December 2013

NASA Astronauts To Fly as ‘Participants’ on Commercial Space Taxis, FAA Rules

December 8th, 2013|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , , , , |

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — NASA astronauts will fly as “space flight participants” aboard commercial spaceships being developed to taxi crews to and from the international space station, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Commercial Space Transportation has determined. “NASA astronauts do not meet the definition of ‘crew’ as [...]

Air Force’s mysterious space plane nears 1 year In orbit

December 7th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

The U.S. Air Force's mysterious X-37B space plane is nearing a major milestone — one year of travel in Earth orbit, performing duties in support of long-term space objectives. The unmanned X-37B spacecraft — flying a mission known as Orbital Test Vehicle 3 (OTV-3) — launched into space atop an [...]

November 2013

Commercialization, law and governance in outer space

November 17th, 2013|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The launch of the satellite Sputnik in 1957 ignited a race between the world’s two great rival powers. The United States and the former Soviet Union, USSR each poured vast amounts of resources into the research and development of technologies for the exploration of outer space. Sputnik and the impressive [...]

Defense firms see space as the next commercial frontier

November 14th, 2013|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , , , , , |

For defense contractors looking for growth markets as Pentagon spending slows, the “final frontier” is looking more and more attractive. “People really don’t understand how big a business space is. I mean, the commercial satellite market is enormous. It far dwarfs anything that’s going on in exploration,” said James Crocker, [...]