Sen looks back at the spaceflight highlights of 2012 including Skylon’s SABRE engine development and Dragon becoming the first commercial spacecraft to visit the ISS.
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Pioneers are those brave enough to go where no one, or few, have gone before. Usually that involves taking a risk; if it were completely safe, the way would already be well-traveled.
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BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas space aficionados hope rockets will someday be launched into orbit from a beachside site near the U.S.-Mexico border, but a tight state budget and a previously frustrated attempt to land such a spaceport could complicate efforts.
Backers of a proposal to build a launch site at Boca Chica Beach, about 25 miles east of Brownsville, concede finding more money to lure California-based SpaceX to the state’s southernmost tip will be a challenge.
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Hurricane Sandy came and went in late 2012, as did many of the start up issues at Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS), elevating the prospects that Orbital Sciences Corp. will complete its NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Systems program milestones in the New Year and begin lucrative cargo deliveries to the International Space Station.
A successful demonstration flight of Orbital’s two stage Antares rocket from MARS including an inaugural rendezvous of its Cygnus cargo craft with the six-person orbiting science laboratory targeted for April would bring the Dulles, Va., based company’s abbreviated five-year development effort under the COTS initiative to a successful close.
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MIDLAND — An aerospace company continues to grow its presence in the Permian Basin.
On July 9th, XCOR Aerospace officially announced that it would be bringing a commercial space research and development center to an area next to the Midland International Airport.
Renovations on the XCOR Aerospace headquarters are set to begin in early 2013.
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ORBCOMM and SpaceX have reached a new $42.6 million agreement on for the launch of 18 OG2 communications satellites aboard Falcon 9 rockets over the next 18 months. The satellites were originally scheduled to be launched by smaller Falcon 1e rockets, but SpaceX opted not to develop the launch vehicle.
ORBCOMM disclosed the new agreement in a regulatory filing. The deal replaces one worked out between the two companies in August 2009. The launches are scheduled to take place between the second quarter of 2013 and the second quarter of 2014.
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Bryan Chan, a star Aerospace Engineer and a valuable member of the Moon Express team sits down to share his role at Moon Express, his passion for aerospace and his vision for the future.
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