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Thu, Jul 30, 2015

CSF Welcomes The NTSB’s SpaceShipTwo Accident Report

Remains Dedicated To Upholding Ever-Increasing Safety Standards

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation said in a statement that it will be quick to carry out the recommendations crafted by the NTSB as a result of the in-flight breakup of SpaceShipTwo last October.

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Thu, Jul 30, 2015

Scientists Advocate For Planetary Funding In Wake Of Pluto Flyby

NASA Associate Administrator Says Increases Needed To Keep Future Missions On Track

The Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing Tuesday to recognize recent planetary science successes and the importance of continued space exploration. The hearing featured some of the newest planetary images to be publicly released to date.

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Thu, Jul 30, 2015

NASA Awards Contract To Support Agency’s Human Spaceflight Programs

Wyle Laboratories Selected To Support Research Aboard ISS

NASA has selected Wyle Laboratories Inc., of El Segundo, California, to provide biomedical, medical and health services in support of all human spaceflight programs at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The work supports ongoing research aboard the International Space Station and helps enable the journey to Mars.

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Wed, Jul 29, 2015

NTSB: Lack Of Consideration For Human Factors Led To SpaceShipTwo Breakup

Board Determined That Scaled Composites Did Not Plan For Possibility That Feather System Might Be Unlocked Early

In its official media release, the National Transportation Safety Board went into more detail about its findings and determination of the cause of the Oct. 31, 2014 in-flight breakup of SpaceShipTwo. The board said that Scaled Composites failed to consider and protect against human error and the co-pilot’s premature unlocking of the spaceship’s feather system as a result of time pressure and vibration and loads that he had not recently experienced.

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Wed, Jul 29, 2015

Smithsonian Launches Partnership With Kickstarter

Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit Chosen for Inaugural Crowdfunding Project

Even the Smithsonian is jumping on the Crowdfunding bandwagon ... and with some pretty spectacular success.  The Institution has embarked on a multi-project partnership with Kickstarter, the funding platform for creative projects. The inaugural project supports conservation of Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit at the National Air and Space Museum. The funds also will be used to digitize and exhibit the 46-year-old suit.

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Tue, Jul 28, 2015

Pilot Error Cited By NTSB In SpaceShipTwo Accident

Board Says Pilots Were 'Not Adequately Trained' On Feather Lock System

The NTSB has released its probable cause report from the SpaceShipTwo accident last October 31 that resulted in the fatal injury of one pilot and which seriously injured the second.

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