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March 24, 2017

Airborne 03.24.17: GA v Privatization, FAA UAS $$$, Mexico Fines

Also: NASA Authorization, Av-Associations, Essential Air Services, Kite String, Rotax @SnF, Car v Plane, FAA Forecast
With the need to authorize the FAA before September 30 of this year, a host of GA leaders have joined together to send letters to House and Senate transportation leaders underscoring their, “real and long-standing concerns” regarding a concept being pushed by some big airlines regarding ATC. Specifically, the organizations cited concerns over a proposal promoted by some big airlines for the creation of “a new governance and funding model for our nation's aviation system, based on systems in other parts of the world. In a memo dated March 7, 2017, the FAA asks its Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) - Task Group 3 to explore w

Photos Reveal New Equipment On SpaceX Drone Ship

Thought To Be Robot Designed To Secure Recovered Boosters

During a helicopter tour of Florida's Space Coast, self-proclaimed space fan Stephen Marr saw something interesting on the deck of SpaceX's drone recovery ship. So he started shooting photos with a telephoto lens.

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Rocket Lab Raises $75 Million in Funding

Will Be Used For Scaling Up Production Of Electron Rocket

Rocket Lab, a private American-New Zealand space company, today announced closing a Series D financing round of $75 million (USD). The round was led by Data Collective, with additional investment from Promus Ventures and an undisclosed investor, and with renewed participation from Bessemer Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures and K1W1. The closure of the round brings the total funding Rocket Lab has received to date to $148 million, with the company now valued in excess of $1 billion.

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Vector Space Systems Plans Florida Launches

Arizona-Based Startup Will Fly 'Micro-Launcher' From Cape Canaveral

An Arizona startup company building "micro-launchers" to boost small satellites into orbit will soon announce plans to launch missions from Cape Canaveral, FL ... maybe as early as this weekend.

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