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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Reaches New Heights
2014-01-11 04:11:11

[ Watch the Video: Virgin Galactic Reaches New Heights ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo (SS2) reusable space vehicle reached an altitude of 71,000 feet and speeds of Mach 1.4 during a supersonic test flight conducted early Friday morning, the Sir Richard Branson-owned commercial space travel firm has confirmed. With chief pilot David Mackay and co-pilot Mark Stucky at the helm, the six-passenger aircraft lifted off from...

NASA's SLS Avionics System Sees First Light
2014-01-10 07:25:59

NASA The modern avionics system that will guide the most powerful rocket ever built saw the light -- the "first light," that is. Hardware, software and operating systems for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) recently were integrated and powered up for an inaugural run -- referred to as "first light." When completed, SLS will be capable of powering humans and potential science payloads to deep space. It has the greatest capacity of any launch system ever built, minimizing cost and risk...

cygnus launch
2014-01-10 02:50:39

[ Watch the Video: U.S. Cargo Ship Launches to ISS on First Resupply Mission ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Orbital Sciences Corporation launched its Cygnus cargo spacecraft from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at 1:07 p.m. EST on Thursday for the craft’s first-ever resupply mission to the International Space Station. Over the weekend, Cygnus will conduct maneuvers to position it for rendezvous with the station on Sunday. When the vehicle is...

2014-01-09 16:21:12

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The modern avionics system that will guide NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket ever built, has seen the light. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The flight software and avionics for SLS were integrated and powered for testing Thursday at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., as part of a milestone known as first light. The milestone enables early integration and...

2014-01-09 16:21:07

First Antares(TM) Flight to Use Upgraded CASTOR® 30B Upper Stage Motor ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) provided the second stage propulsion for Thursday's successful launch of Orbital Sciences Corporation's Antares(TM) rocket on its first NASA Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The CRS mission ensures critical supplies are delivered on-time to the only laboratory in microgravity. Liftoff occurred at...

2014-01-09 16:20:39

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Another NASA commercial space partner officially has begun contracted cargo flights to the International Space Station. Dozens of new NASA investigations and other science experiments from across the country are headed to the station aboard Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Cygnus spacecraft as part of the agency's commercial partnerships with U.S. aerospace companies. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The...

ISS gets four more years of funding
2014-01-08 15:02:46

[ Watch the Video: Government Gives ISS More Funding ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA announced at a press conference that the White House has approved funding to extend the life of the International Space Station (ISS). The US space agency said on Wednesday that four years of additional funding for the space station has been approved, which will extend the life of the orbiting outpost until at least 2024. The extra funds will cost $3 billion a year, which...

2014-01-07 08:35:14

VANCOUVER, Jan. 7, 2014 /CNW/ - UrtheCast Corp. (TSX:UR) ('UrtheCast or 'the Company') is very pleased to announce that its two Earth imaging cameras have now been cleared for installation aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The issue that delayed the initial installation of the cameras has now been resolved, allowing for the scheduling of the next spacewalk, which is expected by the end of January. As initially suspected, the problem was found to be a cabling issue...

Sleeping On The Space Station Requires A Strict Routine, Schedule
2014-01-07 03:37:25

[ Watch the Video: How To Give An Astronaut A Good Night's Sleep ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While astronauts are not immune to sleep deprivation, those aboard the International Space Station (ISS) take measures to try and find a regular sleeping pattern. Earth helps provide nature’s cues on when to sleep by rotating, creating sunrises and sunsets. However, in space, astronauts experience 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours, so a pattern must be...

2014-01-06 20:20:13

Navia launches as the World's first and only commercially available driverless vehicle LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- (CES) - Induct today announced the launch of the world's first intelligent, electric and driverless shuttle, Navia, in the U.S. with a live demonstration of the vehicle at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV. Already deployed with partnerships in Switzerland, the UK and Singapore, the Navia self-driving shuttle navigates streets congested with...


Latest Manned spacecraft Reference Libraries

History Of Space Exploration
2013-10-06 08:29:34

Space exploration is the exploration and discovery of outer space by use of space technology and is conducted by both robotic spacecraft and humans. Astronomy, which is the viewing of objects in space from Earth, is thought to predate recorded history, but it was the inspiration to modern space exploration. Humans explore space for many reasons including the survival of humankind if Earth cannot sustain life, uniting nations, and scientific research. Physical space exploration began in...

Roberto Vittori
2012-10-27 14:08:27

Roberto Vittori is an ESA astronaut as well as an Italian Air Force Officer and a test pilot for the United States. Vittorri was born on October 15, 1964 in Viterbo, Lazio, Italy and attended the Italian Air Force Academy, graduating in 1989. While working towards his graduation from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland in 1995, Vittori operated the Tornado GR1 along with the 50th Wing of the 155th Squadron in Piacenza, Italy from 1991 to 1994. During this time, he...

Stephen Frick
2012-10-27 14:05:11

Stephen Nathaniel Frick is an American astronaut having flown two Space Shuttle missions. Frick was also appointed as a United States Naval officer and qualified as an F/A-18 fighter pilot. Frick was born on September 30, 1964 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Pine-Richland High School in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania in 1982. After receiving his high school diploma, Frick went on to the United States Naval Academy in 1986 to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace...

Janice Voss
2012-10-27 13:58:18

Janice Elaine Voss was a NASA astronaut as well as an American Engineer whom flew in space five times placing her at first for holding the record for American women. Voss was born on October 8, 1956 in South Bend, Indiana. She attended Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham, Massachusetts and graduated in 1972. She then attended Purdue University to receive her bachelor’s degree in engineering while concurrently working at the Johnson Space Center. After Purdue University, Voss...

Lodewijk van den Berg
2012-10-27 13:54:11

Lodewijk van den Berg is a naturalized American chemical engineer born in the Netherlands whom was rather dedicated to crystal growth and also rode aboard as a payload specialist on the 1985 Space Shuttle Challenger mission. He was born in Sluiskil, Netherlands on March 24, 1932. He worked to get his Engineer’s degree in chemical engineering at the Delft University of Technology in Netherlands from 1949 to 1961. After moving to the United States, Van den Berg continued his education to...

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