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How a satellite snafu led to a new launch policy

When India’s PSLV rocket launched a host of satellites into orbit in January, one big piece was missing: the Federal Communications Commission’s authorization for Swarm Technologies’ super-miniaturized satellites. The FCC had nixed Swarm’s application on the grounds that the wallet-sized … Continue reading

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Blue Origin targets moon landing by 2023

Blue Origin, the space venture founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, is laying out a plan to support the creation of permanent settlements on the moon, starting with a lunar landing mission within the next five years. The Kent, Wash.-based … Continue reading

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Simulated moon dirt turns up real challenges

RENTON, Wash. — When commercial ventures start setting up shop on the moon, they may well run into nasty clouds of grit that clog up airways and gum up equipment. Those are just the sorts of unpleasant surprises that Off Planet Research wants … Continue reading

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Virgin Orbit gets ready to start test launches

RENTON, Wash. — British billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit venture is getting ready to put its LauncherOne rocket system through its first flight test in a little more than a week, the company’s vice president for business development said today. The first … Continue reading

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Why SpaceX and Boeing can sell extra seats to orbit

RENTON, Wash. — When NASA’s Phil McAlister worked out the contracts with SpaceX and Boeing to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station, he made sure they could make some money on the side. The contracts contain a clause … Continue reading

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NASA orders a 3-D printer/recycler for space

Firmamentum, a division of Tethers Unlimited Inc. in Bothell, Wash., says it has won $750,000 in NASA funding to build a combination 3-D printer and plastic recycler for the International Space Station. The device, known as the Refabricator, is due … Continue reading

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World View pivots to balloon-borne ‘Stratollites’

World View Enterprises made a splash with its plans to send tourists up to the stratosphere, but now it has a more down-to-earth focus: using balloons to send up satellite-style payloads for months-long missions. The tours are still part of … Continue reading

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