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Planetary Society announces test flight for LightSail spacecraft

Submit on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 22:59

The Planetary Society announced the first of its LightSail spacecraft will embark on a May 2015 test flight. Funded entirely by private citizens, the solar sail satellite will hitch a ride to space aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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Orbital, ATK stockholders approve merger

Submit on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 22:58

Orbital Sciences Corporation announced that at a special meeting, the company’s stockholders voted overwhelmingly to approve the proposed merger with the Aerospace and Defense Groups of Alliant Techsystems Inc., pursuant to the definitive transaction agreement dated 28 April 2014.

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Moon Express awarded US$1 million for commercial lunar lander demo

Submit on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 22:57

Moon Express, Inc. (MoonEx) has been awarded US$1 million by Google Lunar XPRIZE for its recent lander test flights, taking home the only Lander System milestone prize awarded for a full lander system demonstration. The tests were conducted at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, utilising a test range located at the north end of the Shuttle Landing Facility.

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Rosetta team earns Swigert Award for Space Exploration

Submit on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 22:56

The Space Foundation announced it will present the Rosetta Comet Exploration Team with the 2015 John L. “Jack” Swigert, Jr., Award for Space Exploration.

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Fit-checks for Sentinel satellites completed

Submit on Monday, January 26th, 2015 22:59

In preparation of the launches of the ESA Copernicus Sentinel-3A and Sentinel-2B satellites on Rokot in 2015 and 2016, the launch adapters for these missions were fit-checked successfully.

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ESA and Airbus to decide on the route to proceed with EDRS completion

Submit on Monday, January 26th, 2015 22:58

Following intense work during the past weeks between all partners involved with the EDRS programme, in particular the European Commission, ESA and Airbus, the business prospects of EDRS have been consolidated.

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