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SpaceShipTwo Moves Forward to First Powered Flight

April 13th, 2013

SpaceShipTwo progress is being made in the skies over the Mojave Air and Space Port in California – successful demonstration on April 12th of key components of the system. SpaceShipTwo carried out a “Cold Flow” flight. The test objectives were achieved, and the craft is advancing towards its first powered flight. In this latest milestone, […]

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New Mexico Spaceport America: New Legislation for Commercial Space Industry

April 3rd, 2013

New Mexico’s Spaceport America got a boost in readying itself to handle commercial space operations – such as suborbital flights of passengers via Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnightTwo/SpaceShipTwo launch system. Following unanimous passage by the state’s legislature, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez signed legislation April 2 to expand existing liability protections for spaceflight operators to spaceflight manufacturers […]

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Mission for America Envisions Bold U.S. Trip to Mars

February 28th, 2013

    A dozen years ago, wealthy Los Angeles, Calif.,  businessman Dennis Tito leveraged his wealth as a successful investor and   experience as a one time NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist to make his way into space aboard a Russian rocket. His eight day flight to the International Space Station well behind him, Tito has […]

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Video Explores Overview Effect – Astronaut Perspectives of Earth and Space

January 26th, 2013

The “Overview Effect” was first described by author Frank White in 1987 – an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and humankind’s place upon it. A recently released short film — ‘Overview’ explores this phenomenon through interviews with five astronauts who have experienced the Overview Effect. A world premier of the 19-minute film […]

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NASA: On the BEAM – New Add-on for Space Station

January 16th, 2013

NASA formally announced today a newly planned addition to the International Space Station – the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM). The partnership to attach BEAM to the ISS involves the space agency and the private company, Bigelow Aerospace of North Las Vegas, Nevada – made possible by a $17.8 million contract to test expandable space […]

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NASA Report: Commercial Crew Progress Continues

December 17th, 2012

A bi-monthly newsletter of accomplishments, progress, and happenings in NASA’s commercial crew and cargo development programs is available from the Commercial Spaceflight Development Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Four months into the Commercial Crew Integrated Capabilities (CCiCap) Space Act Agreements (SAAs), NASA’s industry partners have already completed a combined eight milestones. This informative […]

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