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With the landing of one of the U.S. Air Force's unmanned X-37B spaceplanes, video of the landing of the other X-37B, which launched in March 2011 and completed its 496-day classified mission in June 2012. Credit: Boeing

A look at what's in store for NASA’s Orion deep-space capsule on its maiden launch in December, called Exploration Flight Test (EFT)-1.



Commercial Licenses, Waivers Needed for Orion Test Flight

Launching the largest amateur rocket in the state of Colorado is quite an achievement, especially for an 18-year old. The 2006 launch of the Event Horizon is shown here in a just-released video that includes footage from the event as well as from rocket-mounted cameras.

Amateur rocket-enthusiast Art Hoag led a team, including Troy Hummel and Joe Cowan, that launched the suborbital rocket from Colorado's launch grounds on the Pawnee Grasslands near Wyoming. Powered by three N-class model-rocket engines, the 6.4-meter rocket reached an altitude of about 3,6500 meters.

SpaceNews Senior Staff Writer Jeff Foust (@jeff_foust) moderates a human space exploration panel discussion at the Atlantic Council's day-long conference, "The Final Frontier: Renewing America's Space Program." 

The event was held Sept. 16, 2014, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Video produced by Imperative Space.

The panelists included:

In 2014, Antarctic sea ice reached a record maximum extent while the Arctic reached a minimum extent in the top ten lowest since satellite records began. The record maximum in sea ice is happening in the Antarctic despite global warming trends. Scientists are trying to discover why this is. Credit: NASA Goddard

Rollout and lift of the United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Heavy rocket that will launch a prototype of NASA’s Orion capsule on an uncrewed, Earth-orbiting test mission in early December. Credit: NASA Kennedy Space Center

“We need to move from the government owning and operating huge satellites to a day when the government can purchase data from private satellite operators,” Rep. James Bridenstine (R-Okla.) said Sept. 16 at a Washington Space Business Roundtable lunch. “The historic government monopoly of weather satellites and associated data is now at the point of creating unnecessary costs, delays and risks that could dramatically degrade U.S. weather forecasting.”

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s began nationwide use of a new weather model Sept. 30. NOAA says the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh model will help weather forecasters will be able to pinpoint neighborhoods under threat of from severe weather and warn residents hours before a storm hits. It will also help forecasters provide more information to air traffic managers and pilots about hazards such as air turbulence and thunderstorms. Credit: U.S. National Weather Service

Using its new Maxwell graphic processing unit, technology company Nvidia simulated the conditions in which the 1969 photograph of Buzz Aldrin climbing out of the lunar lander were taken as well as the materials of the surface, the lander and the spacesuits. Credit: Nvidia

ULA and Blue Origin at the National Press Club, Sept. 17, 2014. SpaceNews Editor Warren Ferster questions ULA CEO Tory Bruno and Blue Origin CEO Jeff Bezos. Credit: Courtesy of Blue Origin


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