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EU announces long-delayed launch date for first Galileo satellites

BRUSSELS (AFP) – The European Union announced Monday it will launch the first two satellites in its long-delayed and hugely over-budget Galileo navigation system from French Guiana on October 20. EU industry commissioner Antonio Tajani said the launch, from the Kourou spacesport in the European enclave at the northern tip…

Giffords expected at husband’s shuttle launch

LOS ANGELES — Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is expected to attend next month’s space shuttle launch commanded by her astronaut husband, a spokesman said. Doctors in Texas were due to provide an update Friday on the condition of the 40-year-old lawmaker, two months after she was shot in the head at…

NASA earth study satellite fails to reach orbit

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The earth observation satellite Glory failed to reach orbit on Friday after its protective cover did not detach following its launch, a NASA official said. “The fairing did not separate and the vehicle does not have sufficient velocity with the fairing on to achieve orbit,” an official…

Surveillance satellite in orbit after Calif launch

US surveillance satellite in orbit after ‘picture-perfect’ launch from Calif. Air Force base A new Space Based Surveillance satellite is orbiting Earth after a successful launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the central California coast. Diana Bell — a spokeswoman for the satellite’s builder Boeing — said Sunday it…

Apple again delays white iPhone 4 debut

Apple said Friday it is postponing the launch of a white version of its new iPhone 4 smartphone to later this year, due to manufacturing problems, leaving customers with only a black option. It was the second time Apple has announced a delay in the white version of the hot-selling…

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