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2014-08-19 16:20:49

REDONDO BEACH, Calif., Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) with Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic is developing a preliminary design and flight demonstration plan for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Experimental Spaceplane XS-1 program. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20121024/LA98563LOGO A photo accompanying this release is available at: http://media.globenewswire.com/noc/mediagallery.html?pkgid=27176. XS-1has a reusable...

2014-06-30 08:20:52

SXC to become "XCOR Space Expeditions" MOJAVE, Calif., June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- XCOR Aerospace announced today that it has closed the acquisition of all operational subsidiaries of Space Expedition Corporation, the previously independent Dutch company also known as SXC. SXC served as XCOR's general sales agent for XCOR(®) Lynx(®) flight sales and as their lead wet lease customer. The new sales entity, XCOR Space Expeditions, will continue to focus on sales, commercial...

2014-03-25 16:20:17

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is seeking proposals from U.S. commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicle providers to integrate and fly technology payloads for the space agency. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO NASA uses companies for suborbital flights to encourage and facilitate the growth of this important aerospace market while also providing a means to advance a wide range of new launch vehicle and space technologies. NASA...

DARPA Dreams Up Satellite-Launching Hypersonic Space Plane
2014-02-12 15:03:51

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new program established by DARPA is looking to build a spaceplane that is able to launch satellites into orbit. The Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program will help add a quick, affordable and routine ride to space. The program aims to build a fully reusable unmanned hypersonic vehicle that DARPA said would be like providing “aircraft-like access to space.” The proposed vehicle would launch from a “clean pad” with a small...

Zero-G Corp Gives Virgin Galactic Ticket Holders A Weightless Ride
2013-10-07 15:27:30

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic continues preparations to soon offer passengers a few minutes in suborbital space, those who have already reserved a spot on the company's next-gen space plane are getting a chance to experience weightlessness ahead of schedule. Virgin Galactic has teamed up with Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G) to provide future astronauts the opportunity to experience zero gravity without leaving the...

UK Space Agency Invests Into Development Of Air-breathing Rocket Engine
2013-07-16 11:45:46

ESA The UK government has announced plans to invest in the development of an air-breathing rocket engine -- intended for a single-stage-to-orbit spaceplane -- following the ESA-managed feasibility testing of essential technology. The 60 million euros investment, provided through the UK Space Agency, will back technical improvements leading to construction of a prototype Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine, or SABRE. Designed by UK company Reaction Engines Ltd, this unique engine...

2013-04-17 12:12:38

For a second year, NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals for suborbital technology payloads and spacecraft capability enhancements that could help revolutionize future space missions. Selected technologies will travel to the edge of space and back on U.S. commercial suborbital vehicles and platforms, providing opportunities for testing before they are sent to work in the unforgiving environment of space. The Game Changing Opportunities in Technology...

X-37B Prepares For Mission
2012-12-10 19:42:14

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The super secret Air Force space plane that looks like a mini-space shuttle is set to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in less than 24 hours. The X-37B unmanned space plane will be undergoing its third launch, set upon a top secret mission by the Air Force. The spacecraft has a payload capacity about the size of a small truck bed, the contents of which are unknown. X-37B will be hitching a ride aboard United...


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  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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