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2011-03-07 08:10:27

An experimental military space orbiter, known as the Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), lifted off aboard an unmanned Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Saturday in a demonstration run that could last as long as nine months. It is the second such craft to be put in orbit under the US military's X-37B program, Reuters is reporting. The Boeing-built X-37B looks like a smaller version of NASA's space shuttle orbiters -- 29 feet long, 14 feet across. The one-third scale shuttles are...

2010-12-21 14:25:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is seeking proposals from researchers interested in testing new technologies during suborbital flights. The agency also is requesting information from commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicle providers and commercial payload integrators about carrying the technology payloads. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The selected payloads will fly on aircraft that provide parabolic flight trajectories and...

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2010-12-03 08:50:00

The unmanned X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle has successfully landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, marking the end of the miniature space shuttle's secret seven month mission for the US Air Force, various media outlets reported on Friday. The landing occurred at the military facility located some 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles at 1:16 am PST, Vandenberg spokesman Jeremy Eggers told the Associated Press (AP). Eggers called the landing "very exciting" and added that the X-37B was...

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2010-12-01 09:15:00

A miniature, unmanned space shuttle could return to Earth as soon as Friday after completing a nine-month classified mission for the Air Force, military officials announced on Tuesday. The space plane, the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, will land at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Los Angeles sometime between Friday and Monday, Air Force officials said in a statement. The exact time of touchdown will depend on weather conditions and technical factors, they noted. Preparations for the landing began...

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2010-10-22 13:53:39

Virgin Galactic will pass another milestone today in its efforts to bring commercial spaceflight to reality. Billionaire Richard Branson and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson will host a ceremony later today marking the completion of the main runway at Spaceport America in the New Mexico desert. Branson told CNN on Friday that Virgin is "getting close" to sending tourists into space. "The mothership has been finished and flying for a while now," he said. "We'll do many, many, many test...

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2010-09-27 09:20:00

Speaking before a business conference in Kuala Lumpur, entrepreneur Richard Branson confirmed that his Virgin Galactic company will be ready to begin commercial space flights within the next 18 months, French news agency AFP reported on Monday. "We just finished building SpaceShipTwo. We are 18 months away from taking people into space," the British billionaire told those attending the conference. According to the AFP, he also noted that the cost of the service would begin at $200,000....

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2010-09-16 07:20:24

On Wednesday, ESA held the first IXV Industrial Workshop. Thales Alenia Space and its main industrial partners presented the detailed design of ESA's Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle. The workshop was hosted by Dassault Aviation in Saint Cloud, France. This was the first opportunity for industry to present the hardware development activities that have been undertaken to support the proposed design solutions. During the event, technical and programmatic achievements in the IXV project were...

2010-08-21 08:48:43

A special aircraft designed to launch a suborbital passenger spaceship was damaged in an accident on a California runway, according to Scaled Composites, the spaceship's manufacturer.Scaled Composites, in a statement on its website, called Thursday's incident "minor" and noted that SpaceShipTwo was not attached to the carrier aircraft, known as WhiteKnightTwo.WhiteKnightTwo's left main landing gear collapsed on the runway, according to a report by industry trade publication Aviation Week...

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2010-04-04 07:45:00

The Air Force plans to launch a robotic spacecraft this month - which resembles a small space shuttle - to conduct technology tests in orbit and then glide home to a California runway. owever, the Associated Press (AP) reports, the ultimate goal of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle remains a mystery as it prepares to be launched April 19 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. "As long as you're confused you're in good shape," defense analyst John Pike, director of Globalsecurity.org, told AP's John...

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2009-06-16 12:35:00

Today at the Paris Air Show being held at Le Bourget, ESA and Thales Alenia Space have established the agreement for the authorisation to proceed with the development of the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) atmospheric reentry demonstrator. The IXV project is part of the ESA Future Launchers Preparatory Programme (FLPP). The objective of IXV is to develop a European autonomous atmospheric reentry demonstrator system, characterised by high aerodynamic performance due to its lifting...


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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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