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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

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

SpaceX Could Return To Flight By Mid-Month

But The FAA Must Approve The Company's Plans

SpaceX could return to flight by the middle of the month if the FAA approves its next launch, according to SpaceX customer Iridium Communications.

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Mon, Dec 05, 2016

Airbus Safran Launchers, Dassault Systèmes Confirm Ariane 6 Collaboration

'Winning Program' Industry Solution Experience At The Heart Of European Space Launcher Program

Dassault Systèmes has confirmed its long-standing collaboration with Airbus Safran Launchers, developer and supplier of solutions for civil and military space launchers and the industrial prime contractor of Ariane 6, the European Space Agency’s next generation launcher.

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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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Sun, Dec 04, 2016

NASA's ISS-RapidScat Earth Science Mission Ends

Operations Ended After Two Years Aboard ISS

NASA's International Space Station Rapid Scatterometer (ISS-RapidScat) Earth science instrument has ended operations following a successful two-year mission aboard the space station. The mission launched Sept. 21, 2014, and had recently passed its original decommissioning date.

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Sun, Dec 04, 2016

First Signs Of Weird Quantum Property Of Empty Space?

VLT Observations Of Neutron Star May Confirm 80-Year-Old Prediction About The Vacuum Birefringence

By studying the light emitted from an extraordinarily dense and strongly magnetized neutron star using ESO’s Very Large Telescope, astronomers may have found the first observational indications of a strange quantum effect, first predicted in the 1930s. The polarization of the observed light suggests that the empty space around the neutron star is subject to a quantum effect known as vacuum birefringence.

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