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2011-03-30 15:22:00

FT. MITCHELL, Ky., March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- TECT Power, Inc., a worldwide supplier of rotating components and assemblies for turbine engines for aviation and industrial applications, announced today that Anthony Smith has been named vice president sales and marketing for TECT Power. Prior to joining TECT Power, Smith worked for BAE Systems in business development. He has experience with a number of other major aerospace companies including Gulfstream, Rolls-Royce, General Electric...

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2011-03-01 06:10:00

Virgin Galactic said on Monday that its commercial space flight program will not include just sending space tourists into space, but also scientists who will conduct research experiments. Virgin Galactic signed a contract with Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) that was the first agreement to fly scientists into space. SwRI made deposits for two researchers to fly on a Virgin Galactic spacecraft at $200,000 per person. Virgin Galactic said that SwRI plans to make similar arrangements for...

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2011-01-24 09:25:00

Engineers in the UK are planning to send a smartphone into orbit in order to determine whether or not the device's components can survive space travel and perhaps even be used to operate satellites. The project, which has been dubbed 'STRaND-1 (Surrey Training, Research and Nanosatellite Demonstrator)', is being headed up by researchers at the University of Surrey and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) and is scheduled to be launched into the Earth's orbit later this year. The goal is...

2010-11-27 00:00:51

""¦.blast off!" That's right - The event for Forest Travel and Virgin Galactic held on Nov.18, 2010 at the Four Seasons was a huge success. Miami, FL (PRWEB) November 25, 2010 ""¦.blast off!" That's right - The event for Forest Travel and Virgin Galactic held on Thursday, Nov.18, 2010, at the Four Seasons was a huge success. When entering the Miami Ball Room, guests were registered as future astronauts. From then on, the experience became astonishing and very genuine! Guests...

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2010-10-24 07:45:00

Billionaire Richard Branson said on Friday that Virgin Galactic is planning to compete in the upcoming race to develop orbital space vehicles. NASA plans to issue a solicitation as early as Monday for a follow-up to its $50 million Commercial Crew Development program, which is part of President Barack Obama's plan to revamp the U.S. space program. The program is funding work by five companies as part of Obama's bid to bolster support to private space companies. "There's about four...

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2010-10-04 06:35:00

Virgin Galactic's LauncherOne satellite launching rocket has suffered a setback. The future of LauncherOne, which had once attracted 110 million dollars in investment from Abu Dhabi-based Aabar Investment, is now in doubt after its manager departed the program. LauncherOne was to be air-lifted and launched from Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo aircraft. The rocket would take satellites weighing up to 440 pounds into low-Earth orbit for 1 to 2 million dollars. Aabar Investment offered...

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2010-09-28 12:30:00

A $158 million project to launch three new British spacecraft to take pictures of the surface of the Earth has been announced. The satellites will be able to see details down to just a few feet at their best resolution. The spacecraft manufacturer Surrey Satellite Technology Limited has joined up with its data processing subsidiary, DMCii, to produce the venture. Nations will be able to buy time on the spacecraft if they need to as well. "This constellation of three satellites will be...

2010-06-17 10:47:26

David Williams, Acting Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, will chair the ESA Council for the next year, effective from July 1. He was unanimously elected as Chairman of the ESA Council at the 215th ESA Council meeting, held in Paris, France, on June 16/17. He will take over from Maurici Lucena of Spain. David Williams leads the UK Space Agency, which manages all UK civil space activities. The UK Space Agency was launched on April 1, replacing the British National Space Centre (BNSC),...

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2010-05-11 09:15:00

SSTL has today announced that it will launch the NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X satellites on behalf of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) by a Dnepr launch vehicle from Yasny, Russia on October 29th, 2010. NigeriaSat-2 is the most advanced small satellite ever to be launched, defining new standards in Earth observation and avionics. The spacecraft, which is based upon SSTL's flagship SSTL-300i platform, will be used primarily for resource management and mapping of the...

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2010-03-23 12:35:00

British officials have announced the formation of the new UK Space Agency (UKSA), a multi-million dollar organization that will oversee all space-related activity in the country starting on April 1. The announcement, which also included the unveiling of the UKSA logo and plans for a new $60 million International Space Innovation Center (ISIC) facility in Harwell, Oxfordshire, was made during a March 23 conference in London. The ISIC will be located within the European Space Agency facility...