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Retired NASA Astronaut Embraces Commercial Spaceflight Role

May 8th, 2013

Frederick  “C. J.”  Sturckow, a four time space shuttle commander and pilot, has become the first from NASA’s astronaut corps to join Virgin Galactic as a test pilot for SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft operations, the emerging commercial suborbital passenger launch service announced Tuesday. Sturckow and Michael “Sooch” Masucci, a former U.S. Air Force test […]

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NASA Signs $424 Million Russian Crew Launch Extension for Space Station Missions

April 30th, 2013

  NASA has signed a $424 million contract extension with Roscosmos, the Russian federal space agency, to assure the launch and return of U. S., European, Japanese and Canadian astronauts to and from the International Space Station aboard Soyuz spacecraft through 2017, while Congress and the White House debate funding levels for the space agency’s […]

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Wanted: A “Perfect” Cup of Coffee for Space

April 25th, 2013

Take notice Starbucks! Rice University students have been working with NASA to provide orbiting astronauts the perfect cup of coffee. The issue onboard the International Space Station is that crew members have four set ratios of coffee, creamer and sugar – coffee black, coffee with a lot of sugar, coffee with a lot of creamer […]

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Commercial Space

Orbital Sciences Corp. Scores Antares Launch Success

April 22nd, 2013

Orbital Sciences Corp. launched the Antares rocket from a Virginia launch complex Sunday evening, successfully carrying out a near 19 minute orbital test light that positions the Dulles, Va., based company to become the second U. S. commercial provider of supplies to the six-person International Space Station. The two stage rocket lifted off from the […]

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