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2010-12-07 17:01:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The first demonstration flight of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule for NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program has been scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 8, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch window extends from 9 a.m. to 12:22 p.m. EST. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) During a routine inspection this week, SpaceX engineers observed two small...

2010-12-05 06:55:00

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), one of two companies primed to take over space ferry duties to the International Space Station (ISS) once NASA retires its space shuttle program, test-fired a rocket on Saturday in preparation for a Tuesday launch, according to officials. After two aborted test-fire attempts earlier on Saturday and on Friday due to problems, the rocket's nine liquid oxygen and kerosene-burning engines were briefly ignited at 10:50 a.m. EST Saturday, after the issues...

2010-06-15 07:05:48

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and the National Space Organization (NSPO) have signed contract for the launch of NSPO's Earth Observation Satellite, Formosat-5. Formosat-5 will be used to continue the image data service for civilian users and may also carry instruments to conduct space research and scientific experiments. The National Space Organization (NSPO), the civilian space agency of the Republic of China (Taiwan), is involved in the development of space exploration, satellite...

2010-03-28 09:26:32

Before Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon, NASA wanted to learn more about Earth's closest celestial body. So, it sent probes and rovers to check out the conditions. The space agency has sent similar missions to the Red Planet, only now it is turning to future explorers to help learn how to live and work on Mars long before humans travel there. Space Florida recently announced the names of three winning school teams in Florida for the Mars Experiment Design Competition, which will bring...

2010-03-25 15:06:09

The team that operates NASA's Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity will receive the 2010 International Space Ops Award for Outstanding Achievement. The citation for the award, to be presented April 29 in Huntsville, Ala., says, "For remarkable success in meeting unique and varied challenges of operating a rover on Mars and establishing a model for future in-situ operations." The Mars Exploration Rover Project landed the twin rovers on the Red Planet in January 2004 for missions that were...

2008-12-24 13:30:00

Orbital Sciences of Dulles, Va., and SpaceX of Hawthorne, Calif., have been tapped to resupply the International Space Station when the space shuttle retires. The two relatively small companies beat out industry giants Boeing and Lockheed Martin to win the $3.5 billion contract Tuesday, NASA said. Orbital and SpaceX are to share unmanned cargo duties from 2010, when the shuttle fleet retires, until a new U.S. spacecraft is built, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. Russian rockets will...

2008-02-25 15:45:00

Two MIT students are currently living, working and communicating with the outside world as if they were on a mission to Mars. Whenever they go outside their small, round habitat where eight people are spending a two-week "mission," they don spacesuits and pass through an airlock. When they send e-mail, it takes 20 minutes before the recipient can see it--the time it takes for radio waves to travel to and from the red planet.They're not really on Mars, of course--human missions there are not...

2006-07-18 19:03:45

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - The maiden launch of a private rocket bankrolled by a millionaire entrepreneur was doomed by leaking fuel that caught fire seconds after liftoff, a government review board said Tuesday. The Falcon 1 rocket, built by Space Explorations Technologies, launched March 24 from the Pacific island of Kwajalein Atoll. But the fire caused the rocket to fail 34 seconds after liftoff, investigators found. The review determined that "the only plausible cause" of the fire was a...

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