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Air Force launches spy satellite from Florida

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The Air Force has launched a new spy satellite.

An unmanned blasted off Thursday from Cape Canaveral with a satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office. No details about the classified satellite were divulged. It's intended for national security.

The Atlas rocket should have flown two weeks ago. But crucial radar-tracking equipment was damaged a day before the planned March 25 liftoff. An electrical short overheated the unit. Because repairs continue, the Air Force used backup radar to monitor Thursday afternoon's launch.

The radar accident also delayed a private SpaceX launch, now targeted for Monday.

SpaceX has a fresh load of supplies for the International Space Station. NASA is using private companies to keep the orbiting lab stocked.

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leontherat April 10 2014 at 6:12 PM

i was mowing my yard today and saw the rocket trail from my front yard on west coast florida. knew they launched something.

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JIMMY April 10 2014 at 4:17 PM

the delays were probarly parts made in CHINA

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judyjfla April 10 2014 at 3:37 PM

There is more than one Soyuz attached to the ISS with enough capacity to evacuate all persons aboard. They are different from the Soyuz supply craft, which cannot return to earth and burn up in re-entry. That is one reason they are using Space-X for supply runs, as they can return trash and experiments to earth, and eventually after more testing, people. Usually all launches are listed on the schedules online, just not the payload involved.

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orion2c judyjfla April 10 2014 at 5:48 PM

Ahhhhh,...... But they are still Russian spacecraft and require a Russian pilot........ Soyuz is not a fully automated vehicle.......Sorry not autopilot!

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orion2c April 10 2014 at 3:28 PM

I am ashamed to say that I have not kept up to date on how many astronauts are on board the ISS and what the nationalities are, but I have been concerned since the shuttle was slated for retirement with no replacement (because of projects cancelled or put on the back burner due to budget cuts) that are capable of shuttling astronauts to and from the ISS.
With the current situation that Putin has created, how many astronauts are going to be left without a means of escape in the even that the ISS suffers a catastrophic failure? The only current means of transportation to and from ISS is by Russian spacecraft!

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esteban April 10 2014 at 2:47 PM

National Security should be everyone concern...

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nepatriots1941 esteban April 10 2014 at 4:22 PM

It is a passion of mine.....That's what's wrong with this country.....Too damn comfortable to care.....

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jcmaxpu April 10 2014 at 9:35 PM

guess we have to call in the russians or the chinese to do the job for us again, we pay a lot taxes to nasa so they can give the job away to other unfriendly nations.

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telvis April 10 2014 at 3:25 PM

As long as it's not to check my E-mails I don't care what it's for.
Where's Snowdon when you need him.

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Steve & Karen April 10 2014 at 7:31 PM

Who is going to spy on, them, or us?

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mikeradbks2 April 10 2014 at 8:33 PM

Maybe it will pinpoint where telemarketers are calling from and the Army will be sent in

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James Vergara April 10 2014 at 7:35 PM

If this is a "Spy Satellite" how is it that AOL knows about it?

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