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SpaceX and Boeing are getting closer to first ISS manned mission

NASA announced about contracting with SpaceX manned mission into a space. Another step in the increasing commercial contribution in manned space missions has been done. NASA announced that SpaceX will be contractor for next manned mission to International Space Station. First mission was contracted in May 2015, with Boeing - another participant in Commercial Crew Transportation Capability…
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Checkmate for antisatellite weapon

Many different projects of spaceplanes are under the development. From commercial projects focused on space tourism like SpaceShipOne or large projects supported by government like British Skylon. Different approaches have one thing in common: make flights into space more accessible.  Word "accessible" has different meanings. From the point of view of Company specialized in space tourism it means…
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Cubesat for everyone – ULA statement during today’s press conference

During a press conference in Colorado, from ULA came the important declaration about supporting universities in their Cubesat satellite programs. Today in Colorado State Capitol on 0930 am MST was started open press conference organized by United Launch Alliance. Conference was started by Chris Chavez, Director of Government Affairs and Corporate Citizenship in ULA. Mr.…
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Cygnus “record” launch from Cape Canaveral buttoned up!

NASA is utilizing every cubic centimeter and every gram of available payload capacity in every planned Cygnus mission. But first time in its history, Cygnus will lift such large payload. This mission will be exceptional not because of objective and payload (revealed amongst others in this post  http://spaceflights.news/?p=10505). On 3rd December, Cygnus spacecraft named SS Deke Slayton II,…
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Space junk under control – first active debris cleaning mission on 2021

Space agencies are taking seriously problem of space debris. First active mission under ESA Cleanspace program is scheduled on 2021. Space debris was recognized as a problem at the very beginning of the Space Race. When first Soviet satellite was launched in 1957, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) started to compile Space Object Catalog - database of…
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The U.S. House of Representatives gave green light – H.R. 2262, the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act changed !

Commercial sector of space industry could breathe a sigh of relief. House of Representatives accepted amended version of H.R. 2262, the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act after short discussion, which was a reflection of last discussions from May 2015. It is well known that space exploration and space travels are still in its infancy. Especially commercial manned missions, which…
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Victory without a fight – ULA resigned from bidding in GPS III competition

United Launched Alliance announced about declining bidding in competition for launch service provider in GPS III missions. The heroes are tired - and defeats are not the factor that could change the fate. Boeing as part of ULA had already bad luck with third generation of GPS satellites. In 2008 Lockheed took over from Boeing in designing and manufacturing…
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Next launch of Blue Origin New Shepard already on 2015

Blue Origin Company responsible for project of New Shepard launch vehicle announced about next test launch before end of 2015. Blue Origin Company is one of less known in space industry. It was founded in 2000 by Jeff Bezos, creator of Amazon.com. It is interesting convergence with SpaceX which was founded by Elon Musk also…
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Own path of development – Israeli Amos-6 communication satellite scheduled on 2016

Israel in spite of short modern history of the state has significant contribution in world space industry development. First space focused organization was established in Israel on 1960. It was National Committee for Space Research, working under Tel-Aviv University. Main goal of Committee was intensification of cooperation and intellectual exchange between Israeli academic centers. First rocket was…
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