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Virgin Galactic, NASA Ink Space Transportation Deal
2011-10-15 04:57:41

NASA has signed a deal with Virgin Galactic to use the Richard Branson-founded company's spacecraft and southern New Mexico spaceport for suborbital flights, various media outlets reported Friday. According to the Associated Press (AP), the deal will allow the U.S. space agency to charter a flight from the company onboard SpaceShipTwo, and contains options for two additional flights. If the option is picked up for all three flights, it would net Virgin Galactic a total of $4.5 million....

2011-09-19 14:48:00

DENVER, Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced today that Mark Bitterman has joined the company as the Vice President of Washington D.C. Operations. "Mark brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the ULA team," said Michael Gass, ULA's president and CEO. "His background interacting with key Washington D.C. customer communities, including Congress, White House Staff, NASA, and the Departments of Defense, Commerce and Transportation will be...

2011-09-10 11:08:00

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., Sept. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket carrying the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft for NASA lifted off from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-17B here at 9:08 a.m. EDT today. This launch marks the 9th flight for ULA in 2011, the 49th Delta II mission for NASA and the last currently-planned flight from this launch complex. "With the final launch from SLC-17, we reflect on the tremendous...

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2011-08-05 11:15:00

Boeing Co. announced Thursday plans to launch its seven-seat spaceship on a test run to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2015 using Atlas V rockets built by United Launch Alliance (ULA). The project, however, is dependent on additional government funding, Boeing Vice President John Elbon told Reuters during a conference call. He declined to say how much extra would be needed. The timeline is entirely contingent on NASA's budget, but with the retirement of space shuttle program and...

2011-08-03 10:00:00

RESTON, VA, Aug. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - SpaceRef, a provider of new media services since 1999, announced today that it was launching its first magazine, Space Quarterly, in both digital and print format. Space Quarterly will be published in two editions: a U.S. edition with an international section and a Canadian edition. To complement Space Quarterly, SpaceRef will also launch a new online service, the SpaceRef Forum, where readers can participate in ongoing discussions on topics...

2011-07-26 09:54:00

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa., July 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The NASTAR(®) Center, the premier commercial aerospace training and research center in the world, completed the first dedicated NASTAR Suborbital Scientist Training Program for the Atsa Suborbital Observatory project, with eight team members from the Planetary Science Institute (PSI), The Citadel, and other South Carolina colleges. The Atsa project will use a reusable suborbital spacecraft equipped with a specially designed...

2011-07-21 15:15:00

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa., July 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The NASTAR® Center, the premier commercial aerospace training and research center in the world, completed another Suborbital Scientist Training Course for private astronauts that will conduct commercial space research missions on suborbital spaceflights. The fifth Suborbital Scientist class (SS Class #5) included 10 individuals, eight of which were Astronauts4Hire members interested in taking commercial payloads into space as...

2011-07-20 12:39:00

CENTENNIAL, Colo., July 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hands-on learning will reach new heights when Colorado high school students and college interns from across the nation blast high-power rockets and payloads deep into the Colorado sky. Now in its fourth year, the high-power rocket event involves more than 100 Colorado high school students and interns from United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., showcasing their collective ingenuity with the launch of six...

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2011-07-19 10:15:00

On Thursday NASA lands its Atlantis space shuttle ending 30 years of shuttle service by the space agency leaving nothing concrete to replace it with. However, NASA has taken the next step to establishing its replacement, BBC News is reporting. The agency has signed an agreement with United Launch Alliance (ULA) to assess its Atlas 5 rocket for use in human missions. The Atlas launch platform is currently used to send US military satellites as well as unmanned science probes for NASA. Although...

2011-07-18 16:33:00

In the news release, NASA Begins Commercial Partnership With United Launch Alliance, issued 18-Jul-2011 by NASA over PR Newswire, we are advised by the organization that the first paragraph, second sentence, should read, "The announcement was made Monday at ULA headquarters in Centennial, Colo" rather than "The announcement was made Monday at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida" as originally issued inadvertently. The complete, corrected release follows: NASA Begins Commercial...