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Orbital tightens belt, looks for new X-34 partner
Posted: Tue, Apr 17 2:51 PM ET (1851 GMT)
Orbital Sciences Corporation, facing huge losses, said Tuesday it will accelerate plans to streamline the company by shedding non-core businesses. The company reported a...

STS-100 countdown begins
Posted: Tue, Apr 17 9:39 AM ET (1339 GMT)
The countdown towards Thursday's launch of the space shuttle Endeavour began Monday evening. Countdown clocks started at the T-43 hour mark at 6...

Sun produces another powerful solar flare
Posted: Sun, Apr 15 8:24 PM ET (0024 GMT)
A powerful solar flare recorded Sunday should not pose a major threat to the Earth despite being one of the strongest ever recorded. The flare...

Final decision on Tito's flight to be made Tuesday
Posted: Sat, Apr 14 10:29 AM ET (1429 GMT)
A final decision regarding whether California businessman Dennis Tito will be a member of a Soyuz crew to fly to the International Space Station later...

X-40A completes second NASA drop test
Posted: Fri, Apr 13 1:38 PM ET (1738 GMT)
The X-40A, a prototype of an experimental reusable spacecraft, completed its second NASA-run drop test in California Thursday. The vehicle was released from...

Report: Air Force may revive X-33
Posted: Fri, Apr 13 10:58 AM ET (1458 GMT)
The Air Force is considering funding continued development of the X-33 as a prototype for a military space plane, the Washington Post reported Friday....

Happy Cosmonautics Day and STS-1 anniversary!
Posted: Thu, Apr 12 11:03 AM ET (1503 GMT)
Thursday marks a pair of major anniversaries in the history of space flight: the 40th anniversary of the first manned space flight by Yuri Gagarin,...

Planetary Society solar sail project suffers setback
Posted: Wed, Apr 11 7:00 PM ET (2300 GMT)
The first test flight of a solar sail will be delayed for an unspecified period because of a testing mishap, the Planetary Society announced Wednesday....

Russia approves Tito space flight
Posted: Wed, Apr 11 10:59 AM ET (1459 GMT)
Russian officials gave their approval Wednesday for California businessman Dennis Tito to fly to the International Space Station later this month as a member of...

Lou Dobbs leaves SPACE.com for CNN
Posted: Tue, Apr 10 2:40 PM ET (1840 GMT)
Former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs announced Tuesday he will return to the network, leaving SPACE.com, the space news and information company he founded nearly...



news in brief

Ariane 5 launches two communications satellites
Posted: Sun, Apr 8 9:30 AM ET (1330 GMT)

X Prize Foundation revives lunar prize competition
Posted: Sun, Apr 8 9:25 AM ET (1325 GMT)

news links
Friday, April 20
Army enlisting 'nano-satellites' to fight wars in space
Colorado Springs Gazette — 7:01 am ET (1101 GMT)


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