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Wed, Nov 26, 2014

NASA Opens Cube Quest Challenge For Largest-Ever Prize Of $5 Million

Winner Could Send CubeSat To The Moon On Orion Spacecraft

Registration now is open for NASA's Cube Quest Challenge, the agency’s first in-space competition that offers the agency’s largest-ever prize purse.

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Wed, Nov 26, 2014

ILS Proton Rolled Out For Launch Of Astra 2G

Launch Scheduled For November 28th From Baikonur Cosmodrome

Following the State Review Board’s approval, the Proton M/Astra 2G integrated launch vehicle (ILV) was rolled out to Launch Complex at 4:30 am (Moscow Time) Monday. The ILV is now installed on its launch pad.

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Tue, Nov 25, 2014

New Crew Arrives At Space Station

Expedition 42 Crew Made Six-Hour Journey To ISS

Three new crew members representing the United States, Russia and Italy are at the International Space Station (ISS). The Soyuz TMA-15M vehicle docked to the International Space Station at 9:48 p.m. EST, above the Pacific Ocean, approaching the coast of Ecuador.

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Tue, Nov 25, 2014

Key Orion Avionics Provided By Ball Aerospace

Company Also Supplying Antenna Hardware For The New Spacecraft

Phased array antennas and flight test cameras for the first flight of NASA's Orion spacecraft planned for next month have been provided to prime contractor Lockheed Martin by Ball Aerospace.  Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida on December 4.

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Mon, Nov 24, 2014

Airborne 11.24.14: FAA Ready To Restrict UAVs?, Sonex's 500th!, Trig TT31 AML

Also: SWAPA Files For NMB, XCOR Milestone, RV Video Tips, Levil's New APP, Ready For AirVenture?

In breaking news, ANN has learned that the upcoming regs for UAVs are likely to be highly restrictive. The rules would require commercial UAV operators to have a licence, and flights would be limited to under 400 feet during daylight hours only within sight of the person operating the aircraft. Additionally, all UAVs that weigh less than 55 pounds would be covered by the same set of rules. Sonex Aircraft, passed a major benchmark last week, as news was received from Christopher Madsen of Huntsville, Alabama that his AeroVee powered, Standard Gear Sonex flew for the first time on September 23rd. The addition of Chris's aircraft brings the company's database of completed and flown aircraft to 500 reported first flights! In order to facilitate movement in contract negotiations, the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA) has filed for mediation with the National Mediation Boa

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Mon, Nov 24, 2014

AIAC Names Recipients Of James C. Floyd Award

Presented Annually For Aerospace Excellence

Mr. Dave Caddey and Mr. Ron Holdway have been awarded the James C. Floyd Award by the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) for their exceptional contribution in the development of Canada's space industry. Mr. Caddey and Mr. Holdway were honoured by the aerospace community at a ceremony during the Annual Aerospace Dinner on November 18th in Ottawa. This marks the first time the James C. Floyd Award has been awarded to two individuals at once.

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Mon, Nov 24, 2014

Space Industry Unites For New Annual Space Commerce Conference

SpaceCom Will Explore The Business Of Space This Time Next Year

SpaceCom, the Space Commerce Conference and Exposition, unveiled a ground-breaking initiative uniting space and business industry leaders for a new event convening November 17-19, 2015 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.

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Mon, Nov 24, 2014

'Astronaut Abby' To Attend NASA's December 4 Inaugural Orion Launch

Teenager Aspires To Be Among First Manned Crew To Mars

Abigail Harrison, 17, has been invited to be behind the scenes at NASA's Kennedy Space Center to provide press coverage and commentary during the upcoming launch of Orion, atop a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex on December 4, 2014.

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