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NASA’s trio of Android “PhoneSats” all operational: orbit tests under way

NASA’s trio of Android “PhoneSats” all operational: orbit tests under way

If you weren't already aware, you should know that there are up to and including three HTC Nexus One smartphones floating above your head right this minute in part of a NASA mission to prove (or disprove) the viability of low-cost space exploration "PhoneSats". Each of these low-cost satellites was aboard the first flight of Orbital Science Corporation's Antares rocket, launched after this rocket took off from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia just two days ago.

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Orbital’s Antares rocket successfully completes its first test launch

Orbital’s Antares rocket successfully completes its first test launch

Orbital Science Corps. Antares rocket completed its first successful test launch today after seeing a series of complications over the last few days. Orbital attempted to test launch the rocket last Wednesday, however, a data cable located at the upper stage of the rocket detached prematurely. It was then rescheduled over and over due to the high winds present at the launch site. Luckily today, everything was cooperating with the test launch.

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Orbital’s Antares rocket launch rescheduled due to weather conditions

Orbital’s Antares rocket launch rescheduled due to weather conditions

The Antares rocket test launch by Orbital Sciences Corp. has been delayed yet again due to poor weather conditions. The launch has been rescheduled frequently since April 17th due to several complications, including strong winds at NASA's Wallops Island launch site and a minor equipment malfunction. This time, the launch has been rescheduled for tomorrow, April 21st, at 5:00PM. NASA will provide live coverage of the event beginning at 4:30PM through both its website as well as its TV channel.

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NASA’s Wallops Island to secure spotlight with Orbital’s Antares rocket test launch

NASA’s Wallops Island to secure spotlight with Orbital’s Antares rocket test launch

Orbital Sciences Corp. will be conducting its first test launch of its Antares rocket on April 18th, and if all goes well, the company will be well on its way on delivering on its $1.9 billion contract with NASA. The contract requires Orbital to complete 8 unmanned cargo missions to the International Space Station (ISS) using its Antares rocket and its Cygnus Capsule.

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Russia reveals plans for new $50 billion space program

Russia reveals plans for new $50 billion space program

Watch out NASA, Russia is making a big effort to catch up with you in the fight for space travel supremacy. Russian president Vladimir Putin has announced the country's plan for a new space program that will cost around $50 billion over the course of seven years. The announcement comes on the anniversary of when the country (formerly the Soviet Union) put the first man in space.

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NASA to place an asteroid into orbit around the Moon

NASA to place an asteroid into orbit around the Moon

NASA will likely be funded $105 million for a new mission proposed by the Obama administration. President Obama will likely request the $105 million when he releases his federal budget request for 2014 next week. In the mission, NASA will seek out a 500-ton near-Earth asteroid (NEA) about 25-foot long, capture it, and drag it into orbit around the Moon. NASA will then send astronauts, via NASA's upcoming Orion capsule and Space Launch System rocket, to the asteroid in 2021 to study it and grab samples.

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