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September 19, 2014
Amazon founder strikes deal to build US rocket engines
Washington (AFP) Sept 18, 2014
The aerospace company Blue Origin has struck a deal to build a US-made rocket engine that aims to eliminate reliance on Russian engines for American satellite launches. Blue Origin owner Jeff Bezos, who founded and also owns the Washington Post, announced the deal to jointly fund a new BE-4 rocket engine with United Launch Alliance in the US capital on Wednesday. ULA is a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin. "ULA has put a satellite into orbit almost every month for the p ... read more
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France raises heat on decision for next Ariane rocket
France's space agency on Thursday unveiled a revised proposal for an Ariane rocket ahead of a tough decision on launchers by the European Space Agency (ESA). ... more

MIT researchers developing tight-fitting space suits of the future
The next generation of space suits look less Apollo 11 and a lot more Apolo Ohno, less Michelin Man and more Silver Surfer - that is, out with the bulky, gas-pressurized suit and in with the lightweight, form-fitting second skin. ... more

Spaceship designer who helped send Gagarin into orbit dies at 92
A spaceship designer who worked on Yury Gagarin's Vostok spaceship and was the last to shake his hand before liftoff, Oleg Ivanovsky, died on Thursday at 92, the Russian space agency said. ... more
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India A New Contender in Asian Space Race or Technological Breakthrough
India's first Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is ready to enter the Red Planet's orbit on September 24, after a ten-month journey through space. The Indian Space Research Organization says that India wil ... more


NASA Mars Spacecraft Ready for Sept. 21 Orbit Insertion
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit after completing a 10-month interplanetary journey of 442 million mile ... more
PV Operations & Maintenance USA 2014

Training Space Professionals Since 1970

Tempur-Pedic Mattress Comparison & Memory Foam Mattress Review

Lunar explorers will walk at higher speeds than thought
Anyone who has seen the movies of Neil Armstrong's first bounding steps on the moon couldn't fail to be intrigued by his unusual walking style. But, contrary to popular belief, the astronaut's pecul ... more

Lockheed Martin-built CLIO Satellite Launched From Cape Canaveral
The U.S. Government's CLIO satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin, was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Lift-off occurred at 6:10 p.m. MDT aboard a United Launc ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Iran slams US as 'obsessed' with sanctions as talks resume

Ukraine says Russia masses troops on Ukraine border

Space control Airmen ensure constant communication

Russian Aerospace Defense Forces Again Dismiss Satellite Explosion Rumors

Founding Day of Air and Missile Defense Command of Aerospace Defense Forces

Twin crises could shape Obama's twilight years in office

Obama and US lawmakers turn up heat on IS


ISS Crew Trains to Capture Dragon
While they await next week's launch of the other half of their crew to the International Space Station, Expedition 41 Commander Max Suraev and Flight Engineers Reid Wiseman and Alexander Gerst focus ... more

United Launch Alliance Launches Its 60th Mission from Cape Canaveral
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the CLIO mission for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company launched at 8:10 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex-41. "It is an honor to wor ... more

Space: The final frontier ... open to the public
Historically, spaceflight has been reserved for the very healthy. Astronauts are selected for their ability to meet the highest physical and psychological standards to prepare them for any unknown c ... more
Startup in the Land of the Rising Sun; A Japanese Solar Venture - by Bradley L. Bartz


NASA Chooses American Companies to Transport US Astronauts to ISS
U.S. astronauts once again will travel to and from the International Space Station from the United States on American spacecraft under groundbreaking contracts NASA announced Tuesday. The agen ... more

Boeing, SpaceX to send astronauts to space station
NASA awarded multi-billion-dollar contracts to Boeing and SpaceX on Tuesday to build America's next spacecraft for carrying astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017. ... more
24/7 News Coverage
New branch added to European family tree

Study finds Great Barrier Reef is an effective wave absorber

Coral growth rate plummets in 30-year comparison

Nature of war: Chimpanzees inherently violent

New research decodes virus-host interactions in ocean dead zones

Sharks more abundant on healthy coral reefs

Saltmarsh recovery looks good, falls short


NASA spacecraft to begin orbiting Mars within days
An unmanned NASA spacecraft launched last year to study the history of climate change on Mars is to begin orbiting the Red Planet on Sunday after a 10-month journey. ... more

Elon Musk gets fresh challenge with space contract
With a $2.6 billion contract for his firm SpaceX to build a spacecraft for carrying astronauts to the International Space Station, Elon Musk's star is on the rise again. ... more

Boeing, SpaceX to send astronauts to space station
Boeing and SpaceX will build the next generation of spacecraft that will carry US astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), NASA said Tuesday, hailing a new chapter in space flight. ... more

MAVEN on course for Mars Arrival Sept 21
Everything continues to go well with MAVEN as it is readied for arrival at Mars on Sunday, September 21st. All spacecraft systems are operating nominally. We had scheduled a final Trajectory Correct ... more

Chandra Finds Planet That Makes Star Act Deceptively Old
A planet may be causing the star it orbits to act much older than it actually is, according to new data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. This discovery shows how a massive planet can affect th ... more


Dawn Operating Normally After Safe Mode Triggered
The Dawn spacecraft has resumed normal ion thrusting after the thrusting unexpectedly stopped and the spacecraft entered safe mode on September 11. That anomaly occurred shortly before a planned com ... more

NASA Awards Cross-track Infrared Sounder For JPS System-2 Bird
NASA has awarded a sole source contract modification to Exelis, Inc., Geospatial Systems, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, for the Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) Instrument for flight on the Joint Polar ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Elusive quantum transformations found near absolute zero

Three's a charm: NIST detectors reveal entangled photon triplets

Making quantum dots glow brighter

UCI team is first to capture motion of single molecule in real time

Border stand-off overshadows China leader's India trip

Finnish Greens quit government in nuclear row

Asia's billionaires see fastest wealth growth: report


SpaceX To Deliver Science Experiments To ISS For Ames


Astronauts eye China's future space station


Space: China's final tourism frontier


Martian meteorite yields more evidence of the possibility of life on Mars


CASIS Research Set for Launch Aboard SpaceX Mission to ISS


India's spacecraft 'on target' to reach Mars


Orders secured for new fibre-optic gyro from ADS after qualification


Space Launch System Will Use Massive Welding Tool


Cutting the cord on soft robots


New Study Revisits Miller-Urey Experiment at the Quantum Level

Solar System Simulation Reveals Planetary Mystery

Flash-Memory Reformat Successful

NASA's Wind-Watching ISS-RapidScat Ready for Launch

The long descent

Awaiting New Results on Pluto's Atmosphere

China eyes working with other nations as station plans develop

NASA has some advice for how you can find aliens

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover reaches 'far frontier'

Proton Launches May Compete on Price With US Falcons

NASA's Orion Spacecraft Nears Completion, Ready for Fueling

Not just cool - it's a gas

4th SpaceX Cargo Mission to ISS Dragon Scheduled for Sep 20

China to launch second space lab in 2016: official

NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover Arrives at Martian Mountain

NASA Research Gives Guideline for Future Alien Life Search

'Hot Jupiters' provoke their own host suns to wobble

Where to grab space debris

SpaceX's next cargo launch set for Sept 20

Three Russian and American astronauts return to Earth

China completes construction of advanced space launch facility

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