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Satellite on the fritz? Aerospace companies are building a geek squad of space robots

November 21, 2017 |

Hundreds of millions of dollars can go into the school bus-sized satellites that blast into orbit above Earth and provide services including broadband internet, broadcasting or military surveillance.

But if a part breaks or a satellite runs out of fuel, there’s no way to send help.

Commercial industry…


L.A. Times – Business

Richard Branson’s newest space venture, Virgin Orbit, just got a U.S. military contract

November 20, 2017 |

The Pentagon is hiring Richard Branson to launch satellites to orbit.

His Virgin Orbit space company announced Thursday that it had won its first military contract: a demonstration flight that would carry “technology demonstration satellites” for the Air Force on its LauncherOne rocket by early…


L.A. Times – Business

Pizza Delivery Arrives at Space Station

November 14, 2017 |

Astronauts got a mouthwatering haul with Tuesday’s Earth-to-space delivery—pizza and ice cream —when a commercial supply ship arrived at the International Space Station two days after launching from Virginia. Besides NASA equipment and experiments, the Orbital ATK capsule holds chocolate and vanilla ice cream for the six station astronauts,…
Newser

US Will Have to Wait for Its Army of Space Marines

November 9, 2017 |

Well, it looks like America won’t be getting its own army of space marines—at least not this year. CNN reports Congress has dropped a proposal to create a new “Space Corps”—similar to the Marine Corps but spacier—from the final version of the $ 692 billion National Defense Authorization…
Newser

TMZ

Gabby Douglas Hasn’t Spoken with McKayla Maroney, Giving Her Space

November 6, 2017 |

Gabby Douglas wants to give McKayla Maroney some more time and space before she calls her ex-Team USA teammate about her sexual assault allegations … but applauds McKayla for speaking out.  It’s been nearly a month since Maroney went…

TMZ.com

First of three spacewalks will repair International Space Station’s robotic arm

October 6, 2017 |

There are three scheduled spacewalks that are all about International Space Station maintenance.
FOX News

U.S. astronauts are climbing back into space capsules. Here’s how they’ve improved over the past 50 years

September 17, 2017 |

Boeing Co. and SpaceX are relying on the tried-and-true design as the two companies each develop spacecraft under NASA contracts to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.
L.A. Times – Business

SpaceX launches the X-37B, the Pentagon’s secretive autonomous space drone

September 8, 2017 |

In the Pentagon’s vast arsenal there is little quite like it: a super-secret space drone that looks like a miniature version of the space shuttle, but orbits the Earth for months, even years, at a time. Doing what? The Air Force won’t say.

On Thursday morning, SpaceX successfully launched the X-37B…


L.A. Times – Business

TMZ

Taylor Swift Invades Kylie Jenner’s Billboard Space

September 5, 2017 |

Taylor Swift is horning in on the life of Kylie Jenner in a big way … by taking up a bigger billboard than hers, right across the street. A new billboard featuring Taylor’s mug promoting her new single, “Look What You Made Me Do,” has moved in…

TMZ.com

In the latest twist for space start-ups, a rocket roars off a country road in Georgia

August 5, 2017 |

The launch site was the intersection of two deserted roads in a remote, wooded section of southern Georgia. At one point, as technicians tinkered with their rocket, a wild pig sauntered across a nearby field.

The no-frills setup for Thursday’s second test flight of the Vector-R rocket by Tucson-based…


L.A. Times – Business