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2014 maiden launch for Long March-7 rocket

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Beijing (XNA) Mar 06, 2013
China's indigenous carrier rocket Long March-7 will hopefully make its first launch in 2014, a senior official of the rocket's designing institute said on Friday.
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Preparing for the 65th International Astronomical Congress; September 29th - October 3rd in Toronto, ON

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It's close to being the greatest show on Earth for space scientists, engineers and policy advocates, second perhaps only to the roar of a manned rocket launch.

Preparations and plans are coming together to make the 65th International Astronomical Congress (IAC 2014), which is being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) in Toronto, Ontario from September 29th - October 2nd, into the best edition yet of what is generally considered to be the "world's premier space event....

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Canada Devising Action Plan for Taking Over Troubled Space Projects - Space News

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VICTORIA, British Columbia — The Canadian Space Agency is working on a plan  to intervene in troubled government space projects, providing commercial firms the technical expertise, if necessary, to complete what they had been hired to do.

 

The backup plan comes after an internal audit found that the Near-Earth Object Surveillance Satellite (NEOSSat), built on contract by a commercial firm, ran into difficulties and fell 41 months behind schedule...

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Humans to Mars a Principle of Space Exploration

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Paris (SPX) Aug 21, 2014
Let's say it straight. Mars is, without any doubt our next step in space exploration, sparking our imagination for many years in spaceflight history.
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Exoskeleton technology set for Navy testing and evaluation

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Orlando, Fla. (UPI) Aug 19, 2014
Exoskeltons from Lockheed Martin that boost a person's strength and endurance are to be tested and evaluated for industrial use by the U.S. Navy.
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ULA Takes Delivery of Two RD-180 Rocket Engines from Russia | SpaceNews.com

ULA Takes Delivery of Two RD-180 Rocket Engines from Russia | SpaceNews.com | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — United Launch Alliance took delivery of a pair of Russian-built RD-180 rocket engines Aug. 20, boosting the inventory at the company’s Decatur, Alabama, assembly facility to 15, the company said in a statement.

 

Denver-based ULA, a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin, uses the Atlas 5 along with its Delta 4 rocket to launch the vast majority of U.S. government payloads. Future availability of the RD-180, particularly for U.S. military missions, has come into question amid a decline in U.S.-Russian relations following Russia’s annexation of Crimea and continuing threats to Ukraine. 

 

The uncertainty has put momentum behind proposals to develop a new liquid-fueled main engine in the United States.


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What you need to know about commercial spaceflight

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In May 2012, the International Space Station's robotic claw, the Canadarm2, caught and secured the first commercial spacecraft to ever dock with the ISS: SpaceX's Dragon capsule. The bullet-shaped vehicle flew to the ISS carrying cargo for its crew, making history for the private space sector in the process. SpaceX has grown leaps and bounds since then, signing contracts with NASA and other government agencies and developing more advanced technologies for space travel. It's even in the midst of designing Dragon version 2, which, unlike its unmanned predecessor, will be able to fit up to seven passengers. While Elon Musk's company is the most well-known commercial spaceflight firm today, it's hardly the only one. The private space industry is huge and it continues to grow; read on to know more about it...


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Musk’s SpaceX Denies Blog Report of Capital Raising Plan

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Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp., the first private rocket maker to deliver cargo to the International Space Station, said it isn’t raising funds from private sources, denying a report of plans to do so.

 

The TechCrunch blog said yesterday the aerospace company known as SpaceX was seeking “a large secondary investment” of about $200 million, without saying where it got the information. The fundraising push would result in lifting the Hawthorne, California-based company’s value to almost $10 billion, TechCrunch said...

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Arianespace Soyuz ready to launch European GPS satellites

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"Doresa" and "Milena" - the first two Galileo FOC (Full Operational Capability) satellites - are ready for their ride to orbit this week, as preparations for Arianespace's Soyuz Flight VS09 move into the final stages.

 

The pair of Galileo satellites and their dispenser system have now been integrated atop the three-stage Soyuz with installation of the medium-lift workhorse vehicle's "upper composite," which also includes the protective payload fairing and the Fregat upper stage...

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Space Angels Network partners with Swedish space accelerator, Space Travel Alliance

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London, United Kingdom – 19 August 2014 – Space Angels Network, a global network of seed‐ and early‐stage investors focused on aerospace‐related ventures, and Space Travel Alliance, the region’s first space accelerator, today announced the beginning of a collaborative partnership. Through this partnership both organizations will work together to support early-stage space ventures, connect them with investment capital, and accelerate the growth of the global commercial space industry...

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Does your hero wear Jockey briefs? Buzz Aldrin does!

It's one thing to put sports stars in underwear ads. It's something else to put famous American heroes in them. Jockey, in an outrageous new ad campaign, is ...

