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House passes commercial space bill
Posted: Fri, May 22 8:36 AM ET (1236 GMT)
US Capitol The House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday containing a number of commercial space policy provisions. The House approved the SPACE Act on a 284-133 vote after a two-hour floor debate Thursday morning. The act extends third-party launch indemnification and the "learning period" restricting safety regulations for people on commercial spacecraft through 2025, and includes a number of other provisions related to launch, space resource utilization, commercial remote sensing, and the Office of Space Commercialization. Some Democrats opposed the bill, citing a lack of hearings and concerns about its provisions. The House rejected an amendment that would have replaced the bill with the text of a similar bill in the Senate which offered a shorter extension of the learning period and launch indemnification.


Dragon returns to Earth
Posted: Thu, May 21 8:00 PM ET (0000 GMT)
Dragon splashdown on SpX-6 mission (SpaceX) A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft departed from the International Space Station early Thursday and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean several hours later. The Dragon spacecraft, completing the sixth Commercial Resupply Services mission under a SpaceX contract with NASA, was released by the station's robotic arm at 7:04 am EDT (1104 GMT) and departed the vicinity of the ISS. The spacecraft reentered and splashed down in the Pacific about 250 kilometers southwest of Long Beach, California, at 12:42 pm EDT (1642 GMT). The spacecraft returned about 1,400 kilograms of experiments and other equipment from the station. The next Dragon mission to the ISS is scheduled for launch June 26.


Atlas launches X-37B on fourth mission
Posted: Thu, May 21 7:50 PM ET (2350 GMT)
An Atlas 5 placed the Air Force's X-37B and a number of smallsat secondary payloads into orbit on Wednesday. The Atlas 5 501...


Proton launch fails
Posted: Sat, May 16 9:00 AM ET (1300 GMT)
A Proton rocket carrying a Mexican communications satellite malfunctioned during launch, causing the satellite and upper stage to crash in Siberia. The Proton M rocket...





Sunday, May 24
New ​SpaceShipTwo stands on its own
KRQE-TV Albuquerque, NM — 8:02 am ET (1202 GMT)
UAE Space Agency prepares Mars mission announcement
The National (UAE) — 7:59 am ET (1159 GMT)
Space program yields tools for life on Earth
Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune — 7:57 am ET (1157 GMT)
Peter Goodman: Wide gap between reality and promises at spaceport
Las Cruces (NM) Sun-News — 7:55 am ET (1155 GMT)
Mars simulation researchers on final stretch of long-haul mission
Australian Broadcasting Corporation — 7:54 am ET (1154 GMT)
Johnson City native returns to local orbit for economic summit
Johnson City (TN) Press — 7:50 am ET (1150 GMT)
Launch of U.S. Air Force’s X-37B on AFSPC 5 mission in pictures
SpaceFlight Insider — 7:45 am ET (1145 GMT)
Space Coast Pads transitioning for the new era
NasaSpaceFlight.com — 7:39 am ET (1139 GMT)

Saturday, May 23
‘Elon Musk’, by Ashlee Vance
Financial Times — 8:54 am ET (1254 GMT)
Space walk Russian recalls mission
Press Association — 8:49 am ET (1249 GMT)
UAE takes another step towards Mars
Gulf News — 8:49 am ET (1249 GMT)
Stu Witt to retire from Mojave Air and Space Port
Tehachapi (CA) News — 8:45 am ET (1245 GMT)


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