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Friday 18 April 2014

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Bill will enable sRLV's to hold simultaneous commercial licenses and launch permits. - (photo) Virgin Galactic

Committee Passes Bill Allowing FAA to Issue Permits and Licenses for Same Vehicle

Senate Bill Will Speed Further Development of XCOR Aerospace and Virgin Galactic Space Planes WASHINGTON,
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April 10th, 2014
The XCOR® Lynx® Mark I cockpit in its shipping cradle; in the background the fuselage and liquid oxygen tank being prepped for integration and testing. - XCOR Aerospace

XCOR Aerospace Receives Lynx Mark I Cockpit

Key Subsection Enables Plane Assembly to Begin MOJAVE, Calif. — XCOR Aerospace announced today that
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April 9th, 2014
Concept of view from the Lynx cockpit. - XCOR Aerospace

‘Celebrity Fight Night’ Charity to Auction XCOR Space Flight

Star-Studded Charity Night Features Lynx Spaceplane Trip to Space PHOENIX, Ariz. — Celebrity Fight Night
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April 5th, 2014
SpaceShipOne Pilots Brian Binnie (left) and Mike Melvill stand in front of their X-Prize-winning suborbital spacecraft. - Scaled Composites

Brian Binnie Joins XCOR Aerospace Test Pilot Ranks

Celebrated Aviator on Board as Lynx Spaceplane Closer to Flying MOJAVE, Calif. — XCOR Aerospace
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April 3rd, 2014
Some of the vehicles available to the Flight Opportunities Program. - NASA

NASA Selects New Suborbital Technology Payloads

Eleven Parabolic and two sRLV Flights Chosen EDWARDS, Calif. -— NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program has
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April 2nd, 2014
Visuals and data readouts during the test at Mojave Air and Space Port. - Astrobotic Technology

Astrobotic Technology Announces Successful Landing System Test

Astrobotic Autolanding System Completes Open-loop Flight on Masten Suborbital Rocket PITTSBURGH, Pa. and MOJAVE, Calif.
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March 31st, 2014
Masten Space Systems' Xombie technology demonstration test bed ascends into the Mojave Desert sky from the Mojave Air and Space Port during a March 2013 flight.
- NASA / Tom Tschida

NASA Seeks Suborbital Flight Services Proposals for Tech Demos

NASA Wants Deep Pool of Companies Providing Sub-orbital Flight Opportunities WASHINGTON, D.C. — NASA is
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March 25th, 2014
The former Roosevelt Roads Naval Air Station. - US Navy

Virgin Galactic Buys Operations Base in Puerto Rico [UPDATE]

UPDATE MAR. 11: The secretary of the Economic Development and Trade Department of Puerto Rico,
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March 9th, 2014
SpaceX's newest rocket, the Falcon Heavy - a rocket powerful enough to take us back to the Moon, will fly in 2014. - SpaceX

2014: The Year Ahead in Space

A Very Good Year… Especially for the United States Views and opinions expressed in this
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January 20th, 2014
Feathered Flight during SpaceShipTwo's third powered flight on 10 January 2014 over the Mojave desert.

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Powers to 71,000 Feet

Third Supersonic Test for Branson’s Space Tourism Vehicle MOJAVE, Calif. – Today, Virgin Galactic, the
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January 10th, 2014
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A ‘Go’ To Build OSIRIS-REx on This Week @NASA

Here’s some of the stories trending on the weekly video magazine: OSIRIS-REx build go ahead,
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Rocket designer Tom Mueller poses with rocket engines on the SpaceX factory floor in Hawthorne, California. - Roger Gilbertson

News

Aerospace Tax Break Bill Goes to California Governor

Ten Year Moratorium on Space Hardware Aims to Keep Firms from Leaving State SACRAMENTO, CALIF.
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Concept of SNC’s Dream Chaser® spacecraft landing on the runway at Houston’s Ellington Field. - SNC

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Agreement to Explore Dream Chaser Use of Houston Space Port

Sierra Nevada and Houston Airport System Will Study Physical, Operational and Regulatory Requirements HOUSTON, Texas
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Concept of NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft preparing to take a sample from asteroid Bennu. - NASA/Goddard

Planetary

Asteroid Sampler OSIRIS-REx Moves from Paper to Metal Bending

NASA Spacecraft Scheduled to Rendezvous with Asteroid Bennu in 2018 WASHINGTON, D.C. — NASA’s team
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LDSD: We Brake for Mars

A entertaining and informative video from JPL: NASA tests a supersonic parachute under Mars-like conditions
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Video

Copernicus Satellite Sentinel-1A Rides Into Space

Sentinel-1 is the first in the family of satellites for Europe’s Copernicus program. It carries
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Part of the current U.S. Air Force space program, the X-37B space plane. - USAF

News

Will the Air Force have a Role in Deep Space?

by edward wright Lieutenant Colonel Peter Garretson asks whether the US Air Force will have
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The SOHO LASCO C2 instrument captured this image of the Earth-directed Coronal Mass Ejection. - ESA/NASA

Environment

Living in Space: Radiation

by liam ginty As we push toward a space settlement future, some of the earliest
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