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Fri, Jul 31, 2015

As NTSB SpaceShipTwo Investigation Concludes, Branson Looks Forward

Says Feather Mechanism Has Already Been Modified To Prevent A Similar Accident In The Future

In an extensive blog post and video, Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson says that the conclusion of the NTSB's investigation of the accident involving SpaceShipTwo last October 31 is a "milestone" for the company that will allow it to focus on the future.

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Fri, Jul 31, 2015

NASA Mars Orbiter Preparing For Mars Lander's 2016 Arrival

InSight Spacecraft Will Reach Mars In 13 Months

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter successfully completed a maneuver on July 29, 2015, to put the spacecraft in the right place on Sept. 28, 2016, for supporting arrival of the InSight Mars lander mission. The engine burn began at 6:21:31 a.m. PDT (13:21:31 UTC) and lasted for 75 seconds.

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Fri, Jul 31, 2015

NASA Awards Aerospace Propulsion, Communications Research Contracts

Thirteen Companies To Provide Technologies For Glenn Research Center In Cleveland

NASA has awarded contracts to 13 companies to provide advanced propulsion and communications system technologies as part of ongoing long-term aerospace research activities at the agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

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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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