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*+-The head of Air Force Space Command praised the performance of a new military satellite system designed in part to scour space for potential threats. The service last year launched a pair of satellites as part of the Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP). The spacecraft were built by Orbital Sciences Corp. to track other […]

*+-(Story was updated to include additional information and quotes from the NASA press conference, which concluded around 10 p.m. local time.) An unmanned Orbital Sciences Corp. rocket exploded seconds after liftoff Tuesday from a launch pad in Virginia. The company’s $200 million Antares rocket topped with a Cygnus spacecraft suffered a “catastrophic anomaly” at 6:22 p.m. local time […]