Commercial Space

NASA OPENS INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION TO NEW COMMERCIAL OPPORTUNITIES

NASA is opening the International Space Station for commercial business so U.S. industry innovation and ingenuity can accelerate a thriving commercial economy in low-Earth orbit. This move comes as NASA focuses full speed ahead on its goal of landing the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024, where American companies also will […]

NASA SELECTS FIRST COMMERCIAL MOON LANDING SERVICES FOR ARTEMIS

NASA has selected three commercial Moon landing service providers that will deliver science and technology payloads under Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) as part of the Artemis program. Each commercial lander will carry NASA-provided payloads that will conduct science investigations and demonstrate advanced technologies on the lunar surface, paving the way for NASA astronauts to […]

FAA EXTENDS COMMENT PERIOD ON RULEMAKING TO STREALINE COMMERCIAL SPACE ACTIVITIES

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is extending the public comment period for 45 days to July 30 for a proposed rule that would streamline federal commercial space transportation requirements for launch and reentry operators and maintain safety during launches and reentries. The proposed rule follows the National Space Council’s 2018 ‘Space Policy Directive 2’, which called on the […]

VIRGIN GALACTIC TO MOVE TO SPACEPORT AMERICA THIS SUMMER AS COMPANY READIES FOR COMMERCIAL SERVICE

Virgin Founder Sir Richard Branson announced that Virgin Galactic’s development and testing program has advanced sufficiently to move the spaceline staff and space vehicles from Mojave, California to their commercial operations headquarters at Spaceport America, New Mexico. The move, which involves more than 100 staff, will commence immediately and continue through the summer, to minimize […]

NASA CALLS FOR PROPOSALS TO STIMULATE DEMAND FOR LOW-EARTH ORBIT

NASA and its international partners opened the door for research in orbit more than 20 years ago by launching the first pieces of the International Space Station, and NASA wants to work with U.S. industry to ensure that a robust, sustainable orbital economy will endure. The space station is a one-of-a-kind orbiting laboratory. For more […]

NORTHROP GRUMMAN’S CYGNUS SPACECRAFT SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES RENDEZVOUS AND BERTHING WITH INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

Northrop Grumman Corporation today announced that the “S.S. Roger Chaffee” Cygnus spacecraft successfully completed its rendezvous and berthing maneuvers with the International Space Station earlier this morning. The mission marks the company’s 11th successful berthing with the orbiting laboratory. Cygnus launched aboard a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket on April 17, 2019 from the Mid-Atlantic Regional […]

NASA, BLUE ORIGIN AGREEMENT SIGNALS GROWTH OF COMMERCIAL SPACE

Officials from NASA and the private space company Blue Origin have signed an agreement that grants the company use of a historic test stand as the agency focuses on returning to the Moon and on to Mars, and America’s commercial space industry continues to grow. Under a Commercial Space Launch Act agreement, Blue Origin will […]

THREE VIRGIN GALACTC CREW PRESENTED WITH COMMERCIAL ASTRONAUT WINGS AT 35TH NATIONAL SPACE SYMPOSIUM

The three-person crew from Virgin Galactic’s second spaceflight have received Commercial Astronaut Wings from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Chief Pilot, Dave Mackay, Lead Pilot trainer, Mike ‘Sooch’ Masucci and Chief Astronaut Instructor, Beth Moses, were presented their wings at the 35th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The crew became the 5th, 6th […]

NASA, BOEING EXTEND CREW FLIGHT TEST, UPDATE TARGET LAUNCH DATES

NASA and Boeing have agreed to extend the duration of the company’s first crewed flight test to the International Space Station after completing an in-depth technical assessment of the CST-100 Starliner systems. NASA found the long-duration flight to be technically feasible and in the best interest of the agency’s needs to ensure continued access and […]

SNC’S DREAM CHASER PASSES ANOTHER NASA MILESTONE

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Dream Chaser spacecraft passed NASA’s Integrated Review Milestone 5 (IR5), a key status check on SNC’s performance of a variety of ground and flight operations. IR5 demonstrates that the Dream Chaser team is on track to operate the space vehicle in advance of the first mission to the International Space Station […]

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