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Earlier this week SpaceX announced that it was going to start sending its own missions to Mars. Many people were overjoyed. Others were less than enthusiastic.


Thales Alenia Space announced today the official kickoff of its Stratobus research & development project.


Vector Space Systems, a Micro Satellite space launch enterprise comprised of new-space industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas and Sea Launch, today announced it has secured more than $1M in angel funding at Space 2.0 in Silicon Valley.


NASA has selected Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. of Redmond, Washington, to design and develop an advanced electric propulsion system that will significantly advance the nations commercial space capabilities, and enable deep space exploration missions.


The first human-rated expandable structure that may help inform the design of deep space habitats is set to be installed to the International Space Station Saturday, April 16. NASA Television coverage of the installation will begin at 5:30 a.m. EDT.


Without going into many details, United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Bigelow Aerospace yesterday announced a partnership whereby ULA will provide Bigelow with access to space and in return the two will try to make a commercial space station a viability.


The launch of a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station on April 8 set the stage for an historic rendezvous in orbit.


Tucked in the trunk of the latest commercial cargo spacecraft to head for the International Space Station is an expandable structure that has the potential to revolutionize work and life on the space station.


Decided in Luxemburg by the European Space Agency council meeting at Ministerial level, Ariane 6 is a modular three-stage launcher (solid-cryogenic-cryogenic) with two configurations using: four boosters (A64) or two boosters (A62).


Blue Origin conducted another successful test flight today. The reusable New Shepard space vehicle ascends through clear skies to an apogee of 339,138 feet. Image: Blue Origin