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UPDATE: Air Force X-37B Launched

April 21st, 2010

 

UPDATE (April 23, 2010):  The X-37B was successfully launched at 19:52 EDT (23:52 GMT) yesterday, April 22.

ORIGINAL STORY (April 21, 2010):  The Air Force’s experimental X-37B spaceplane is on the pad at Cape Canaveral, FL ready for launch tomorrow evening on an Atlas 5, according to Spaceflightnow.com.  Some call it a spaceplane, some call it a mini-shuttle, and its classified mission adds an air of suspense and mystery.

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Oberg: Commercial Space Taxis May Not Be as Hard To Build As You Think

April 21st, 2010

Jim Oberg has an interesting take on MSNBC today on why commercial space taxis may be easier to build than many people think.   He points out that with the decision to use Orion technology to build a Crew Return Vehicle, for example, the commercial taxis will not have to be designed with an on-orbit dwell time of six months as do Russia’s Soyuz. spacecraft.  They have a relatively simple and straightfoward mission and, he argues, the spacecraft could be “spartan” from a comfort perspective — like food.

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UPDATE: Shuttle Due to Land at 9:08 at KSC

April 20th, 2010

UPDATE:   The weather improved and the shuttle was given the “go” to land at KSC at 9:08 am EDT this morning.

ORIGINAL STORY:  SHUTTLE STILL TRYING TO GET HOME.   NASA managers had to delay Discovery’s landing once more this morning because of bad weather at Kennedy Space Center (KSC). They passed on the first landing opportunity, but hope STS-131 will be able to land at KSC at the second landing opportunity at 9:08 am EDT.  The deorbit burn would take place at 7:56 am.  Otherwise, the shuttle will land at Edwards Air Force Base.  Follow the shuttle’s progress at NASA’s space shuttle website.

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UPDATE 2: Shuttle Lands Safely

April 20th, 2010

UPDATE 2:  The shuttle landed safe and sound.

UPDATE:   The weather improved and the shuttle was given the “go” to land at KSC at 9:08 am EDT this morning.

ORIGINAL STORY:  SHUTTLE STILL TRYING TO GET HOME.   NASA managers had to delay Discovery’s landing once more this morning because of bad weather at Kennedy Space Center (KSC). They passed on the first landing opportunity, but hope STS-131 will be able to land at KSC at the second landing opportunity at 9:08 am EDT.  The deorbit burn would take place at 7:56 am.  Otherwise, the shuttle will land at Edwards Air Force Base.  Follow the shuttle’s progress at NASA’s space shuttle website.

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Shuttle Currently Set to Land at 7:34 am EDT Tuesday

April 20th, 2010

NASA is targeting 7:34 am EDT Tuesday for landing Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-131) according to NASA‘s space shuttle website.   Landing was postponed on Monday due to bad weather at Kennedy Space Center (KSC), FL.   A second opportunity for landing at KSC would be 9:08 am EDT.   Three other landing opportunities are avaiilable at Edwards Air Force Base, CA if bad weather in Florida persists.

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Shuttle Landing Postponed to Tomorrow

April 19th, 2010

Bad weather in Florida has forced NASA to delay Discovery’s landing until tomorrow.  The first opportunity is at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) with landing at 8:33 am.    Edwards Air Force Base is an alternate landing site if the poor weather at KSC persists.

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