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Fri, Dec 19, 2014

Dragon Launch Occurring No Earlier Than Jan. 6

Delay Gives Engineers Time To Troubleshoot Issues That Arose In Static Fire This Week

The launch of SpaceX’s fifth commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station now will occur no earlier than Tuesday, Jan. 6, according to NASA and the company. This will provide SpaceX engineers time to investigate further some of the issues that arose from the static fire test of the Falcon 9 rocket on Dec. 16.

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Thu, Dec 18, 2014

SpaceX Plans To Land Falcon 9 Booster On Floating Platform

Will Attempt The Recovery On Its Next Space Flight

SpaceX says that on its next flight, it will attempt to recover the Falcon 9 booster on a floating platform in the ocean called an "autonomous spaceport drone ship".

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Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Carnegie Mellon Lunar Rover Impresses XPRIZE Judges

Wins First Milestone Prize For Development Toward Flight Readiness

A four-wheeled lunar rover designed and built by Carnegie Mellon University and dubbed "Andy" is the winner of a Milestone Prize for mobility after judges concluded it is thus far the only robot among the competing teams to meet development benchmarks for flight readiness.

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Thu, Dec 18, 2014

NOAA/NASA Satellite Sees Holiday Lights Brighten Cities

Even From Space, Holiday Lights Shine Bright

With a new look at daily data from the NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite, a NASA scientist and colleagues have identified how patterns in nighttime light intensity change during major holiday seasons – Christmas and New Year's in the United States and the holy month of Ramadan in the Middle East.

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Thu, Dec 18, 2014

AIA Presents First Wright-Curtiss Legacy Award To U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss

Recognized For His Longtime Support Of The Aerospace And Defense Industry

The Aerospace Industries Association recently presented its first Wright-Curtiss Legacy Award to U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) in recognition of his longtime support of the aerospace and defense industry.

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Wed, Dec 17, 2014

Airborne 12.17.14: Evergreen Woes, Foolish Pilot Tricks, No 757 Replacement -- Yet

Also: $1M Aero-Photo, Draken Gets A-4s, Legendary Bell 47, Osprey Hours
 
Evergreen Vintage Aircraft, LLC, the company that owns many of the aircraft on view in the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum Has filed for bankruptcy. Aircraft on display at the museum include the giant Hughes H-4 Hercules airplane, commonly referred to as the “Spruce Goose,” and other classic and vintage aircraft. On a recent Magnicharters airline flight between Cancun and Mexico City, an unnamed pilot allowed 23-year-old singer Esmeralda Ugalde and her 19-year-old actress friend Samadhi Zendejas to sit in the left cockpit seat of the airplane wearing the pilot's hat. It might have gone unnoticed, but as many people do nowadays, a photo was taken and posted on Twitter by Ugalde, and the photo quickly went viral. To make matters worse, the plane was in the air,

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Wed, Dec 17, 2014

Fifth SpaceX Mission Lets The CATS Out On ISS

New Research In Multiple Disciplines To Fly To The Station

Not like cats that you might pet in your lap at night, International Space Station CATS study the atmosphere’s plight. CATS and new research including flatworms, wearable technology, an external radiation monitor and tools to use the station as a microbial observatory will head to the orbiting outpost on the fifth SpaceX mission. Additionally, SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft will deliver equipment for human research, physical science and educational activities to the station.

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Wed, Dec 17, 2014

Alaska Aerospace Selects LMC Athena IIS Rocket For Future Missions

Will Boost Small- And Medium-Lift Payloads From Kodiak Launch Complex

Alaska Aerospace Corporation (AAC) has selected Lockheed Martin's Athena rocket as its launch vehicle of choice for small and medium lift missions from the Kodiak Launch Complex (KLC). Lockheed Martin and AAC will work together to define and implement rocket and launch pad upgrades to support a wider range of government and commercial payloads on an Athena vehicle launched from KLC.

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