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Boeing, SpaceX poised to build 'space taxis' for NASA
By Irene Klotz and Andrea Shalal CAPE CANAVERAL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NASA will partner with Boeing and SpaceX to build commercially owned and operated "space taxis" to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, ending U.S. dependence on Russia for rides, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson said on Tuesday. The U.S. space agency also considered a bid by privately owned Sierra Nevada Corp., but opted to award long-time aerospace contractor Boeing and California's SpaceX with contracts potentially worth billions of dollars, to develop, certify and fly their seven-passenger capsules. ... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:03:19 -0400
SpaceX must meet high standard to get rocket certified: general
NASA handout of the unmanned Falcon 9 rocket blasting off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape CanaveralBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top U.S. Air Force general on Tuesday said he favored competition for military rocket launches, but insisted the Air Force must stick to its high standards in certifying the Falcon 9 rocket, built by privately-held Space Exploration Technologies. SpaceX is working through a detailed certification process with the Air Force for its Falcon 9 satellite so it can compete with United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture of Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp, to launch a National Reconnaissance Office spy satellite. ...
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:04:02 -0400
Spaceport delays prompt some impatience in New Mexico
Spaceport America's Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space Building is seen near Truth or Consequences, New MexicoBy Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Delays in the launch of the first space flights by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic from a base in New Mexico have drawn criticism from a county commissioner in the south of the state. The inaugural flight had been expected to take place this year, carrying Branson from Spaceport America's 12,000-foot (3.6 km) runway in Sierra County to suborbital space about 65 miles (100 km) above Earth. ...
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:01:20 -0400
Miami Bat Squad tracks rare species to golf course roost
Handout shows an injured Florida bonneted bat recuperating at Zoo MiamiBy Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Shortly after dusk, three researchers squat on the lawn of a vacant, million-dollar home in a posh Miami suburb, pointing ultrasonic microphones at the darkened mansion. They're part of the Miami Bat Squad, listening to track down the home of the rare Florida bonneted bat - a critically endangered species that has turned up at a nearby golf course. Scientists know little about the brown, snout-nosed creature, which emits unusual audible noises as it flies and whose population is believed to number only a few hundred. ...
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:12:56 -0400
Rosetta team picks spot for historic comet landing
Artist rendering of Rosetta, the European Space Agency's cometary probe with NASA contributionsBy Victoria Bryan and Tim Hepher BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) - A team of scientists identified on Monday the point on the surface of a comet, known as "Site J," where they aim to land a probe in what would be a historic breakthrough for their decade-long project. The probe or lander will be dispatched from the Rosetta spacecraft, which was launched by the European Space Agency (ESA) in 2004 and has been tracking comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on its trip around the sun. ...
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:32:54 -0400
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