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Cape Canaveral, Fla. (UPI) Jan 11, 2012
The director of Florida's Cape Canaveral rocket range says a busy 2012 launch schedule is proof there's life after the end of NASA's shuttle program.
A dozen launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station are set for the coming months, including missions critical to the International Space Station, Florida Today reported Wednesday.
"We are alive and well, and we are in business here in Central Florida," said Brig. Gen. Anthony Cotton, commander of the Air Force 45th Space Wing.
Cotton is director Cape Canaveral's Eastern Range, the nation's main rocket-launching region.
"With the exception of the month of March, there is something going on at the cape throughout the year," he said.
A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket with a new-generation military communications satellite will launch Jan. 19, followed by a Feb. 7 launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a Dragon spacecraft to demonstrate its ability to deliver cargo to the International Space Station, officials said.
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Satellites: Europe's Arianespace sets 13 launches for 2012
Paris (AFP) Jan 5, 2012
European satellite launch operator Arianespace said on Thursday it had scheduled 13 missions for 2012, the first year in which it would deploy rockets in all three categories of payload. This year will see seven launches by the heavy lifter Ariane 5, five by the medium-sized Soviet-Russian space veteran Soyuz and the first by the lightweight rocket Vega, the company said. Missions includ ... read more
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