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First Glide In Powered Flight Configuration Completed By SpaceShipTwo
2012-12-21 15:26:23

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo today undertook its 23rd glide flight in the pre-powered portion of its incremental test flight program. This was a significant flight as it was the first with rocket motor components installed, including tanks. It was also the first flight with thermal protection applied to the spaceship´s leading edges. It followed an equally successful test flight last Friday which saw SpaceShipTwo fly in this configuration, but remain mated to its WhiteKnightTwo...

X-37B Launch Successful
2012-12-11 19:05:38

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The Air Force's mysterious robotic space plane X-37B launched successfully on Tuesday afternoon, kickstarting another one of its secretive missions. The mini-space shuttle spacecraft, also referred to as the OTV-3, flew aboard an Atlas V craft, rocketing towards its orbit from Cape Canaveral in Florida just after 1:00 p.m. local time. X-37B is now officially on its third mission which is sure to bring much speculation as to...

2012-12-11 16:20:43

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- UTC Aerospace Systems developed and manufactured the space flight actuation system and remote interface unit supporting the recent successful flight of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV). The X-37B is a new space vehicle designed by Boeing, in conjunction with the U.S. Air Force, to help make access to space more routine, affordable and responsive. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). The X-37B OTV is an...

2012-11-14 12:20:42

MOJAVE, Calif. and ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- XCOR Aerospace announced today that it has issued the initial phase of a two-phase contract to ATK's Aerospace Structures Division (NYSE: ATK) for the detailed design and manufacture of the Lynx Mark I suborbital reusable launch vehicle (RLV) wings and control surfaces. This announcement represents a critical milestone in the march toward assembly, test and entry into commercial service of the Lynx. (Photo:...

ESA Schedules Re-Entry Module Test
2012-11-10 11:27:45

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online [ Watch the Video: ESA´s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle ] The European Space Agency's (ESA) Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) re-entry module will participate in a full-space splashdown in early 2013, the organization announced on Friday. The parachute drop test is one of a series of descent and landing tests that the IXV will complete in preparation for its inaugural launch, which is currently scheduled to...

2012-11-08 08:22:50

DAYTON, Ohio, Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Lieutenant Colonel Steve Heck (USAF-ret.) is being honored by the State of Ohio for his work with Citizens in Space, a non-profit project that promotes citizen science and citizen space exploration. Lt. Col. Heck is one of 15 veterans who will be inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame today by Governor John Kasich in a ceremony at the National Museum of the US Air Force here in Dayton. "It's a great honor to be among this select group of...

2012-10-02 02:21:08

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Citizens in Space, a project of the United States Rocket Academy, has been invited to present at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, to be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco on December 3-7. "We are pleased for the opportunity to discuss potential collaboration between professional and citizen scientists before such a distinguished audience," said United States Rocket Academy president Edward Wright. The United States...

2012-09-27 23:04:22

Bye Bye Birdees contracts with Space Expedition for the first commercial daily Suborbital Flights beginning 2014. Benicia, CA (PRWEB) September 27, 2012 Juliet Vercelli-CTC, LS in Benicia, CA recently signed an agreement as a Certified Reseller for Space Expedition Corporation. Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) , a Netherlands company general sales agent for XCOR Aerospace, Inc. This is an exciting adventure as SXC will begin commercial flights in 2014. The operations will take place...

2012-09-25 10:20:10

MOJAVE, Calif., Sept. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- XCOR Aerospace announced today that Bryan Campen has joined the company as its Director of Media and Public Relations. Members of the press and media are invited to update their records. Campen will be responsible for implementing XCOR's media and public relations strategy. "The aggressive revenue ramp we saw last year is continuing into 2012 and 2013 which is supporting XCOR's transformation from a small R&D company to the...

Suborbital Spaceflight Company Announces Plan To Move Flight Center To Kennedy Space Center
2012-08-24 11:21:49

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Suborbital commercial spaceflight company XCOR Aerospace will be setting up shop far from its founding grounds of Mojave, California. According to officials, the next-generation spaceflight firm will be heading to Florida where it will build its vehicles and launch tourists, researchers and payloads from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). XCOR, which is developing the two-seat Lynx Mark II reusable launch vehicle, is planning on...