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Samantha Masunaga

Samantha Masunaga covers aerospace for the Los Angeles Times. Since joining The Times in 2014, she has covered local and national breaking news, the craft beer industry and Southern California’s Japanese American community. Masunaga has previously worked for the Oregonian, the Orange County Register and the Rafu Shimpo, among other publications. A Southern California native, she is an alumna of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and UCLA.
SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket gets Air Force certification

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket was certified by the Air Force this week to carry national security payloads.

Air Force says planning for Space Force will be 'thorough' and 'deliberate'

The U.S. Air Force said in a letter to airmen dated Tuesday that it would work with the Defense Department and other agencies to carry out the planning process for the Space Force.

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