October 2013 Archives

Orbital Sciences Corporation (ORB), one of the world's leading space technology companies, today confirmed that its Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft reentered Earth's atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean east of New Zealand at approximately 2:15 p.m. (EDT).

Thirty years of continuous investment by ESA is enabling European satellite operators to deliver broadband to all EU citizens by the end of the year. Anyone can now find a local distributor online to supply Internet connectivity via satellite, even in the remotest areas.

On October 11, 2013, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing entitled, "The Impacts of the Government Shutdown on Our Economic Security" that dealt primarily with the impact on NASA, aviation and other science-related agencies.

Payload preparations for Arianespace's next Soyuz launch are progressing well at the Spaceport in French Guiana, where the Gaia billion-star surveyor is receiving its sunshield for in-orbit telescope protection as well as power generation.

By Eva-Jane Lark: In early May, the Planetary and Terrestrial Mining Science Symposium (PTMSS) and Space Resources Roundtable (SRR) were held for the first time in conjunction with the Canadian Institute of Mining's (CIM) annual conference. Space mining was introduced to mainstream mining both in the Plenary Session where Chris Lewicki of Planetary Resources was an invited panelist, and in the three day PTMSS/SRR break-out sessions.

Some of those who have purchased seats aboard Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic flights got an early taste of the weightlessness they will experience during their upcoming trips to space. Teaming up with the Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G), Virgin Galactic provided Future Astronauts the opportunity to experience zero gravity before leaving the Earth's atmosphere.