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China's first private rocket firm aims for market

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Guangzhou, China (XNA) Aug 19, 2014
Hu Zhenyu, 21, founder of Link Space, China's first private rocket firm, does not want people to call him a "rocket scientist" but a rocket entrepreneur.
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NOAA analysis reveals significant land cover changes in US coastal regions

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Washington DC (SPX) Aug 19, 2014 A new NOAA nationwide analysis shows that between 1996 and 2011, 64,975 square miles in coastal regions--an area larger than the state of Wisconsin--experienced changes in land cover, including a decline in wetlands...

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CCtCAP Commercial Crew Announcement Expected Soon

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NASA declined today (August 18) to confirm rumors that it will announce the winner(s) of the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCAP) contract by the end of the month, but anticipation is mounting.  Whenever it happens, it will be a major step forward for the commercial crew program and achieving the oft-stated goal of restoring America’s ability to launch American astronauts into space on American rockets from American soil.

A NASA spokesman replied to an email query this morning by saying only that NASA still expects to make an announcement in the late-August, early-September time frame, as it has been saying for months.

 


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NASA and Commercial Partners Review Summer of Advancements

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Washington DC (SPX) Aug 22, 2014 NASA's spaceflight experts in the Commercial Crew Program (CCP) met throughout July with aerospace partners to review increasingly advanced designs, elements and systems of the spacecraft and launch vehicles under...
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USAF Issues RFI for New Rocket Engine

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The US Air Force is officially looking into a replacement for the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engine.
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General Hyten takes control of AFSPC

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Peterson AFB CO (SPX) Aug 18, 2014
General John E. Hyten became the 16th commander of Air Force Space Command, in a change-of-command ceremony, replacing General William L. Shelton...

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Canadian Space: Canada's Space Story on its Stamps and Currency

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As a semi-official form of recognition, postage stamps also reflect the interests of the government and society in general. In this case, Canadian stamps reflect the moderate degree of interest Canadians have in their own space program...

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Is A Sitcom Astronaut Hadfield's Next Frontier?

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It’s possible that Chris Hadfield’s best-selling book will become a sitcom! The astronaut who quickly became the world’s most-wanted Canadian last year, based on his amusing YouTube videos and stunning space pictures, is involved in production of a sitcom based on An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth, Deadline reports...

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Mars 2020 rover's RIMFAX radar will 'see' deep underground

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A Canadian scientist is helping develop 'X-ray vision' for NASA's next Mars rover to allow it see through rocks and dirt, and spot treasures including old streambeds and ice layers buried underground.
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Northrop Grumman Developing XS-1 Spaceplane For DARPA

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Redondo Beach CA (SPX) Aug 20, 2014 Northrop Grumman with Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic is developing a preliminary design and flight demonstration plan for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Experimental Spaceplane...
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Report claims SpaceX raising more outside funding « NewSpace Journal

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Commercial space transportation company SpaceX is raising another round of outside funding that could value the company at nearly $10 billion, according to a technology trade publication. TechCrunch reported Tuesday morning that the company is raising outside investment that would value the entire company at “somewhere south of $10 billion,” according to the report...

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Communications & Power Industries receives $3.2Mln gov't contract to develop Ka-band extended interaction klystron

Communications & Power Industries receives $3.2Mln gov't contract to develop Ka-band extended interaction klystron | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

GEORGETOWN, Ontario, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Communications & Power Industries Canada Inc. (CPI Canada) has been awarded a $3.3 million contract from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to fund the design modifications and development of a Ka-band Extended Interaction Klystron (EIK) for the Surface Water & Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission...

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Law firm Dentons starts space business practice

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New York—Dentons announced today the expansion of its global Aviation Finance practice and the creation of a Space Business sector team, enhancing its client service capabilities in the Aviation and Aerospace sector. Elizabeth (Liz) H. Evans, who joins the New York office as a partner, will serve as global co-chair of the Firm’s Aviation Finance practice and lead the practice in the US. Also joining in the Aviation Finance practice is Deepak Reddy, who will be a partner in the New York office...

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Russia's First Exoskeleton to Help Physically Impaired

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Moscow (RIA Novosti) Aug 19, 2014
A team of Russian exoskeleton designers said Monday they were looking for disabled patients who would agree to volunteer for human tests in the country's unique ExoAtlet Project, according to Izvestia newspaper.

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Eco-friendly 'pre-fab nanoparticles' could revolutionize nano manufacturing

Eco-friendly 'pre-fab nanoparticles' could revolutionize nano manufacturing | More Commercial Space News | Scoop.it

Amherst MA (SPX) Aug 18, 2014 A team of materials chemists, polymer scientists, device physicists and others at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have reported a breakthrough technique for controlling molecular assembly of nanoparticles over...

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Canadian Space Agency Gears up to Fund More Rovers

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After spending the month of August funding various Earth imaging applications, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is gearing up to fund a $600K, a $300K and a $3.2Mln CDN rover project.

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