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News briefs: March 11
Posted: Tue, Mar 12, 2002, 7:28 AM ET (1228 GMT)
  • US Airways and Space Adventures announced an agreement Monday that will allow the airline's frequent flyers to exchange their miles for space tourism activities. The top award is a free suborbital spaceflight, which requires 10,000,000 miles. A zero-g aircraft flight in Russia is available for 250,000 miles plus $2,000.
  • The British space industry has grown by 17 percent in the last two years, according to a report by the British National Space Centre (BNSC) published by the AP. Revenues in the industry in 2000-2001 were $4.3 billion, while employment grew 14 percent to 17,701 in the same time period. The BNSC attributed the growth largely to growth in satellite communications services, equipment suppliers, and space insurers.
  • Preparations continue at Plesetsk for the launch Saturday of a Rokot launch vehicle carrying two science spacecraft, Itar-Tass reported Monday. The Rokot is scheduled to launch the two GRACE spacecraft, a NASA-German joint venture to study water transport in the Earth's oceans and the overall gravity field of the planet.
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