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X Prize Foundation Cashes in 10th Anniversary of SpaceShipOne Flights

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The X Prize Foundation has found several ways to cash in on the 10th anniversary of the winning of the $10 million Ansari X Prize next week.

In addition to offering $2,500 tickets to the anniversary luncheon next Saturday in Mojave, the organization has organized an exclusive four-day, $40,000 per person tour around the event.

“Take confidence in the fact that XPRIZE Chairman, Peter Diamandis, is personally curating these four days to make it one of the most extraordinary trips of your life!” the X Prize’s exclaims!

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Sierra Nevada Lays Off Dream Chaser Employees

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Dream Chaser shuttle. (Credit: NASA)

Dream Chaser shuttle. (Credit: NASA)

In the wake of losing NASA’s Commercial Crew Program competition, Sierra Nevada laid off about 90 employees who had been working on the Dream Chaser space shuttle, the Denver Post reports.

Space Systems chief Mark Sirangelo said many of those let go had been hired in anticipation of the NASA contract.

“We did do a workforce reduction, but it was a relatively minor one compared to what it might have been,” he said.

The layoffs represent a 9.4 percent reduction in Space Systems’ Colorado workforce, he said.

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Activity Seen in Mojave Bullpen as Ansari X Prize 10th Anniversary Looms

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SpaceShipTwo on a glide flight with WhiteKnightTwo above it. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

SpaceShipTwo on a glide flight with WhiteKnightTwo above it. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

UPDATE: I apparently misunderstood about the SpaceShipTwo flight that might be made this week. It would be another glide flight, not a powered one.  That could happen on Thursday or possibly Saturday. I apologize for the error.

Nearly four weeks after SpaceShipTwo’s most recent glide flight, there have been signs of activity here in Mojave and credible reports of an even more ambitious flight test coming in a week or so.

SpaceShipTwo was sighted outside on the ramp in front of Scaled Composites’ Hangar 75 on Monday morning. Engineers were doing some type of work or testing on the ship, which Scaled is building for Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic company.

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Indian Spacecraft Enters Orbit Around Mars

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Honourable Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi, addressing from ISTRAC as ISRO Chairman Dr K Radhakrishnan looks on. (Credit: ISRO)

Honourable Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi, addressing from ISTRAC as ISRO Chairman Dr K Radhakrishnan looks on. (Credit: ISRO)

BANGALORE, India (ISRO PR) – India’s Mars Orbiter Spacecraft successfully entered into an orbit around planet Mars today morning (September 24, 2014) by firing its 440 Newton Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM) along with eight smaller liquid engines. This Liquid Engines firing operation which began at 07:17:32 Hrs IST lasted for 1388.67 seconds which changed the velocity of the spacecraft by 1099 metre/sec. With this operation, the spacecraft entered into an elliptical orbit around Mars.

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Grey Goose Becomes Official Vodka Supplier to Virgin Galactic

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Richard Branson, GREY GOOSE creator and Maître de Chai François Thibault, and George Whitesides toast to a new partnership. (Credit: Grey Goose)     Richard Branson, Grey Goose creator and Maître de Chai François Thibault, and George Whitesides toast to a new partnership. (Credit: Grey Goose)

Richard Branson, Grey Goose creator and Maître de Chai François Thibault, and George Whitesides toast to a new partnership. (Credit: Grey Goose)

HAMILTON, Bermuda, September 23, 2014 (Grey Goose/Virgin Galactic PR) — GREY GOOSE®, the world’s leading super premium vodka, announces today its official partnership with Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial passenger flight into space. Formed from a shared philosophy that extraordinary achievement comes from acting on your beliefs, the partnership was revealed this evening by Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides, Global Category Director Premium White Spirits Ben Farlow and GREY GOOSE creator and Maître de Chai François Thibault, at the Rose Space Center and Planetarium in New York.

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SpaceX Breaks Ground on Launch Facility in Texas

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Elon Musk (center) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry break ground on a new launch complex. (Credit: Texas Governor's Office)

Elon Musk (center) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry break ground on a new launch complex. (Credit: Texas Governor’s Office)

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (Texas Governor’s Office PR) – Gov. Rick Perry on Monday helped break ground on the SpaceX Commercial Launch Facility located near Boca Chica Beach, which will launch commercial satellites into orbit.

“This announcement represents a huge step forward for our state and continues our nation’s proud legacy of scientific advancement,” Gov. Perry said. “It builds upon our pioneer heritage, our tradition of thinking bigger, dreaming bolder, and daring to do the impossible. SpaceX is the latest in a long line of forward-thinking companies that have made Texas home, and I couldn’t be prouder to help break ground on this revolutionary new facility.”

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Boeing Awards Space Launch System Work to Dynetics

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Sept. 23, 2014 (Dynetics PR)
– Boeing and Dynetics announced today they are partnering on NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) program, America’s heavy-lift launch vehicle designed to expand human presence beyond low-Earth orbit and enable new missions of exploration across the solar system. Boeing recently finalized a contract with NASA to develop the SLS Core stage and has selected Dynetics to provide some key elements of the stage including three structural test simulators and the Thrust Vector Control Exhaust Gas Heat Exchanger (TVC EGHE) for this stage.

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Tickets Available for Ansari X Prize Celebration

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SpaceShipOne lands after its historic spaceflight on June 21, 2004. (Credit: Ian Kluft)

SpaceShipOne lands after its historic spaceflight on June 21, 2004. (Credit: Ian Kluft)

Good news, everyone!

If for some reason you didn’t get an invitation to the big Ansari X Prize 10th anniversary lunchaganza next week, there’s still a chance for you to go.

There’s just one hitch: it’ll cost you $2,500. And you’ll have to come to Mojave. That’s two hitches, actually. But, you only have to stay a few hours.

The X Prize Foundation has launched a crowd funding campaign for its new initiative, the Global Learning X Prize. Anyone who contributes $2,500 will receive a ticket to the invitation-only event on Oct. 4.

So far, two people have taken up the offer out of 100 tickets available. The event includes a two-hour luncheon with speeches, etc. Richard Branson, Paul Allen and Burt Rutan are expected to attend.

CASIS-Sponsored Research Arrives at Space Station

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casis_new_logoKENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL. (September 23, 2014) – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) is proud to announce its research payloads berthed with the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday, September 23. Space Exploration Technologies Corporation’s (SpaceX) Dragon capsule successfully berthed with the ISS, marking the completion of its launch to resupply the ISS with cargo and research. CASIS is tasked with managing and promoting research onboard the ISS U.S. National Laboratory.

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