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Russia May Lose Cosmodrome Lease
2012-12-10 19:26:25

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Russia's lease with the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch facility in Kazakhstan may be suspended, according to several reports. Russia has been renting the Baikonur launch pad from Kazakhstan since 1994 and the leasing contract is valid until 2050. However, Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency reported that Kazcosmos head Talgat Musabayev said the rent agreement on Baikonur has "run its course." Dropping the lease could create...

Final Science Instrument Installed On NASA’s LADEE Spacecraft
2012-10-26 09:54:25

Engineers at NASA´s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., have installed the third and final science instrument that will fly onboard NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE). LADEE is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface and environmental influences on lunar dust. "The installation of the final science instrument to LADEE´s flight structure in the clean...

2012-10-02 08:44:34

Orbital Sciences Corporation Monday rolled the first stage of its Antares rocket to the launch pad of the nation's newest spaceport - the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island, Va. - while in Florida, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) moves ahead with preparations for an Oct. 7 launch to the International Space Station for NASA's first Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) mission. These developments mark progress in returning space station resupply missions to American soil....

Space Coast Abuzz Over Mini-shuttle X-37B
2012-09-30 05:54:50

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The mysterious US Air Force (USAF) space plane that ended a top secret 15 month mission over the summer could have its base of operations consolidated to the state of Florida, according to recent media reports. The unmanned X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, which departed from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in March 2011 but landed at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in June 2012, could have its third flight both begin and...

2012-09-29 09:05:29

The first SpaceX launch for NASA's Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 7, from Space Launch Complex 40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. There is a single instantaneous launch opportunity for the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule at 8:35 p.m. EDT. Backup launch opportunities are available on Oct. 8 and Oct. 9, if needed. NASA Television launch coverage from Cape Canaveral begins at 7 p.m. on Oct. 7. The launch of the Dragon...

NASA's Hurricane Mission A Reality Due To Cutting-Edge Technology
2012-09-26 08:00:00

Cutting-edge NASA technology has made this year's NASA Hurricane mission a reality. NASA and other scientists are currently flying a suite of state-of-the-art, autonomously operated instruments that are gathering difficult-to-obtain measurements of wind speeds, precipitation, and cloud structures in and around tropical storms. "Making these measurements possible is the platform on which the instruments are flying," said Paul Newman, the deputy principal investigator of NASA's Hurricane and...

NASA Land Requested By State Of Florida
2012-09-24 04:27:16

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The state of Florida has reportedly contacted NASA to ask the US space agency to turn over 150 acres of land in Cape Canaveral to the state's aerospace development group for the construction of a commercial spaceport. According to Irene Klotz of Reuters, Florida Lieutenant Governor and Space Florida Chairwoman Jennifer Carroll wrote a letter to NASA head Charles Bolden and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood requesting 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...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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