Commercial Spaceflight

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 […]

SECOND STARLINER BEGINS ASSEMBLY IN FLORIDA FACTORY

Another major hardware component for Boeing’s second Starliner spacecraft recently arrived at the company’s assembly facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The upper dome – basically one half of the Starliner pressure vessel – arrived at the Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility, closely following the arrival of the lower dome and docking […]

XCOR SPACE EXPEDITIONS RAISES TICKET PRICE

With the Lynx Mark I spacecraft closer to completion and first flight, the price will be raised to align more closely with the current market value of a commercial spaceflight. XCOR entered the market to make space more accessible to the general public than ever before. As Lynx moves toward final assembly, demand is on […]

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