SpaceX is targeting today, Tuesday, January 18, for a Falcon 9 launch of 49 Starlink satellites to low Earth orbit from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The instantaneous launch window is at 7:04 p.m. EST (00:04 UTC on January 19). The booster supporting this mission previously launched GPS III-3, Turksat 5A, Transporter-2, and six Starlink missions. Following…

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Brightline To Begin Crew Training and Qualification Runs Between West Palm Beach and Cocoa

MIAMI – Brightline is beginning the new year with a critical step toward the completion of its intercity rail system connecting Miami and Orlando. Starting the week of January 17, Brightline will begin running qualifying trains between West Palm Beach and Cocoa. The trains will be an opportunity for locomotive engineers and train conductors to learn the tracks and territory along a…

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Ronn Torossian Releases Book Excerpt: Amtrak’s Lost PR Opportunities

  NEW YORK — Ronn Torossian says that “PR is a mix of journalism, psychology, and lawyering – it’s an ever-changing and always interesting landscape.” In the latest book excerpt from his best-selling PR paperback, “For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results with Game-Changing Public Relations”, Torossian discusses Amtrak’s lost PR opportunities. As Torossian notes, “Too many times brands, businesses, services,…

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  The diesel locomotive will travel on national network WASHINGTON – A specially-painted Amtrak P-42 diesel locomotive, emblazoned on both sides with the message, “See Tracks? Think Train!” was released into service today during a special ceremony at Washington Union Station. The black-and-yellow locomotive commemorates the 50th anniversary of Operation Lifesaver, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing railroad safety education and…

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NASA TV to Air SpaceX Cargo Dragon Departure from Space Station

  A SpaceX Dragon cargo resupply spacecraft is set to depart the International Space Station Friday, Jan. 21. NASA Television, the agency’s website, and the NASA app will provide live broadcast of the spacecraft’s undocking and departure beginning at 10:15 a.m. EST.   Ground controllers at SpaceX in Hawthorne, California, will send commands at 10:40 a.m. for Dragon to undock…

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NASA Sets Coverage for Russian Spacewalk Outside Space Station

  Two Russian cosmonauts will venture outside the International Space Station at about 7 a.m. EST Wednesday, Jan. 19, to conduct a spacewalk to ready the new Prichal module for future Russian visiting spacecraft.   Live coverage of the spacewalk will begin at 6 a.m. on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website.   Expedition 66 Commander Anton…

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NASA, White House Initiative to Spur Entrepreneurial Spirit of HBCU Scholars

    NASA and the Department of Education are collaborating to enhance the federal Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Scholar Recognition Program using NASA entrepreneurial expertise.   Beginning in 2022, a NASA pitch competition for students at higher education institutions will officially become part of the HBCU Scholar Recognition Program, part of the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational…

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