Tag Archives: Commercial Spaceflight

Virgin Galactic test pilots get astronaut wings

Two Virgin Galactic test pilots are now wearing the first commercial astronaut wings to be awarded since SpaceShipOne’s historic spaceflights in 2004. Last December’s test flight, piloted by Mark “Forger” Stucky and Rick “CJ” Sturckow in the SpaceShipTwo Unity rocket plane, … Continue reading

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SpaceX and Boeing space taxi trips delayed … again

NASA says the flight test schedule for space taxis designed by SpaceX and Boeing to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station has been stretched out further, as expected. And it wouldn’t be surprising if additional postponements occur … Continue reading

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Blue Origin sends NASA-backed payloads to space

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture sent eight NASA-sponsored scientific payloads to the edge of space and back on its New Shepard suborbital spaceship, marking another step toward putting people on board. The rocket lifted off into clear, chilly skies … Continue reading

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Medical issue forces switch for Starliner space crew

NASA says a medical issue is forcing a switch in the crew for the Boeing Starliner space taxi’s first crewed test flight to the International Space Station, currently scheduled for no earlier than August. Astronaut Eric Boe will no longer … Continue reading

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After delays, Blue Origin is ‘go’ for liftoff

Blue Origin, the space venture founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, says it’s scheduling the next uncrewed test flight of its New Shepard suborbital space ship for Jan. 23. Liftoff had been postponed several times, due to technical concerns as … Continue reading

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Blue Origin plans to launch NASA science payloads

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture says it plans to send nine NASA-sponsored payloads to space and back on the 10th uncrewed test flight of its New Shepard suborbital spaceship. Liftoff was originally set for 8:30 a.m. CT (6:30 … Continue reading

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Spaceflight gears up for satellite extravaganza

Seattle-based Spaceflight Industries is closing in on what’s shaping up as a grand convergence in commercial space. Spaceflight, which handles launch logistics for small satellites, is nearly ready for its most ambitious mission yet: the “dedicated rideshare” launch of a SpaceX Falcon … Continue reading

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