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Russian Duma Unanimously Rubber Stamps Government Takeover of Space Industry

May 27, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin looks over plans for Vostochny.

Source: www.parabolicarc.com

Amid allegations of massive corruption at Roscosmos, Russia’s legislature votes for the government to take it over.

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Flashback: Virgin Galactic Announces Switch From Rubber to Nylon Engine at Parabolic Arc

May 27, 2015

Space Tourism … and Much More

Source: www.parabolicarc.com

The irony of switching rocket engines in mid-stream and then possibly needing to switch back. At one time Richard Branson bragged that Virgin Galactic was five years ahead of any competitors. Now it looks like the tortoise might overtake the hare and XCOR will be drinking the champagne.

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2.25 million dollar NASA and America Makes Challenge for 3D printed habitats

May 27, 2015

NASA and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, known as America Makes, are holding a new $2.25 million competition to design and build a 3-D printed habitat for deep space exploration, including the agency’s journey to Mars.

Source: nextbigfuture.com

Competition seeks to inspire designers to develop 3-D printed habitats for other planetary bodies, using indigenous materials.

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New Project Aims to Establish a Human Colony on Mars

May 27, 2015

Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 26, 2015
MarsPolar, a newly started international venture is setting its sights on the Red Planet. The project consisting of specialists from Russia, United Arab Emirates, Poland, U.S.

Source: www.marsdaily.com

Another  private effort to colonize Mars surfaces. This one headquartered in Dubai.

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Software Glitch Pauses LightSail Test Mission – The Planetary Society (blog)

May 27, 2015

The Planetary Society’s LightSail test mission has been paused while engineers wait out a suspected software glitch that has silenced the solar sailing spacecraft.

Source: www.planetary.org

Software bug endangers the Planetary Society’s LightSail mission.

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Europa Mission Begins with Selection of Science Instruments

May 27, 2015

Pasadena CA (JPL) May 27, 2015
NASA has selected nine science instruments for a mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa, to investigate whether the mysterious icy moon could harbor conditions suitable for life.

Source: www.spacedaily.com

Instruments for upcoming Europa mission will probe its icy surface to try to determine what lies beneath.

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ISS module relocation makes way for Commercial Crew spacecraft

May 27, 2015

Houston TX (SPX) May 27, 2015 The International Space Station Program will take the next step in expanding a robust commercial market in low-Earth orbit when work continues Wednesday, May 27, to prepare the orbiting laboratory for the future…

Source: www.spacedaily.com

Reconfiguration operations continue on the space station to ready it for the arrival of commercial crew spacecraft in 2107.

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