Alex Heard, editorial director of Outside Magazine, went on a tour of Spaceport America in New Mexico on Monday.
Sir Richard Branson’s space tourism company is expecting to begin flights of its SpaceShipTwo vehicle from the spaceport later this year. Virgin Galactic employees are already there preparing for the start of operations.
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Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, a target of U.S. sanctions sparked by the Ukraine crisis, said Tuesday that those sanctions would boomerang against America’s space effort and essentially told NASA to take a flying leap … on a trampoline.
“After analyzing the sanctions against our space industry, I suggest to the USA to bring their astronauts to the International Space Station using a trampoline,” Rogozin said via his Russian-language Twitter account.
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Statements attributed to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin appear to be the first public linkage between tensions over Ukraine and the future of U.S. astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). U.S. officials have repeatedly insisted that the ISS would not be affected by the deterioration in U.S.-Russian relations. This appears to be the first public statement by a Russian official.
Russia’s Interfax news agency reportedly quoted Rogozin as saying that “Sanctions are always a boomerang which come back and painfully hit those who launched them.” He also reportedly said that if the aim of new sanctions imposed by the Obama Administration yesterday are intended “to deliver a blow to Russia’s rocket-building sector, then by default they would be exposing their astronauts on the ISS.” The Obama Administration announced restrictions on exports to Russia yesterday for items on the U.S. Munitions List — which includes commercial satellites — if they might aid Russia’s military. Details were not provided.
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PARIS — The merger between satellite and rocket builder Orbital Sciences Corp. and rocket motor builder ATK will create a company whose rockets and satellites depend a lot less on outside contractors than is the case today for Orbital’s products, Orbital Chief Executive David W. Thompson said April 29.
While not saying so directly, Thompson strongly hinted that ATK will be replacing the Russian-sourced first-stage engine now used on Orbital’s Antares medium-lift rocket. In addition, integrating ATK will put in-house the equivalent of 10-20 percent of the cost of a satellite, increasing Orbital’s vertical integration there, too.
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Officials announced Tuesday plans to merge ATK’s aerospace and defense division with Orbital Sciences Corp., combining the top U.S. supplier of solid rocket motors with a leading launch and satellite contractor tasked with delivering cargo to the International Space Station.
Hailed as a “merger of equals” by Orbital chief executive David Thompson, the deal would create a vertically-integrated aerospace contractor, uniting ATK’s specialties in propulsion and composite structures with Orbital’s expertise on the other end of the supply chain — integration and services.
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Orbital Sciences Corporation and ATK announced this morning that they will merge into a new company, Orbital ATK, headed by Orbital’s President and CEO David Thompson. The deal is expected to close in December 2014.
The merged company will be headquartered in Dulles, VA where Orbital currently is located and will have eight major operating locations in Arizona, California, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia. ATK will spin-off its sporting group to its shareholders, who will hold 100 percent ownership of it. ATK shareholders will own 53.8 percent of Orbital ATK and Orbital shareholders will own the other 46.2 percent. The merger will be a stock-for-stock exchange using the tax-free “Morris” structure.
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Orbital and ATK’s Aerospace and Defense Groups to Combine in $5 Billion Merger-of-Equals to Create “Orbital ATK”, a New Global Aerospace and Defense Systems Company
(Dulles, VA 29 April 2014) – Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Alliant Techsystems Inc. (NYSE: ATK), which will combine Orbital and ATK’s Aerospace and Defense (A&D) Groups to create a $4.5 billion (combined calendar year 2013 annual revenue), 13,000-person space, defense and aviation systems developer and manufacturer. The new company, to be called Orbital ATK, Inc., will serve U.S. and international customers with leading positions in the markets for space launch vehicles and propulsion systems, tactical missiles and defense electronics, satellites and space systems, armament systems and ammunition, and commercial and military aircraft structures and related components. As part of the transaction, ATK will spin off its Sporting Group, which focuses on commercial sporting equipment, to its shareholders.
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