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ESA’s Spaceplane Ready For Flight
2014-07-17 03:02:38

ESA All eyes are on ESA’s spaceplane to showcase reentry technologies after its unconventional launch on a Vega rocket this November. Instead of heading north into a polar orbit – as on previous flights – Vega will head eastwards to release the spaceplane into a suborbital path reaching all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Engineers are forging ahead with the final tests on ESA’s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle, IXV, to check that it can withstand the demanding conditions...

Four JPL Suborbital Technology Payloads Chosen By NASA
2014-07-11 03:21:06

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory From hopping/tumbling robots to gecko-inspired adhesives, a variety of technologies have been chosen by NASA for flight on commercial reusable launch vehicles and a commercial parabolic aircraft. The selections were made through NASA's Flight Opportunities Program. The program gives these 13 space technology payloads, including four from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, a chance to be tested before they are used in the harsh...

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...

2014-04-30 08:21:45

New "Admirals" to Play Key Role in Future Texas Space Program AUSTIN, Texas, April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Two citizen-astronaut candidates have been honored by the state of Texas. Edward Wright and Maureen Adams are among the latest Texans to be awarded commissions as Admirals in the Texas Navy by Governor Rick Perry. Admirals Wright and Adams are two of the five astronaut candidates currently being trained by Citizens in Space, a project of the United States Rocket Academy, to...

2014-04-09 16:21:40

Vehicle Integration Commences MOJAVE, Calif., April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- XCOR Aerospace announced today that the XCOR® Lynx® Mark I cockpit has been delivered. AdamWorks engineers, along with XCOR engineers, performed several successful pressure tests before it was packed and shipped to XCOR. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140409/LA01988 The cockpit is the principle major subassembly XCOR needs to begin assembly of the Lynx suborbital spaceplane. "The successful...

2014-03-25 16:20:17

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is seeking proposals from U.S. commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicle providers to integrate and fly technology payloads for the space agency. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO NASA uses companies for suborbital flights to encourage and facilitate the growth of this important aerospace market while also providing a means to advance a wide range of new launch vehicle and space technologies. NASA...

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Reaches New Heights
2014-01-11 04:11:11

[ Watch the Video: Virgin Galactic Reaches New Heights ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo (SS2) reusable space vehicle reached an altitude of 71,000 feet and speeds of Mach 1.4 during a supersonic test flight conducted early Friday morning, the Sir Richard Branson-owned commercial space travel firm has confirmed. With chief pilot David Mackay and co-pilot Mark Stucky at the helm, the six-passenger aircraft lifted off from...

New Rocket Engine Test-fired By NASA's Commercial Crew Partner Blue Origin
2013-12-04 08:31:40

NASA NASA commercial crew partner Blue Origin of Kent, Wash., announced it has tested a new, hydrogen- and oxygen-fueled engine designed to lift the company's crewed Space Vehicle on future missions out of Earth's atmosphere. Blue Origin is one of the American companies developing next generation rockets and spacecraft capable of carrying humans to low-Earth orbit. Blue Origin conducted the test of its BE-3 rocket engine on a stand at the company's West Texas facility near Van Horn on...

Zero-G Corp Gives Virgin Galactic Ticket Holders A Weightless Ride
2013-10-07 15:27:30

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic continues preparations to soon offer passengers a few minutes in suborbital space, those who have already reserved a spot on the company's next-gen space plane are getting a chance to experience weightlessness ahead of schedule. Virgin Galactic has teamed up with Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G) to provide future astronauts the opportunity to experience zero gravity without leaving the...