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Fri, Apr 18, 2014

Europe's 5th ATV Is Loaded With Cargo For Its Launch By Arianespace

Launch Of Georges Lemaître Will Be The Last Of The ATV Series

Cargo loading has commenced in French Guiana for the fifth – and final – European Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), which is being prepared for a 2014 launch from the Spaceport on Arianespace’s next Ariane 5 servicing mission to the International Space Station.

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Thu, Apr 17, 2014

NASA Signs Agreement With SpaceX For Use Of Historic Launch Pad

SpaceX Will Maintain The Facility At Its Own Expense Under The 20-Year Deal

NASA Kennedy Space Center's historic Launch Complex 39A, the site from which numerous Apollo and space shuttle missions began, is beginning a new mission as a commercial launch site.

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Thu, Apr 17, 2014

SpaceX Launch Reset For Friday

Monday Launch Attempt Scrubbed Due To Helium Leak

The International Space Station Program and SpaceX have selected Friday, April 18 for the next launch attempt for the Falcon 9 rocket to send the Dragon cargo craft on the company's third commercial resupply mission to the space station. Launch is scheduled for 1525 EDT.

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Thu, Apr 17, 2014

X-56A Testbed Arrives At NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center

Test Flights With A Flexible Wing To Be Conducted This Summer

The latest in a long series of experimental research aircraft, or X-planes, recently arrived at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center. Lockheed Martin, developer of the X-56A Multi-Utility Technology Testbed, is currently using the aircraft to explore technologies for active flutter suppression and gust load alleviation for the Air Force Research Laboratory's Multi-utility Aeroelastic Demonstration program.

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Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Airborne 04.16.14: Red Bull Race Results, BFA v FAA, B-29's New Home

Also: Aero-TV Classic-Ballooning, Dassault UCAV Formation, Black Knight Transformer, Save Jane Wicker's Aurora!

It was a day full of surprises in Rovinj, Croatia, as Hannes Arch won a very narrow victory over Paul Bonhomme. The winning margin was just eight-hundredths of a second. Japan's Yoshi Muroya made the podium for the first time in his race career after pushing Canada's Pete McLeod into fourth place. The Balloon Federation of America (BFA) Board of Directors has released an official statement regarding the NTSB's recommendation to the FAA that balloon tour ride operators be required to obtain and comply with a Letter of Authorization. The AT Black Knight Transformer completed driving tests in December 2013 and completed its first flight tests last month. The Black Knight Transformer is the world’s largest multicopter that is controlled and stabilized with propeller speed. The aircraft has a maximum takeoff weight of 4,400 lb. All this... and MORE in today's epis

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Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Dream Chaser Spacecraft May Land At Houston Space Port

Sierra Nevada Corp. Signed Letter Of Intent To Work Together With Houston Airport System

In a joint news conference at the Rice University Space Institute, Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) and the Houston Airport System (HAS) announced plans to explore potential applications and multiple economic development opportunities presented by the combination of a Houston-based space port and SNC's Dream Chaser spacecraft.

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Wed, Apr 16, 2014

NASA's Orion Spacecraft Powers through First Integrated System Testing

Spacecraft Powered On For 26 Consecutive Hours During Final Testing

NASA's Orion spacecraft has proven its mettle in a test designed to determine the spacecraft's readiness for its first flight test -- Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) -- later this year. The spacecraft ran for 26 uninterrupted hours during the final phase of a major test series completed April 8 at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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