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The Falcon 9 first stage at Cape Canaveral's LZ1 following its successful  Dec. 22  return to the launch site. Credit: SpaceX
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A SpaceX Falcon 9 launching a Dragon capsule to the ISS in April 2016. Credit: SpaceX
Ariane 6 and Vega C artist's concepts. Credit: ESA
Atlas 5/Cygnus launch photo
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U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) questioned whether the Air Force can capably run space programs after trouble with its weather satellite program. Credit: House Armed Services Committee
When NASA announced the completion of the Space Launch System's critical design review Oct. 22, it also released an updated illustration of the rocket, with the core stage now orange instead of white. NASA said in a press release that orange is "the natural color of the insulation that will cover those elements," as was the case with the shuttle's external tank. Not explained in the release, those, are the curved gray and orange stripes on the solid rocket boosters. Some think they are intended to evoke memories of the shuttle itself or the logo of original shuttle contractor Rockwell International — or, perhaps, computer game company Atari. Credit: NASA
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Falcon 9 May 6, 2016, liftoff; SpaceX
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Falcon Heavy artist's concept
SpaceX’s updated price chart shows the significant performance difference between the partially reusable and fully expendable versions of the Falcon 9 Full Thrust and Falcon Heavy rockets. The reusable Falcon 9’s performance to GTO is listed at 5,500 kilograms. The same rocket in fully expendable version can lift 50 percent more payload — 8,300 kilograms. For the Falcon Heavy, the performance to GEO is about 2.8x that of the reusable version. Credit: SpaceX
Caption: Boeing will build four more 702MP satellites for Intelsat's new high-performance satellite fleet, Intelsat EpicNG.


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