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Rocket Lab set for first launch
Posted: Sun, May 21 10:04 AM ET (1404 GMT)
Rocket Lab is scheduled to launch its first Electron small rocket this week, although weather has already postponed the first launch attempt by a day. The company's Electron rocket was scheduled to launch at the beginnning of a ten-day window late May 21 (EDT), but the company announced early May 21 that high winds prevented the rollout of the rocket to the launch pad, delaying the launch by a day. Electron is a vehicle designed to launch small satellites weighing up to 150 kilograms into low Earth orbit. This launch, dubbed "It's a Test," is the first of three test launches planned before beginning commercial missions.
NASA facing cuts in 2018 budget proposal
Posted: Sun, May 21 10:03 AM ET (1403 GMT)
More than $560 million in budget cuts will be spread across many NASA programs, from science to human spaceflight, when the White House releases its complete fiscal year 2018 budget proposal. That proposal is due to be released May 23, but a leaked version of the overall federal budget proposal showed cuts across major NASA accounts, including science, exploration, and space operations. NASA received more than $16.6 billion in the 2017 omnibus spending bill, but the proposal offers just $19.1 billion for the agency in 2018. That proposal will be the starting point for Congressional appropriations bills in the coming months.
Soyuz launches SES-15 satellite
Posted: Sun, May 21 10:02 AM ET (1402 GMT)
A Soyuz rocket placed an SES satellite into orbit. The Soyuz launched from French Guiana on schedule at 7:54 am EDT (1154 GMT) May...
Report finds costs of SLS test stands soared
Posted: Sun, May 21 10:01 AM ET (1401 GMT)
The cost of two test stands build for NASA's SLS nearly doubled as the agency sought to accelerate their construction. A recent report by...
China wins order for Indonesian satellite
Posted: Sun, May 21 10:00 AM ET (1400 GMT)
China Great Wall and Palapa Satelit Nusantara Sejahtera, an Indonesian joint venture, signed a contract May 17 in Jakarta for the Palapa-N1 spacecraft. Palapa-...