask after the viewer's health. As she gets of her horse and makes her way inside, we're greeted with characters from across the Witcher series.
The election in Gujarat is due at the end of this year and the party will soon launch its poll slogan "Garaje Gujarat". Besides Jaitley, three other union ministers are also holding additional charges of different ministries.
China has opposed deployment of THAAD, saying its powerful radar can probe deep into its territory, undermining its security. Trump is to speak Wednesday with China's president. " To be more precise, I think it is altogether impossible ", he added .
His comments come after meeting with President Donald Trump , Vice President Mike Pence and other top national security advisors. As North Korea conducts its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, US President Trump considers his response.
If sources are to be believed, the Prime Ministers Office (PMO) carried out a detailed audit of performance of Cabinet ministers. Railways minister Suresh Prabhu, who had offered to resign in the wake of recent train accidents could be on his way out too.
At the same time, Apple chose to ditch the physical home button that contains fingerprint sensors for unlocking the device. He added that Apple will definitely need a second supplier for OLED , but "diversity in the supply chain will take time".
Windows Defender gets an upgrade, as does the Photos app, and there's better support for getting OneDrive files on the fly. And if you don't have a headset, you'll also be able to check out some experiences in 2D with the Mixed Reality Viewer.
Jurgen Klopp says he has been watching Liverpool's new signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for almost three years. Oxlade-Chamberlain has made more than 130 Premier League appearances for Arsenal since 2011.
Isaiah Thomas: Boston did not get better with trade
I am not sure about you guys, but this letter is powerful and it got me excited about the upcoming season for the Cavaliers . He finished third in the National Basketball Association with an average of 28.9 points in 2016-17.
Biggest snubs of Week 2 AP Poll
Wisconsin is ranked No. 9 in the latest AP Top 25 and 11th in the Amway Coaches Top 25 poll, both out on Tuesday. Texas, which was No. 23 last week, fell out of the poll after dropping a 51-41 decision to Maryland .
Mominul back, Tigers opt to bat in 2nd Test
Usman Khawaja has been dropped from Australia's Test side, while Steve O'Keefe is in for a three-pronged spin attack. But our boys are also pretty fresh and they are very consistent in Chittagong also.
Detroit Tigers give up worst home run in baseball history
Note: Outfielder Nori Aoki agreed to a contract with the Mets and was expected to join the team before its game at Houston. Tomlin gave up six hits in 5 2/3 innings, walked one and struck out two in his first start coming off the disabled list.
Record-breaking NASA astronaut return back to Earth
Her record is just shy of only one other US astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent 340 consecutive days in space. Returning cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin logged even more time in space: 673 days over five missions.
Demonitisation, pre-GST destocking reasons for drop in Q1 GDP
The Indian economy has slowed down further compared with the preceding quarter when it had posted a 6.1 per cent growth rate. The drop in growth was even sharper compared to the like quarter a year ago when the country's GDP grew at 7.9 per cent.