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2014-01-09 20:20:06

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaking at a global space exploration forum Thursday, John P. Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, explained the importance of President Obama's decision to extend International Space Station (ISS) operations until at least 2024. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Holdren discussed the ISS extension plan at the International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF) in...

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...

Falcon 9 Rocket Proves Itself As Viable Geostationary Orbital Launcher
2014-01-07 05:10:09

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online UPDATE: Jan. 7, 2014 (5:10 a.m.) SpaceX has completed its first Falcon 9 launch of the New Year, putting Asian satellite operator THAICOM’s latest spacecraft into geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO). Falcon 9 delivered THAICOM 6 to its targeted 295 x 90,000 km GTO at 22.5 degrees inclination, meeting 100 percent of the mission objectives. The launch occurred January 6 at 5:06 p.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape...

SpaceX Selected To Begin Negotiations For NASA's Launch Complex 39A
2013-12-15 04:15:14

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA has officially decided to begin negotiations with SpaceX over the use and maintenance of Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, ending a highly-charged selection process. The decision came after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced last week that it had ruled against a challenge to NASA plans brought by Blue Origin, a private space exploration company owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos....

Blue Origin Tests Rocket Engine
2013-12-04 12:25:28

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online This is shaping up to be quite a week for Jeff Bezos, as the Amazon founder announced on Tuesday that his aerospace company Blue Origin successfully tested its new, hydrogen- and oxygen-fueled engine, designed to take a ship, crew and cargo into sub-orbit. The announcement came just two days after Bezos revealed that Amazon has been testing unmanned delivery drones. In the test, the engine performed a full-mission duty cycle –...

New Rocket Engine Test-fired By NASA's Commercial Crew Partner Blue Origin
2013-12-04 08:31:40

NASA NASA commercial crew partner Blue Origin of Kent, Wash., announced it has tested a new, hydrogen- and oxygen-fueled engine designed to lift the company's crewed Space Vehicle on future missions out of Earth's atmosphere. Blue Origin is one of the American companies developing next generation rockets and spacecraft capable of carrying humans to low-Earth orbit. Blue Origin conducted the test of its BE-3 rocket engine on a stand at the company's West Texas facility near Van Horn on...

New Step Brings NASA Closer To Launching Astronauts Again
2013-11-20 14:42:21

[ Watch the Video: Launching Astronauts From American Soil ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA said it has taken another step in an effort to once again launch astronauts from American soil by the end of 2017. The US space agency is asking companies to complete development of crew transportation systems that meet NASA certification requirements and to begin conducting crewed flights to the International Space Station. "NASA is committed to launching American...


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