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SpaceX Falcon.9 Successfully Launches SES-8 Satellite

Posted: December 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: SPACE, SpaceX | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on SpaceX Falcon.9 Successfully Launches SES-8 Satellite

SpaceX Falcon.9 Successfully Launches SES-8 SatellitePrivate space exploration company SpaceX has successfully launched an unmanned rocket carrying a satellite, giving it a potentially game-changing stake in the $190 billion global satellite industry.

The 22-story rocket developed by Space Exploration Technologies – SpaceX – lifted off from its seaside launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Tuesday evening.

Two previous launch attempts last week were scuttled by technical glitches, including a last-second abort on Thursday.

Perched on top of the rocket was a 3,175-kilogram communications satellite owned by Luxembourg-based company SES SA, which operates a 54-satellite fleet, the world’s second-largest.

The satellite, known as SES-8 – worth more than $US100 million – will be positioned to provide television, broadband and other communications services to customers in India, China, Vietnam and elsewhere in Asia :: Read the full article »»»»

NASA Calls For New Private Taxis For International Space Station

Posted: February 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News, NASA, National Aeronautics Space Administration, SPACE | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on NASA Calls For New Private Taxis For International Space Station

NASA Calls For New Taxis For International Space StationNASA is looking for at least two U.S. firms to design and build space taxis to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station. NASA plans on investing upward of $300 million in each of the firms selected under new 21-month partnership agreements. The new program aims to build upon previous NASA investments in companies designing commercial passenger spaceships.

With the retirement of the U.S. space shuttles last year, Russia has a monopoly on flying crews to the station, a $100 billion orbiting laboratory for medical, materials science and other research.

NASA officials said plans to select at least two prospective providers for the third round of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program is contingent upon funding. The US government provided $406 million for the effort in 2012, less than half of what the space agency requested. Read the full article »»»»