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Boeing Sending Last Shuttle Commander Chris Ferguson Back to Space


Chris Ferguson, who led the final space shuttle mission, will make his fourth spaceflight when he and NASA astronauts Eric Boe and Nicole Mann take the new Boeing [NYSE: BA] CST-100 Starliner commercial crew spacecraft to the International Space Station. The three pioneers will help restore American access to space from U.S. soil, a capability that ended when the shuttle was retired seven years ago. Mann will also make history as the first female astronaut on the inaugural crewed flight of a new U.S. spacecraft. “We’re immensely proud of Ch... Read More »

NASA Highlights Science on Next Commercial Mission to Space Station


NASA will host a media teleconference to discuss select science investigations and technology demonstrations launching on the next Orbital ATK commercial resupply flight to the International Space Station. Credits: NASA Orbital ATK is targeting Saturday, Nov. 11 for the launch of its Cygnus spacecraft on an Antares rocket from pad 0A at Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia.   Participants in Thursday’s briefing will be: Elwood Agasid, deputy program manager of the Small Spacecraft Technology Program at NASA’s... Read More »

Facebook Live with Astronauts Kicks Off Year of Education on Space Station


The broadcast, which also will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency’s website, will begin at 12:05 p.m. EDT on Monday, Oct.16.   International Space Station Program Manager Kirk Shireman will kick off the nearly continuous year of educators on the station through the event from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The event will be streamed live from the space station’s official Facebook account.   NASA is coordinating an unprecedented number of special educational outreach activities and resources t... Read More »

NASA, Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Host Discussion on Solar Hazards in Exploration


The panel discussion will take place at the National Air and Space Museum’s Moving Beyond Earth gallery at 6th Street and Independence Avenue S.W. in Washington.   The event also will mark the 10th anniversary of the launch of NASA’s two Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) spacecraft. The twin probes have advanced space weather forecasting more than any other spacecraft or solar observatory and enabled previously impossible early warnings of threatening conditions posed by the sun.   The discussion participant... Read More »

Association of the European Space Research Establishments formally founded


On March 10, the Association of the European Space Research Establishments – ESRE – was formally established as an International Non-Profit Organisation according to Belgian Law (AISBL). ESRE gathers the leading space research centers of CIRA (Italy), DLR (Germany), INTA (Spain), NLR (Netherlands) and ONERA (France). With the creation of ESRE, the leading national space research centers in Europe decided to strengthen their cooperation and to propose common R&D actions in order to advance cutting edge science and innovative technologies... Read More »

NASA Cargo Launches to Space Station Aboard Orbital ATK Resupply Mission


“NASA is delighted at the continued progress made possible by our investment in commercial space,” said NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman. “As we celebrate Orbital ATK’s success with its fourth cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, we look forward to the next milestones of our other commercial partners, including commercial crew launches from American soil in the near future. All these missions are critical to our journey to Mars – a journey we have already begun.” The mission is Orbital ATK's fourth cargo delivery f... Read More »

NASA’s Webb Space Telescope Receives First Mirror Installation


In the clean room at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland this week, the engineering team used a robot arm to lift and lower the hexagonal-shaped segment that measures just over 4.2 feet (1.3 meters) across and weighs approximately 88 pounds (40 kilograms). After being pieced together, the 18 primary mirror segments will work together as one large 21.3-foot (6.5-meter) mirror. The full installation is expected to be complete early next year. “The James Webb Space Telescope will be the premier astronomical observatory of ... Read More »

NASA Announces New Public-Private Partnerships to Advance ‘Tipping Point,’ Emerging Space Capabilities


"These awards enable us to continue to foster partnerships with the commercial space sector that not only leverage capabilities to meet NASA's strategic goals, but also focus on U.S. industry markets that are at a tipping point for commercialization and infusion,” said Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “At NASA, technology drives exploration and partnering with the private sector in this way supports the innovation economy and creates jobs.” Through the ... Read More »

Sopra signs an industrial and commercial collaboration agreement with CS Communication & Systèmes


The main objective of the agreement is to improve and reinforce overall performance, notably by developing existing industrial and commercial collaborations in aeronautics and defence, and by establishing new areas for cooperation in activities related to security, space and energy. As part of this initiative, Sopra will subscribe for an issue of convertible bonds open to CS shareholders, and an agreement will be entered into with the majority shareholder of CS Communication & Systèmes on customary terms. ... Read More »

Airbus defence and space on target for the launch of eutelsat 3B


Airbus Defence and Space, the world’s second largest space company, is making the final preparations for the launch of EUTELSAT 3B, the latest spacecraft of the Eutelsat fleet, a leading global satellite operator. EUTELSAT 3B is due to be launched by the Sea Launch Zenit-3SL launch system, directly from the Equator in the Pacific Ocean, into an optimized geostationary transfer orbit on 26 May. François Auque, Head of Space Systems, said: “The upcoming launch of EUTELSAT 3B, 30 years after EUTELSAT I-F1 went into service, is proof that space-... Read More »

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