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April 2009 Top Stories


»» The Space Report 2009 Reveals Industry Growth to $257 Billion

The Space Report 2009 Reveals Industry Growth to $257 Billion [Wednesday, April 1, 2009] According to The Space Report 2009: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity overall worldwide space revenues grew nearly 2.5 percent in 2008, rising to $257 billion.



»» Space Adventures' Orbital Spaceflight Client Charles Simonyi Returns to Earth after Completing Second Mission to the International Space Station

Space Adventures' Orbital Spaceflight Client Charles Simonyi Returns to Earth after Completing Second Mission to the  International Space Station [Wednesday, April 8, 2009] Space Adventures, Ltd., the only company that provides human space missions to the world marketplace, today announced that its client Charles Simonyi and his crew successfully landed in the Kazakhstan steppes after a visit to the ISS.



»» Notice of Availability and Request for Comment on the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Streamlining the Processing of Experimental Permit Applications

Notice of Availability and Request for Comment on the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Streamlining the Processing of Experimental Permit Applications [Friday, April 10, 2009] The PEIS examines the potential environmental impacts of issuing an experimental permit for the operation of reusable suborbital rockets anywhere in the U.S. and abroad.



»» Orbital Names Michael Hamel Senior Vice President

Orbital Names Michael Hamel Senior Vice President [Monday, April 13, 2009] Orbital Sciences Corporation announced today that Lt. Gen. Michael A. Hamel (U.S. Air Force, retired) has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development.



»» Lockheed Martin Gets JCSAT-13 Communications Satellite Contract

Lockheed Martin Gets JCSAT-13 Communications Satellite Contract [Thursday, April 16, 2009] Lockheed Martin has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract by SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation of Japan to build its next geostationary communications satellite. Designated JCSAT-13, the satellite will be launched in 2013.



»» SpaceX Reaches Milestone as Draco Thurster Succesfully Completes Qualification Testing

SpaceX Reaches Milestone as Draco Thurster Succesfully Completes Qualification Testing [Thursday, April 23, 2009] Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) successfully completed a rigorous qualification of its new Draco spacecraft thruster and Draco propulsion tank at the SpaceX Test Facility in McGregor, Texas.



»» Australian Defence Force Contracts for Hosted Payload on New Intelsat Satellite

Australian Defence Force Contracts for Hosted Payload on New Intelsat Satellite [Monday, April 27, 2009] Intelsat, Ltd., the world’s leading provider of fixed satellite services, announced today that the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has agreed to purchase a specialized UHF communications payload aboard an Intelsat satellite scheduled for launch in 2012.




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