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Friday 22 August 2014

Rocket designer Tom Mueller poses with rocket engines on the SpaceX factory floor in Hawthorne, California. - Roger Gilbertson

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. -— Aerospace companies based in California may stay in California if the Governor signs a bill passed by the state senate. The bill, overwhelmingly passed by senators, would exempt rockets and other space hardware built
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Concept of SNC’s Dream Chaser® spacecraft landing on the runway at Houston’s Ellington Field. - SNC

Concept of SNC’s Dream Chaser® spacecraft landing on the runway at Houston’s Ellington Field. - SNC

Orbit

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 — In a joint news conference held today at the Rice University Space Institute, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and the Houston Airport System (HAS) announced plans to explore potential
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Bill will enable sRLV's to hold simultaneous commercial licenses and launch permits. - (photo) Virgin Galactic

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

Sub orbit

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, D.C. –- The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has approved S. 2140, legislation which would fix outdated laws to allow for more advancement in the commercial spaceflight industry.
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Concept of NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft preparing to take a sample from asteroid Bennu. - NASA/Goddard

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 that will conduct the first U.S. mission to collect samples from an asteroid has been given the go-ahead to begin building the spacecraft, flight instruments and ground system, and launch support facilities.
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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

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

Sub orbit

XCOR Aerospace Receives Lynx Mark I Cockpit

Key Subsection Enables Plane Assembly to Begin

MOJAVE, Calif. — 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.
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Part of the current U.S. Air Force space program, the X-37B space plane. - USAF

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 a role in planetary defense and asteroid mining, in the March-April 2014 issue of Air and Space Power Journal.
Lieutenant Colonel Garretson and other Air Force strategists have repeatedly raised the topic of asteroid impacts
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