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Virgin Galactic
2014-06-01 03:51:20

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Commercial space travel is one step closer to being a reality, thanks to a historic deal between Virgin Galactic, Spaceport America and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) governing suborbital flights launched from the New Mexico facility. The first-of-its-kind agreement establishes how the FAA will coordinate with Spaceport America, which will serve as the launch base for Sir Richard Branson’s suborbital flights, said...

Travel To The Edge Of Space In Style
2013-10-23 03:43:47

[ Watch the Video: Riding High To The Edge Of Space ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online If you’ve ever wanted to touch the stars, but can’t afford the quarter-of-a-million dollars required to hitch a ride on a rocket, a new Arizona-based start-up has come up with a slightly more affordable alternative means of transportation. The company is a subsidiary of Paragon Space Development Corporation named World View, and according to Joel Achenbach of the...

2013-06-24 23:27:42

First successful space launch for NASA's Flight Opportunities Program Spaceport America, New Mexico (PRWEB) June 23, 2013 The SpaceLoft rocket lifted off at 7:57 a.m. (MT), on a suborbital mission carrying six payloads for NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program. The six payloads represent experiments to develop and advance future technologies. Additionally, New Mexico Space Grant Consortium flew educational experiments representing students from high school through Universities....

2013-06-18 09:42:42

News media representatives are invited to witness the first research flight on a suborbital rocket funded by NASA's Flight Opportunities Program when UP Aerospace Inc.'s SpaceLoft 7 vehicle lifts off June 21 at Spaceport America near Las Cruces, New Mexico. Liftoff is scheduled to occur between 7 and 10 a.m. MDT. NASA has funded the flight for seven space-technology experiments to be flown in a space-relevant environment aboard the UP Aerospace sounding rocket. The sub-orbital flight is...

Spaceport America Gets A New Tenant
2013-05-08 04:24:18

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez announced on Tuesday that SpaceX has signed a three-year agreement to use Spaceport America for flight testing. According to a Spaceport America statement, SpaceX will be leasing land and facilities at the New Mexico site to conduct the next phase of flight testing for its reusable rocket program. “I am thrilled that SpaceX has chosen to make New Mexico its home, bringing their revolutionary...

Virgin Galactic Starts Forking Out Rent For Spaceport
2013-01-29 13:48:54

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Virgin Galactic is begrudgingly agreeing to pay New Mexico rent on the spaceport the state built for Richard Brandon's space tourism business, according to a report by The Associated Press (AP). The report said that Virgin Galactic wrote to the New Mexico Spaceport Authority that it does not believe the state has finished the work necessary to trigger activation of its $1 million annual rental obligation. Virgin also said that if the...

Spaceport Liability Coverage An Issue With Virgin Galactic
2013-01-14 03:50:53

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Officials from Virgin Galactic are reportedly threatening to pull their support from a $200-plus million, publicly financed spaceport in New Mexico unless an accident liability waver is extended to cover manufacturers and component suppliers. According to Edward Helmore of The Guardian, Sir Richard Branson´s space tourism company has been displeased with state lawmakers failure to grant the extension. New Mexico...

Medicals For Space Travel
2012-12-14 21:51:05

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online As private companies, like Virgin Galactic, race to send travelers into space, the medical community must begin to address the hazards of both an actual trip into orbit and the ramifications upon return for the average person. With these unprecedented situations looming just over the horizon for medical professionals, a group of Canadian and U.S. scientists have published a paper on the subject in the Christmas edition of the...

Build A Spaceport, Wait For Reward
2012-09-23 16:19:30

April Flowers for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In the 1989 film classic, Field of Dreams, Ray Kinsella is told, "If you build it, they will come." The developers of Spaceport America have been depending on that idea. So far, it isn't working out. With a $209 billion dollar tax-payer funded price tag, Spaceport America is a rather large gamble for the New Mexico Space Authority (NMSA), the organization who designed, built and will operate the world's first private space...


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  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
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