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Fri, Jul 25, 2014

SpaceX Soft Lands Falcon 9 Rocket First Stage

Confirms Ability Of Booster To Touch Down At Near Zero Velocity

Following last week's successful launch of six ORBCOMM satellites, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage that carried the satellite to orbit reentered Earth’s atmosphere and soft landed in the Atlantic Ocean. SpaceX says this test confirms that the Falcon 9 booster is able to consistently reenter from space at hypersonic velocity, restart main engines twice, deploy landing legs and touch down at near zero velocity.

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Fri, Jul 25, 2014

Airborne 07.25.14: Round The World Tragedy, Blue Angels Update, GA's Next Big Thing

Also: Eve Of Oshkosh, WomenVenture, Garmin Flight Stream, AEA Pilot's Guide

The father-son duo of Babar Suleman and 17-year-old Haris Suleman of Plainfield Indiana had planned their trip around the world in 30 days in a Beechcraft model 36 Bonanza to be an adventure of a lifetime, and to raise funds to support schools in Pakistan. Having completed the largest portion of their eastbound around the world journey, they were on a flight leg from the American Samoa Islands headed for the Hawaiian Islands. However, it is reported that shortly after takeoff from Pago Pago International Airport, their aircraft went down at sea. After a reorganization at the command level of the Navy’s Blue Angels Demonstration Flight Team, the new team members for 2015 have been announced. This is the first time a woman pilot has been assigned to the team. According to aviation consultant Brian Foley, the next advancement in general aviation technology will come from the development of new eng

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Fri, Jul 25, 2014

ESA's Spaceplane Set For Flight

Will Showcase Reentry Technologies During Test Flight Planned For November

All eyes will be ESA’s spaceplane which is designed to showcase reentry technologies after its unconventional launch from Kourou in French Guiana on a Vega rocket this November. Instead of heading north into a polar orbit – as on previous flights – Vega will head eastwards and release the spaceplane into a suborbital path reaching all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

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Fri, Jul 25, 2014

Students To Launch The Future Of Colorado Aerospace On Saturday

College Interns From United Launch Alliance (ULA) And Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., K-12 Students To Launch The Largest Rocket In Colorado

More than 100 students of all ages will put their rockets and payloads on display high above the plains of Pueblo, Colorado, during the seventh annual Student Rocket Launch on Saturday, July 26.

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Thu, Jul 24, 2014

The History Of 'Live TV From The Moon'

The Inside Story On Getting Live TV From Space In 1969 And Beyond

Four and one half decades ago, July 20th, 1969 Apollo 11 landed on the lunar surface. About five hours after the landing the world watched in fascination as Neil Armstrong first stepped upon the Moon. Those of us who were lucky enough to be around on that historic day watched ghostly black and white TV images from the Moon. Later we pondered exactly how that was done.

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Thu, Jul 24, 2014

NASA Begins Engine Test Project For Space Launch System Rocket

RS-25 Engine Installed On Test Stand At Stennis Space Center

Engineers have taken a crucial step in preparing to test parts of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will send humans to new destinations in the solar system. They installed on Thursday an RS-25 engine on the A-1 Test Stand at the agency's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

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Fri, May 02, 2014

Friends of ANN--Introducing The 'Beyond The Blue' XPRIZE Premier Edition

ANN's Exciting 'Premier Edition' Program Will Help Support XPRIZE Outreach At Oshkosh and Beyond!!!

Finally! We're ready to open the doors and welcome you along as we build a whole New ANN (and a lot more) with the first of a number of products and programs that will enable and empower us toward a better future. ANN is proud to give our readers. listeners, and viewers the chance -- ahead of the massive campaign that will start shortly -- to get their hands on the Collector's Version of the first print run for the Premier Edition of "Beyond The Blue" -- the Ultimate Insider’s Guide To The Tenth Anniversary Of The XPRIZE Revolution. Why go to all the trouble of putting this special program together? Simply put, we have a chance with this summer's 10th Anniversary Celebration of the winning of the XPRIZE to do something amazing... and in a place that created the original sparks of innovation that made the XPRIZE possible... Oshkosh!

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