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China launches communications satellite for Laos
Posted: Sat, Nov 21 6:11 PM ET (2311 GMT)
Long March 3B launch of LaoSat-1 (Xinhua) A Long March rocket successfully launched a communications satellite developed for Laos. The Long March 3B lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 11:07 am EDT Friday (1607 GMT Friday, 12:07 am Beijing time Saturday) and placed the LaoSat-1 satellite into orbit. The 3,800-kilogram satellite was built by the China Academy of Space Technology for the government of Laos. The spacecraft will operate at 128.5 degrees east in GEO, providing communications services in C- and Ku-bands.

NASA orders first SpaceX commercial crew mission
Posted: Sat, Nov 21 6:10 PM ET (2310 GMT)
Dragon V2 unveiing (J. Foust) NASA announced late Friday that it is ordering the first commercial crew mission with SpaceX, following up a similar order with Boeing earlier this year. NASA made the order for the first post-certification mission after SpaceX completed a critical design review of the crew version of the Dragon spacecraft. The order is one of at least two, and up to six, missions included in SpaceX's commercial crew contract it received from NASA last year. NASA said it will decide at a later date whether Boeing, which received its first order for a mission in May, or SpaceX will fly the first mission.

ULA announces plan to regularly launch CubeSats
Posted: Sat, Nov 21 6:09 PM ET (2309 GMT)
United Launch Alliance said Thursday that CubeSats will become standard payloads on future Atlas 5 launches. ULA announced a new initiative to fly a cubesat...

ULA elects not to bid for GPS launch
Posted: Sat, Nov 21 6:08 PM ET (2308 GMT)
United Launch Alliance said Monday it has decided not to bid on a GPS launch contract sought by SpaceX. In a statement, ULA said that...

Russia launches military satellite
Posted: Sat, Nov 21 6:07 PM ET (2307 GMT)
Russia launched a missile early warning satellite Tuesday morning. The Soyuz-2 rocket lifted off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia at 1:34...

Thursday, November 26
Jeff Bezos's Space Launch Breakthrough
Aviation Week — 4:13 am ET (0913 GMT)
Jeff Bezos, Rocket Man
Bloomberg News — 4:10 am ET (0910 GMT)
Space, the final frontier for business
Houston Chronicle — 4:10 am ET (0910 GMT)
The Space Tourism Timeline
Inverse — 3:58 am ET (0858 GMT)
Newquay spaceport decision due next year, says David Cameron
Cornish (UK) Guardian — 3:53 am ET (0853 GMT)
Giant step in launching satellites
Yomiuri Shimbun — 3:51 am ET (0851 GMT)
NASA Administrator to speak at UAH graduation
Huntsville Times — 3:44 am ET (0844 GMT)
What’s for Thanksgiving 2015 on the Space Station?
SpaceFlight Insider — 3:40 am ET (0840 GMT)
NASA signs new Space Launch System (SLS) engine contract
SpaceFlight Insider — 3:39 am ET (0839 GMT)
More mysterious extragalactic signals detected
Science News — 3:35 am ET (0835 GMT)
Mirror installation marks final assembly phase for JWST — 3:30 am ET (0830 GMT)

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