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  • Wednesday 07 January
    • Sierra Nevada loses appeal against NASA Commercial Crew choice
      Sierra Nevada loses appeal against NASA Commercial Crew choice
      07 Jan 2015
      The US Government Accountability Office has put an end to Sierra Nevada Corporation s dream of providing NASA with a lifting body spaceplane as part of the agency s plan to replace the Space Shuttle s astronaut-transport capability with spacecraft provided by the private sector.
  • Wednesday 31 December
  • Friday 05 December
  • Thursday 04 December
    • Europe spells out bold vision for Ariane 6, ISS
      Europe spells out bold vision for Ariane 6, ISS
      04 Dec 2014
      Europe has spelled out a clear vision of its place in space, giving a further green light to the Ariane 6 launcher and confirming its intention of joining the USA in keeping the International Space Station flying through 2024.
  • Wednesday 26 November
  • Thursday 20 November
  • Friday 14 November
    • Comet update: Philae running on last scraps of battery power
      Comet update: Philae running on last scraps of battery power
      14 Nov 2014
      Philae, the washing-machine-sized lander that the European Space Agency has successfully delivered to the surface of a comet, looks destined to complete just a fraction of its scientific agenda as it counts down the final hours before its batteries run out after an landing system malfunction left its solar panels in the shadow of one of 67P/Churyumov Gerasimenko s many irregular surface features.
    • Robospace: Star moments in robotic space exploration
      Robospace: Star moments in robotic space exploration
      14 Nov 2014
      At the end of a week that saw the European Space Agency turn heads the world over by achieving the first-ever soft landing on a comet, we look at the most dazzling achievements in five decades of robotic space exploration.
  • Thursday 13 November
    • Scientific work on hold as ESA determines comet lander's condition
      Scientific work on hold as ESA determines comet lander's condition
      13 Nov 2014
      European Space Agency scientists have determined that their robotic lander Philae is on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov Gerasimenko, but it is not anchored as it should be and it is not sitting level. Philae, the washing machine-sized lander, may have come to rest on the steep rim of a crater after rebounding twice off the surface, following an initial touchdown near the centre of its planned landing site.
    • Comet chaser peers deeper into origins of life with successful touchdown
      Comet chaser peers deeper into origins of life with successful touchdown
      13 Nov 2014
      European Space Agency scientists are attempting to determine exactly where their robotic lander Philae has come to rest on comet 67P/Churyumov Gerasimenko, but have confirmed that the first-ever soft landing on a comet was a success.
  • Wednesday 12 November
    • SpaceShipTwo survivor unaware tail feathers unlocked
      SpaceShipTwo survivor unaware tail feathers unlocked
      12 Nov 2014
      The surviving pilot of the SpaceShipTwo crash on 31 October has told investigators that he was unaware the co-pilot had unlocked a system that rotates the tail feathers of the vehicle moments before an in-flight break-up, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says.
  • Friday 07 November
    • OPINION: Virgin Galactic crash shows that big dreams mean big risk
      OPINION: Virgin Galactic crash shows that big dreams mean big risk
      07 Nov 2014
      Tragedy has struck space tourism a most cruel blow. First, the 31 October crash of SpaceShipTwo took the life of test pilot Mike Alsbury. Then, images of the in-flight break-up cast a calamitous cloud over the industry s biggest and most important player the Virgin Galactic/Scaled Composites team.
  • Thursday 06 November
    • ANALYSIS: NTSB will have no quick answers after Virgin Galactic crash
      ANALYSIS: NTSB will have no quick answers after Virgin Galactic crash
      06 Nov 2014
      Structural failure not a faulty rocket motor has quickly emerged as a key focus of the investigation into the 31 October crash of the Scaled Composites SpaceShipTwo that killed a test pilot and launched a new crisis for Virgin Galactic and the nascent suborbital space tourism industry.
  • Monday 03 November
  • Saturday 01 November
    • Branson hedges on SpaceShipTwo future
      Branson hedges on SpaceShipTwo future
      01 Nov 2014
      In his first live remarks since the Scaled Composites SpaceShipTwo crash on 31 October, Richard Branson linked the future of the Virgin Galactic space tourism venture to the results of the investigation.
  • Friday 31 October
    • Few clues on cause of fatal SpaceShipTwo crash
      Few clues on cause of fatal SpaceShipTwo crash
      31 Oct 2014
      One Scaled Composites test pilot died and another was injured severely after a powered flight of SpaceShipTwo ended in disaster near Mojave, California, for the commercial space tourism venture led by Richard Branson s Virgin Galactic on 31 October.
    • SpaceShipTwo crashes during powered test flight
      SpaceShipTwo crashes during powered test flight
      31 Oct 2014
      Virgin Galactic confirms the Scaled Composites SpaceShipTwo suborbital rocket crashed on 31 October during the first powered test flight in nearly 10 months.
    • Unforgiving void: Spaceflight tragedies remembered
      Unforgiving void: Spaceflight tragedies remembered
      31 Oct 2014
      A sobering week in spaceflight saw the first in-flight fatality in a commercial space programme, as Virgin Galactic lost a test pilot with the breakup of its SpaceShipTwo over the Nevada desert, along with a spectacular but non-fatal launch failure of an uncrewed International Space Station resupply mission. After that ISS mission failure, no less an authority than NASA human spaceflight director William Gerstenmaier took pains to remind everybody that launching rockets is a tough business and warned against complacency as NASA and its private contractors prepare to return to the business of launching American astronauts to orbit.
  • Wednesday 29 October
  • Wednesday 22 October
  • Tuesday 21 October
  • Thursday 09 October
    • 'Stay with the Station', NASA boss urges international partners
      'Stay with the Station', NASA boss urges international partners
      09 Oct 2014
      NASA administrator Charles Bolden today called on Europe and the UK to stand behind their financial commitments to the International Space Station and work with the USA to keep it flying through 2020 and even 2024 because the orbiting outpost is humankind s springboard to Mars.
    • Europe readies video eye in the sky
      Europe readies video eye in the sky
      09 Oct 2014
      Europe looks to be on the cusp of taking a dramatic step forward in its ability to oversee military operations from space, as Airbus Defence & Space readies satellite technology capable of streaming real-time video from geostationary orbit.
  • Thursday 02 October
  • Friday 26 September
  • Wednesday 24 September
  • Thursday 18 September
    • ANALYSIS: Virgin Galactic 'close to reaching space'
      ANALYSIS: Virgin Galactic 'close to reaching space'
      18 Sep 2014
      Virgin Galactic has formally backed away from its pledge to put its first fare-paying passengers into suborbital space by the close of 2014 but has made a very public declaration that suborbital operations from its purpose-built spaceport in New Mexico will begin in early 2015.
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