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Wed, Dec 07, 2016

20 Years Ago: Columbia Breaks A World Record For The Longest Time In Space

Longest Shuttle Mission Spent A Record 17 Days In Space ... Much Longer Than Originally Planned

Twenty years ago today astronauts on board the Space Shuttle Columbia woke to a familiar song. It’s traditional on NASA’s manned space missions to wake the crew with a different track every day, and this time someone down in Florida was clearly showing they had a sense of humor. “Please, come home for Christmas,” by Sawyer Brown rolled through the Shuttle, and it couldn’t have been more appropriate.

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Wed, Dec 07, 2016

Gone West: XCOR Founding Member Loretta 'Aleta' Jackson DeLong

Jeff Greason: 'There Wouldn't Have Been An XCOR Without Her'

One of the founding members of XCOR has Gone West. Loretta "Aleta" Jackson DeLong passed away Sunday due to complications from chemotherapy treatments for ovarian cancer. She was 68 years old.

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Wed, Dec 07, 2016

Arianespace’s Vega Scores Its Eighth Success In Orbiting GÖKTÜRK-1 For Turkey

Launched Tuesday Morning From French Guiana

The Vega lightweight launcher continued its track record of success today, lofting the GÖKTÜRK-1 Earth observation spacecraft from the Spaceport on a mission that adds another operator to those entrusting their initial payloads for launch by Arianespace.

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Tue, Dec 06, 2016

NASA Shortens First Crewed Mission Of Orion

Astronauts Will Only Make One Loop Around The Moon

NASA has scaled back its plans for the first crewed mission of its Orion spacecraft, Exploration Mission 2 (EM-2).

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Tue, Dec 06, 2016

ESA Renews Commitment To ISS

Part Of Overall 'Space 4.0' Strategy Adopted By The Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) has renewed its commitment to the International Space Station (ISS) through 2024, according to reports. It is the last of the international partners in the ISS to do so.

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Tue, Dec 06, 2016

Airborne 12.06.16: SpaceX Launching Soon!, 787 AD, DJI Inspire 2

Also: P-51C 'Tuskegee Airmen', Aero-Calendar, EASA Mandate, Master Instructor, 737 MAX Thrust Reverser, LaMia Airline, Flying Colours

SpaceX could return to flight by the middle of the month if the FAA approves its next launch, according to SpaceX customer Iridium Communications. The launch is scheduled on December 16 at 12:36 p.m. Pacific Standard Time from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, according to an Iridium news release. An Airworthiness Directive issued by the FAA last week requires repetitive cycling of either the airplane electrical power or the power to the three flight control modules. This AD was prompted by a report indicating that all three fly control modules might simultaneously reset if continuously powered on for 22 days on all Boeing 787-8 and 787-9 airplanes. A reset of the flight control modules, if not corrected, could result in flight control surfaces not moving in response to flight crew inputs for a short time and consequent temporary loss o

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Tue, Dec 06, 2016

First Views Of Mars Show Potential For ESA's New Orbiter

Instrument Suite Tested For The First Time

ESA’s new ExoMars orbiter has tested its suite of instruments in orbit for the first time, hinting at a great potential for future observations.

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Tue, Dec 06, 2016

Orbital ATK To Develop Critical Technology For In-Orbit Assembly

Contract Intended To Advance Company's Unique In-Orbit Space Logistics Capabilities

NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) has entered into a public-private partnership with Orbital ATK to establish a Commercial Infrastructure for Robotic Assembly and Services (CIRAS) in space. The CIRAS program will advance key technologies for in-orbit manufacturing and assembly of large space structures that will help the agency meet its goals for robotic and human exploration of the solar system.

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Mon, Dec 05, 2016

VSS Unity, The New SpaceShipTwo, Free-Flies For The First Time

Two Years After Tragedy, The Program Proves It Still Has The Right Stuff

The newest SpaceShipTwo has flown free for the first time. According to the Virgin Galactic crew, "Our new spaceship, VSS Unity, has successfully completed its first free flight! Today’s important test flight marks the first time that a vehicle built by our sister organization, The Spaceship Company, has flown fully under its own control." VSS Unity was piloted by Mark Stucky and Dave Mackay, with pilots Mike Masucci and Todd Ericsson as well as flight test engineer Dustin Mosher in WhiteKnightTwo. Over the course of the 1 hour 20 minute flight–particularly the 10 minutes of free flight for SpaceShipTwo, the pilots, mission controllers, and ground crew collected valuable data. The test flight was the fifth flight of VSS Unity (and the 218th flight of WhiteKnightTwo), following several recent Captive Carry flights.

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Mon, Dec 05, 2016

Airborne 12.05.16: AutoGyro Certified, Police Seize Drone, GoPro Job Cuts

Also: Aldrin Evacuated, Shark US, Lufthansa, NASA, ESA's New Orbiter, FLIR Systems, Esterline 

The expression, “breaking news,” seems to be highly overused nowadays, but to hear that an autogyro has just received FAA type certification is truly - breaking news. Even better, this aircraft is eligible for operation by sport pilots. The original design of the Calidus dates back to 2009. Since then it has been certified in numerous countries around the world. The company claims cruise performance to be in the range of 95 to 110 miles per hour with a takeoff distance ranging from 30-300 feet. A Sacramento man who flew his DJI Mavic drone over the Winter Wonderland festival at California Exposition last month had his aircraft confiscated by the Sacramento Police. Television station KXTV reports that Mark Munn had attended the festival with his family, and said he wanted to go back to capture an aerial view of the lights at the festival. But on November 21, the vid

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