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Virgin Galactic Opens FAITH Assembly Facility
2011-09-20 09:14:57

  Virgin Galactic opened its Final Assembly, Integration and Test Hanger (FAITH) at Mojave Air and Space Port on Monday. The $8 million hanger supports the final stages of production for the company's WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo. “Today marks another important step along the road to opening space for everyone," Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson said at the grand opening. "We´re extremely proud of the new FAITH building, which is the world´s first...

Spacecraft Funded By Amazom Executive Crashes
2011-09-04 05:02:31

  An unmanned spacecraft funded by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos veered off course during a recent test flight and had to be destroyed, the Wall Street Journal first reported Saturday. In the article, reporter Andy Pasztor said that the incident with the Blue Origin LLC-developed vehicle occurred on August 24 at the company's spaceport in West Texas. Pasztor noted that the vehicle "started to go off course and ground personnel lost normal contact with the vehicle." Investigators...

Low-Maintenance, Reliable Spacecraft In NASA's Future, Experts Predict
2011-09-03 05:22:14

  A spacecraft that can be reused and is capable of making more than 1,000 flights each year would drive down NASA's expenses and could radically change the agency's future, one aerospace expert argued during a recent presentation on the future of space travel. Speaking at the Kennedy Space Center on August 31, Jay Penn of The Aerospace Corporation in Los Angeles admitted that such a proposal would not be possible in the immediate future, but said that it could drastically reduce...

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2011-08-17 12:20:00

A Russian company has announced plans to build a hotel in space in 2016. According to the plans, the hotel would orbit 217 miles above ground and will have room for seven guests in four cabins, each with views of the Earth below. The Commercial Space Station will reportedly be more comfortable than the International Space Station (ISS).  The tourists will arrive at the hotel by riding aboard a Soyuz rocket and stay for two days.  The guests will eat food prepared on Earth that...

2011-08-10 14:05:39

NASA has selected seven companies to integrate and fly technology payloads on commercial suborbital reusable platforms that carry payloads near the boundary of space. As part of NASA's Flight Opportunities Program, each successful vendor will receive an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract. These two-year contracts, worth a combined total of $10 million, will allow NASA to draw from a pool of commercial space companies to deliver payload integration and flight services. The...

2011-08-01 09:00:00

SEATTLE, Aug. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Seattle's iconic Space Needle announced today that it will be sending someone from the general public into space in what it is calling Space Race 2012. This mission is in celebration of the Space Needle's 50th Anniversary and it highlights the Space Needle's heritage of its futuristic effort to herald innovation, technology and human achievement of the coming 50 years. "The Space Needle was built when our country was in a global space race. With...

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2011-08-01 11:50:00

Organizers of Seattle's Space Needle say they want to celebrate the iconic symbol's 50th anniversary by sending someone to space. "We went back to 1962 and questioned why the Space Needle was built," Ron Sevart, President and CEO of the Pacific Northwest landmark, told the Associated Press (AP). "It was an optimistic time, a forward-looking time, right in the middle of the space race." His team decided to create a multi-tiered contest to send someone into orbit using a company from the...


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Sir Richard Branson
2013-08-10 06:47:02

Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson, born July 18, 1950, in Surrey, England, is a British business magnate and investor. He is best known as the founder and chairman of Virgin Group of more than 400 companies. His net worth as of 2013 is $4.6 Billion (US). He is the fourth (4th) richest person in the UK, according to Forbes Magazine. His first business venture was a magazine called Student at the age of 16. By 1969, Branson was living in a London commune, surrounded by the British...

Owen Garriott
2012-10-02 10:26:07

Owen Garriott is a former United States Navy officer and NASA astronaut. He was born Owen Kay Garriott on November 22, 1930 in Enid, Oklahoma. In 1948 he graduated from Enid High School and then went on to attend the University of Oklahoma, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in 1953. He subsequently joined the United States Navy and worked his way to the role of officer. However, just three years later Garriott decided to leave the Navy to pursue a higher...

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Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'