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2008-07-02 18:00:00

By STEPHEN WHITE BRITAIN'S biggest passenger space rocket is set for its first flight - fuelled by old car tyres. Nova 2 is designed to carry three passengers more than 60 miles above the Earth for 20-minute trips. And to make it more environmentally friendly it will use rocket fuel partly made from recycled tyres. Scientist Steve Bennett, 43, unveiled the rocket at Salford University where he is head of the space technology lab. Steve, who admits he was inspired by children's...

2008-06-30 09:03:14

Russia launches rocket with military satellite MOSCOW, June 27 (Xinhua) -- A Proton-K rocket carrying a Kosmos military satellite was launched from the cosmodrome of Baikonur on Friday, the Itar-Tass news agency reported. The heavy carrier took off at 03:59 Moscow time (23:59 GMT). Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov watched the launch. The launch was successful, both the information service of the space troops and the Titov spacecraft test and control center said. The...

2008-06-28 12:01:00

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) JIUQUAN, Northwest China, June 28 (Xinhua) - Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng, the crew of Shenzhou spacecraft 6, carried the Olympic flame Saturday in the torch relay at the "Dongfeng Space City" in northwest China's Gansu province. A total of 22 bearers took part in the relay in the satellite launch base as most of which were top experts in China's spaceflight programme. Fei, 43, and Nie, 44, had been...

2008-04-28 16:41:38

PARIS -- Israel's Amos-3 telecommunications satellite was placed successfully into geostationary orbit on Monday aboard the inaugural flight of the Russian-Ukrainian Land Launch system, setting the stage for what satellite-fleet operators hope will be a lively competition between Land Launch -- affiliated with Sea Launch Co. of Long Beach, Calif. -- and Russian Soyuz rockets launched from Europe's equatorial spaceport. Amos-3's owner, Spacecom of Tel Aviv, confirmed that the...

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2008-03-17 00:00:00

European aerospace giant EADS says it will require a production line of rocket planes to meet demand for the space tourism market. The company's Astrium division, which makes the Ariene rocket, has plans to make commercial vehicles for consumer flights to altitudes of over 100km (62 miles).Astrium does not plan to run a space tourism operation itself, but would supply vehicles to those who will.  The company anticipates it be would produce about 10 planes a year that would seat five...

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2008-03-05 13:10:53

Young Norwegian Therese Miljeteig won ESA's Automated Transfer Vehicle competition in July 2007. Her music playlist will be launched to the astronauts onboard the International Space Station with Jules Verne ATV. The Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) is Europe's new supply vessel for the International Space Station (ISS). The very first ATV, Jules Verne, is scheduled to launch from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, early in the morning of Sunday 9 March 2008. Jules Verne will bring...

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2008-02-28 15:39:23

Jules Verne, the first Automated Transfer Vehicle, has been encapsulated in its huge fairing on top of the Ariane 5 launcher. With a total mass of about 19 360 kg, Jules Verne is the largest payload ever launched by Ariane 5. This historical mission with the first European space supplier for the ISS is scheduled for a night time launch on 8 March at 04.23 UT.In mid-February, Jules Verne Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), having been filled with a total of 6.5 tons of four different propellants...

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2007-10-21 09:45:00

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan -- In this remote and rusting town on the barren steppes of Central Asia, the space race and the Sputnik era seem much more than a memory. Rockets still pierce the heavens in a halo of smoke during launches, and engineers and military men still crack open bottles of vodka to celebrate a successful launch. What has changed are the passengers. Nowadays Baikonur embraces the world, from wealthy space tourists to the world's first Malaysian cosmonaut, Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor,...

2007-04-06 07:43:53

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Voters in a southern New Mexico county have approved a tax to raise an estimated $49 million toward a $198 million tourism spaceport, according to unofficial returns Thursday. Residents of Dona Ana County voted on the sales tax Tuesday in what backers said was a make-or-break election for the state-supported Spaceport America. "This positive vote for the spaceport ballot initiative means America's new frontier begins in southern New Mexico," Gov. Bill Richardson said...

2007-03-27 10:42:34

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- New Mexico officials have set the ground work to lease part of its commercial spaceport to Virgin Galactic as a base for its space tourism company. British entrepreneur Richard Branson and the state signed a 37-page memorandum of agreement Monday, setting the terms of a lease that calls for the company to pay the state $27.5 million over 20 years. The agreement isn't legally binding, but state Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans said he expects a lease based on the...