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2010-02-04 16:14:08

The GOES spacecraft continues its processing at the Astrotech Facility in Titusville, Fla. and fuel was loaded into the GOES-P spacecraft on Saturday, January 30. The fuel will keep GOES-P in orbit for about 14 years. Just as you wouldn't want your car's gas tank to leak, engineers don't want a satellite to leak fuel. So, a team of engineers performed propulsion system pressurization and leak checks before fueling GOES-P. Those preparations were completed on January 22. The GOES-P spacecraft...

2009-12-17 17:39:00

MOJAVE, Calif. and YECHEON-GUN, ROK, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Yecheon Astro Space Center announced today that it has selected XCOR Aerospace as its preferred supplier of suborbital space launch services. Operating under a wet lease model, XCOR intends to supply services to the Center using the Lynx Mark II suborbital vehicle, pending United States government approvals to station the vehicle in the Republic of Korea. XCOR is committed to working with the US Department of State,...

2009-11-16 07:00:00

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 16, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and Emirates Advanced Investments (EAI) completed a series of environmental guided test flights of the TALON Laser-Guided Rocket. The TALON LGR rounds were pre-conditioned in extreme hot and cold temperatures prior to the flights and hit targets at ranges of 2, 3 and 5 kilometers (1.24, 1.86 and 3.1 miles) during the tests. The TALON LGR is a low-cost, semi-active laser guidance and control kit that...

2009-09-22 22:59:00

MOJAVE, Calif., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Masten Space Systems successfully demonstrated multiple sustained free flights of its XA-0.1B vertical take-off, vertical landing (VTVL) rocket this past week. The longest flight was 93 seconds and involved a flight between two pads 60 meters apart. This marks the first time a purely rocket powered VTVL has flown from Mojave Air and Space Port. "The flight was absolutely beautiful! The control systems were designed to control the vehicle to high...

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2009-09-16 11:03:46

Fifty years ago in 1959, test pilot Scott Crossfield threw the switch to ignite the twin XLR-11 engines of his North American Aviation X-15 rocket plane and begin the storied test program's first powered flight. It was a real kick in the pants. "The drop from the B-52 carrier aircraft was pretty abrupt, and then when you lit that rocket a second or two later you definitely felt it," said Joe Engle, another X-15 test pilot and member of the same exclusive fraternity of flyboys that included...

2009-07-16 12:42:00

MONTREAL, July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Pure Entertainment Group Inc, a bespoke event management and luxury concierge company, recently announced a partnership with the only company that provides human space mission to the world marketplace: Space Adventures Ltd. This partnership allows Pure Entertainment Group to be one of the first and only companies in Canada to offer bespoke space travel experiences to its very demanding clientele, such as space-related adventure tours, sub-orbital and...

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2009-07-12 11:15:00

Tourism experts say Hawaii could be the first state where space travelers use rocket planes to get from one place to another, The Associated Press reported. For instance, travelers hopping from the Big Island to Oahu, rather than launching and landing in the same spot, planners envision the planes taking off in one place, traveling through space, and then coming down in another. Space travelers could island hop from Hawaii to Japan in 45 minutes within a decade's time. Chuck Lauer, vice...

2009-05-12 07:03:00

MOJAVE, Calif., May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Masten Space Systems completed their first vertical take-off, vertical-landing (VTVL) rocket flight demonstration Friday. The demonstration proved out the design and controls of the 730lb rocket-powered vehicle, known as XA-0.1B-750 or "Xombie", its internal nickname. While the vehicle was attached to a safety tether, it took off, ascended a few meters, descended, and shut down its engine as designed. The instant the engine shut off the entire team...

2009-02-17 06:00:00

PHOENIX, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Before the first suborbital space ship has even flown its first flight, the cost of commercial "space" travel available to the general public has already dropped by more than fifty percent. RocketShip Tours and XCOR Aerospace recently announced that the cost of their suborbital space flight, which will begin operation in 2010 will be just $95,000. This includes a five-night stay at a luxury resort, complete training, medical evaluation and screening,...

2008-12-16 23:00:00

MOJAVE, Calif., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- XCOR Aerospace, Inc., announced today that it has successfully completed its first test fire of the rocket engine that will be used to power its Lynx suborbital launch vehicle to the edge of space. The new engine, designated the 5K18, produces between 2500-2900 lbf thrust by burning a mixture of liquid oxygen and kerosene. The engine was fired Monday, December 15th, 2008 at XCOR's rocket test facility located at the Mojave Air and Space Port. The...


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  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
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