The St. Petersburg Times reported Tuesday afternoon that an airman assigned to MacDill AFB, Fla., has died from injuries sustained by an improvised explosive device outside of Baghdad Tuesday local time. The newspaper cites a US military spokeswoman as confirming the airman’s death. The airman’s name is being withheld pending notification of the family, it said. MacDill is home to the 6th Air Mobility Wing as well as US Special Operations Command. According to an Associated Press report earlier on Tuesday, a total of four US servicemen—apparently including this airman—died in two separate IED attacks in Iraq Tuesday local time.
NASA, SpaceX, and United Launch Alliance are all preparing to launch their next-gen rockets from Florida’s Space Coast, two of them before the year is out. One is expected to liberate the U.S. launch enterprise from its reliance on Russian-made RD-180 engines, while all three rockets could eventually carry astronaut crews.