Airbus has signed up to be the first commercial customer to use Europe’s future Vega C rocket, ordering two launchers to orbit a four-satellite Earth-observation constellation.
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Airbus first to commit to commercial Vega C launch - SpaceNews.com

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Private companies are betting that they can build ‘space planes’ for commercial hypersonic travel.
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New York to London in 40 Minutes? Maybe Someday

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6 months before scheduled launch of rover on ISRO rocket, firm with Antrix contract waits and hopes
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Moon mission: Start-up has contract, not clearance

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The B612 Foundation, is now studying an alternative approach to detecting near Earth objects that uses much smaller spacecraft.
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B612 studying smallsat missions to search for near Earth objects - SpaceNews.com

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The U.K. government has committed to capturing 10 percent of the global space market by 2030 and is pouring support into emerging enterprises including spaceports, small satellite makers and application developers. However, the continuing uncertainty around Brexit concerns companies.
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Brexit uncertainty worries UK space start-ups - SpaceNews.com

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Artist’s concept of a pulsar (blue-white disk in center) pulling in matter from a nearby star (red disk at upper right). The stellar material forms a disk around the pulsar (multicolored ring) before falling on to the surface at the magnetic poles. The pulsar’s intense magnetic field is represented…
Alastair Browne on Space Development 06/20/2017

Experiment devoted to neutron star research installed on space station – Spaceflight Now

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A British startup says that it can build and launch cubesats for a fraction of the cost of traditional approaches, a concept that has won support from ESA.
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Setting the stage for the next chapter in the quest to end cosmic loneliness, astronomers released a list of objects they are 90 percent sure are planets orbiting other stars.
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Earth-Size Planets Among Final Tally of NASA’s Kepler Telescope

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I've met Bill Dana, a.k.a. Jose Jimenez the astronaut. He was on an astronaut cruise in New Orleans with three of the original Mercury astronauts. He did his act, autographed two albums for me, and I taught him how to use a personal computer on the riverboat. Jose Jimenez was Hispanic (no particular country) but in real life, he referred himself as a "Jungarian Hew." Here is a photo of...
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Bill Dana, Comic Best Known for José Jiménez Character, Dies at 92

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This proposed Lunar Orbital Station can turn out to be a way station for landing on the Moon. There would be lunar landers, ferries, to transfer personnel from ships from Earth orbit, dock with the station, transfer to lunar landers, and land on the Moon for whatever business they are involved.
This proposed Lunar Orbital Station can turn out to be a way

Roscosmos, ESA and NASA to play leading roles in lunar orbital station project

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Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon by Jeffrey Kluger Henry Holt and Company, 2017 hardcover, 320 pp., illus. ISBN 978-1-62779-832-7 US$30.00
Alastair Browne on Space Development 06/19/2017

The Space Review: Review: Apollo 8

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, recently concluded in Washington DC, was an interplanetary tour-de-force. Produced by the international not-for-profit Explore Mars, Inc., the conference gathered distinguished panels representing multiple national space agencies, industrial titans, academic experts, the moon-walking Dr. Buzz Aldr...
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The Space Review: Sunlight and shadow: putting people on Mars

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Space Solar Power is (we hope) the wave of the future!
Space Solar Power is we hope the wave of the future

The Space Review: Better than Paris: space solar power

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Each astronaut class gets a nickname bestowed on them, whether they like it or not. The famous 1978 class that included the first women and first people of color were known as TFNG, officially the Thirty-Five New Guys but with an alternative, and cruder, expansion. The most recent astronaut class, i...
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The Space Review: Selecting a new astronaut class

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