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2012-07-11 11:23:41

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The U.K. government is embracing the future by working on regulations in order to allow the operation of spaceplanes. The new regulations would enable launch systems like the Skylon concept being developed by Reaction Engines Limited (REL) to take place in the U.K. Currently, these types of vehicles are prohibited from using European airspace, but the government is looking to change that. REL's Skylon vehicle would take off...

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2012-07-10 11:42:35

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Virgin Galactic spaceship is expected to be making a debut at Farnborough International Airshow, which is considered to be the world's leading aviation marketplaces. The airshow lasts for six days, and will bring 250,000 industry people and fans to a small town west of London. According to reports, Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, will be using the event to reveal design changes to the company's SpaceShipTwo. This...

Top Secret USAF Space Plane Completes 15-Month Mission
2012-06-17 05:35:11

After spending one year and three months orbiting the Earth, an unmanned Air Force space plane completed its top secret mission early Saturday morning, successfully touching down at the Vandenberg Air Force Base, the Associated Press (AP) and other media outlets have reported. According to W.J. Hennigan of the Los Angeles Times, the autonomous X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, which was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in March 2011, touched down at 5:48am PDT. The...

2012-06-04 12:29:09

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Space Systems successfully completed a "captive carry test" of its full-scale Dream Chaser orbital crew vehicle Tuesday, marking a new milestone in the company's effort to develop transportation for astronauts to low Earth orbit and the International Space Station. During the test, the Dream Chaser flight vehicle was carried under an Erickson Air-Crane helicopter to assess the vehicle's aerodynamic flight performance, which will allow additional flight tests...

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2012-05-31 15:39:35

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com The super-secret Air Force spaceplane that has been orbiting the Earth for over a year is coming in for a landing in June. The exact date on which the unmanned spaceplane enters back into the Earth's atmosphere is dependent on weather and other conditions, but the Air Force said on Wednesday it expects the landing to occur in early to mid-June. "The men and women of Team Vandenberg are ready to execute safe landing operations anytime and at a moment's...

Future Tourism Spacecraft Receives FAA Permit
2012-05-31 10:43:55

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com Space tourism just received one giant leg up by the U.S. government as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted Virgin Galactic an experimental launch permit for its SpaceShipTwo. Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo will be taking space tourists to suborbital trips above the Earth, and the permit granted by the FAA brings the company one step closer. “This important milestone enables our team to progress to the rocket-powered...

'Critical' Spaceplane Engine Testing Underway
2012-04-29 04:30:10

Testing has begun on an engine that could make it possible for a plane to travel into space, travel at five times the speed of sound, and make it possible to reach any destination on the planet in no more than four hours, Suzannah Hills of the Daily Mail reported on Saturday. The vehicle in question is the Skylon, an unmanned, reusable spaceplane that is currently in development at UK aerospace company Reaction Engines Ltd (REL). According to Hill, the craft can take off and land from any...

Image 1 - Sierra Nevada Delivers Flight Test Vehicle Structure
2012-02-07 04:38:42

One of NASA's industry partners, Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC), recently delivered the primary structure of its first Dream Chaser flight test vehicle to the company's facility in Louisville, Colo., where it will be assembled and integrated with secondary systems. This is one of 12 milestones to be completed under SNC's funded Space Act Agreement (SAA) with NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP). "It's rewarding to see our partner's ideas and concepts come to fruition," said CCP Program Manager...

Air Force Spaceplane Could Be 'Spying On China'
2012-01-05 12:38:47

According to a report by Spaceflight, the classified X-37B U.S. Air Force spaceplane is most likely spending its time in orbit spying on China. The X-37B launched into orbit in March of last year and has not returned to Earth yet.  The Pentagon refused to discuss its mission, but amateur space trackers say its path around the globe is nearly identical to China's spacelab. "Space-to-space surveillance is a whole new ball game made possible by a finessed group of sensors and sensor...


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