Iran is pushing for full uranium enrichment after 10 years as limits put in place in the landmark nuclear deal ease, the country said in a document submitted to the International Atomic Energy Agency. Iran’s nuclear program is a “matter of pride,” Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a document that was obtained by The Associated Press. The document states that as of January 2027—11 years after the implementation of the deal—Iran would start replacing its mainstay centrifuges with thousands of new, advanced machines, the AP reported. From year 11 to 13, Iran will install centrifuges that are up to five times as efficient as the machines it is now restricted to using. (See also: Iran and the Bomb from the December 2015 issue of Air Force Magazine.)
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.