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The US Will Spend $6.8 Billion Hiring Boeing and SpaceX to Build New Spacecraft

September 17, 2014 The United States will go from space hitch-hiker, dependent on Russia to visit the International Space Station and other points orbital, to the proud owner of not one but two viable space craft in 2017. NASA, the American space agency, has awarded a $4.2 billion contract to Boeing and a ...

Boeing and SpaceX Tapped To Free NASA from Russian Launches

September 16, 2014 The United States will go from space hitch-hiker, dependent on Russia to visit the International Space Station and other points orbital, to the proud owner of not one but two viable space craft in 2017. NASA, the American space agency, has awarded a $4.2 billion contract to Boeing and a ...

A New Satellite Can See Through Forest Fires From Space

September 3, 2014 Where there’s fire, there’s smoke, and that makes getting a birds-eye view of a forest fire—in this case, a blaze in a California national forest—extremely difficult: Hard to see what’s going on under there, right? Now look at this: Both of these pictures come from Digital Globe’s WorldView 3 satellite, ...

The Cease-Fire in Gaza By the Numbers

August 27, 2014 Israel and the Palestine Authority have agreed to a long-term cease-fire brokered by the US and Egypt. While it remains to be seen if this cease-fire will last longer than others that quickly fell apart, diplomats seem to have more confidence in the current agreement. How did we get here? ...

What Makes a Pope Sign Off on War Today?

August 18, 2014 ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) - Pope endorses use of force in Iraq to protect minorities; says UN should approve intervention. — Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) August 18, 2014 That statement from Pope Francis, the current head of the Roman Catholic Church, offers a contrast with that of then-Pope John Paul ...

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Texas Makes a Big Bet on SpaceX

August 6, 2014 To beat out six other competitors, Texas is putting up $2.3 million in cash and invest $13 million in infrastructure developments to bring a SpaceX launch facility to Brownsville. In return, SpaceX will invest $85 million in the launch facilities and, according to Texas’ governor, Rick Perry, create 300 jobs ...

SpaceX Scores an Early Win in its Lawsuit Against the US Government

July 25, 2014 SpaceX, Elon Musk’s rocket and spacecraft company, has scored a partial victory in its bid to get a slice of government contracting. Court filings show that a federal judge will review a multi-billion-dollar contract that was awarded without competition last year to the United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of ...

The Gaza Ground War Doesn't Look Like It Will End Any Time Soon

July 18, 2014 The Israeli Defense Forces have begun sending ground troops into the Gaza strip, in an effort destroy rockets and tunnels used by Palestinian fighters to attack Israel. They’ll be staying for a while. A ground invasion has been expected after the latest escalation in violence between the two countries began ...

SpaceX Just Cleared a Key Hurdle on Its Way to Bidding for Air Force Contracts

July 15, 2014 Update, 7/15: It took four days, but the Air Force now agrees that SpaceX has completed the three flights needed to officially demonstrate it can compete for national security contracts; further technical reviews and audits will continue before full certification is granted. “I applaud SpaceX on achieving the three flights,” ...

The US Air Force Won’t Even Admit It’s Certifying SpaceX to Launch Satellites

July 15, 2014 SpaceX successfully put six communication satellites for Orbcomm, a leading space communications company, into orbit yesterday. The tenth successful launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is more evidence that the company is ready to compete with proven firms to gain lucrative government contracts, but its battle with US military buyers ...