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Thu, Oct 02, 2014

SNC Develops Design For Stratolaunch Air Launch System

Integrated System To Deliver Smaller Payloads To Low Earth Orbit

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has announced a design for an integrated system for human spaceflight that can be launched to low Earth orbit (LEO) using Stratolaunch System’s air launch architecture and a scale version of SNC’s Dream Chaser spacecraft.

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Thu, Oct 02, 2014

ATK Successfully Tests Orion Launch Abort Motor Igniter

Critical Safety Component For NASA's Next Manned Spacecraft

NASA and ATK successfully completed a static test of the launch abort motor igniter for the Orion crew capsule's Launch Abort System (LAS). Conducted at ATK's facility in Promontory, Utah, this test is the next step toward qualifying the igniter for production.

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Thu, Oct 02, 2014

U.S., India To Collaborate On Mars Exploration, Earth-Observing Mission

Agreement Signed At International Astronautical Congress In Toronto

In a meeting Tuesday in Toronto, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), signed two documents to launch a NASA-ISRO satellite mission to observe Earth and establish a pathway for future joint missions to explore Mars.

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Wed, Oct 01, 2014

SNC Introduces Dream Chaser Global Project Spaceflight Program

Will Offer Clients Worldwide Access To Low Earth Orbit

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) presented an overview of its Global Project spaceflight program Tuesday at the 65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Toronto. The Global Project offers clients a unique turn-key spaceflight capability based on SNC’s Dream Chaser crewed space vehicle.

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Wed, Oct 01, 2014

Orion Spacecraft Transfers To Launch Abort System Facility

To Be Integrated With Launch Abort System Before Stacking On Booster

NASA and Lockheed Martin have finished fueling the Orion spacecraft with ammonia, hydrazine and high pressure helium at Kennedy Space Center’s Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility. Orion has now been moved to the Launch Abort System Facility for integration with the launch abort system (LAS).

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Wed, Oct 01, 2014

Aero-TV: Sensenich Technologies – ‘Propping’ Up The UAV Industry

An 80 Year Old Prop Company Still has Much To Offer To The High-Tech UAV Biz

While at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) 2014 convention, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell stopped by the Sensenich propeller display to find out what this 80-year-old company that specializes in wood propellers was doing in the high-tech world of UAVs.

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Wed, Oct 01, 2014

Airborne 10.01.14: Sierra Nevada v NASA, A-29 Goes To Work, Be-200 Rebirth?

Also: PPC Bird's Eye View, Spitfires Return?, Cessna Sued Over 1981 Accident, Santa Monica Sues Pilot's Estate, Phase 1 Flight Testing Update

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has filed a legal challenge to the award of contracts to Boeing and SpaceX under the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability, referred to as the CCtCap program. The CCtCap program will restore U.S. transportation capability to the International Space Station. The first of twenty A-29 Super Tucano aircraft to be produced in Jacksonville, Florida arrived at Georgia's Moody Air Force Base on September 26th, in preparation for the Afghanistan pilot and maintenance training mission. USA Firefighting Air Corps (USAFAC) has announced that Russia has signed a collaboration agreement with an American company to develop a US-built Beriev Be-200 multipurpose amphibious aerial firefighting jet, and that the collaboration would be headquartered in Colorado. All this... and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!

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Tue, Sep 30, 2014

NASA Expands Commercial Space Program

Requests Proposals For 2nd Round Of Cargo Resupply Contracts For ISS

On the heels of awarding groundbreaking contracts to U.S. commercial space companies to ferry American astronauts to the International Space Station, NASA has released a request for proposals (RFP) for the next round of contracts for private-sector companies to deliver experiments and supplies to the orbiting laboratory.

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