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CRS-8 Dragon completes ISS mission, splashes down in Pacific | NASASpaceFlight.com

After 31 days of docked operations at the International Space Station (ISS), SpaceX’s CRS-8 Dragon spacecraft completed the final aspect of its mission as astronauts aboard the Station unberthed the spacecraft to send it on its way toward a fiery reentry into Earth’s atmosphere for a splashdown and recovery in the Pacific Ocean, which was successfully completed on Wednesday.

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Dream Chaser: The Return of the Spaceplane

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We’re back at Space Symposium for a conversation with SNC’s Mark Sirangelo, leader of that company’s effort to build the Dream Chaser. We’ll also hear a few moments of Bill Nye’s session at the annual gathering as he hosted Bernard Foing and Amy Mainzer.

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The future of space economics and settlement | The Space Review

Many still assume that human presence and activity in space will always have government in the lead. Dick Eagleson makes the case that this view ignores fundamental limits on government involvement in space activities and sketches out how human expansion into space must be increasingly driven by private entrepreneurship if it is to happen at all.

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Mining issues in space law | The Space Review

Legislation passed by the US Congress last year appeared to clear the way for space mining ventures. Jeff Foust reports that there are still policy issues these and other companies have to overcome both at a national and an international level.

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An overview of the American Space Renaissance Act (part 3) | The Space Review

In his final installment examining a wide-ranging space policy bill, Michael Listner examines the sections of the bill dealing with commercial space law and regulations.

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Astronaut Visits Starliner Component Makers in California | Commercial Crew Program

Veteran astronaut Megan McArthur toured two of the companies building components for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft recently and met with some of the employees who are designing and making sensors and circuit boards the spacecraft and its crews will rely on to steer precisely to the International Space Station. She was joined by Chris Ferguson, a former space shuttle commander who is now Boeing’s director of Crew and Mission Operations for Commercial Crew. Boeing is one of two companies under contract with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to develop spacecraft systems to take astronauts to the space station. The missions will enhance research by increasing the number of crew members aboard the orbiting laboratory.

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Bigelow executive to lead SSL’s Washington office | SpaceNews.com

WASHINGTON — Space Systems Loral, seeking to expand its government business, has named a longtime Bigelow Aerospace executive as its new head of Washington operations.

SSL announced May 9 that it has hired Michael Gold, formerly director of D.C. operations and business growth for Bigelow Aerospace, as its new vice president of Washington operations. Gold, the company said in a statement, will help the company build up a Washington presence as it seeks to do more business with U.S. government agencies.

“Expanding our DC-area office demonstrates our commitment to further build on the work we are doing with U.S. government agencies,” said John Celli, president of SSL, in a statement. “Michael Gold brings a wealth of experience with both civil and defense organizations and will strengthen our ability to make a contribution to government programs.”

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