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Pentagon Watchdog Reviewing Air Force Certification for SpaceX Falcon Launch Vehicles

The Department of Defense’s inspector general plans to review the U.S. Air Force’s previous certification for SpaceX to offer its Falcon launch vehicles for military launch service contracts. DoD's watchdog announced an evaluation on Monday that will examine if the service branch complied with the Launch Services New Entrant Certification Guide while certifying the launch system. 

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Army Activates ‘Kestrel Eye’ Imagery Satellite

The U.S. Army ‘s Space and Missile Defense Command has activated a satellite built to collect and transmit imagery in real time to tactical-level soldiers on ground. Kestrel Eye served as a payload aboard a Falcon 9 rocket that lifted off Aug. 14 at NASA’s Kennedy in Florida as part of SpaceX‘s CRS-12 cargo resupply …

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NASA to Install Equipment on Orbital ATK Spacecraft as Part of TESS Explorer Mission

NASA will install cameras and science data processing computers for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-built Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite onto an Orbital ATK spacecraft in the coming weeks following the platform’s completion of a systems integration review. The space agency said Saturday that independent technical and scientific experts reviewed the TESS …

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House Appropriations Panel Proposes $22M Budget for FAA Commercial Space Transpo Office

The House Appropriations Committee’s transportation, housing and urban development bill would allocate $21.6 million in fiscal 2018 funds to the Federal Aviation Administration’s commercial space transportation office, Space News reported Tuesday. The proposed budget in the draft appropriations bill reflects a $1.7 million increase from AST’s funds under the omnibus …

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NASA’s Scatterometer Wraps Up Operations Aboard ISS

A NASA Earth science instrument has ended operations after a two-year mission to monitor ocean winds aboard the International Space Station. NASA said Monday the ISS-Rapid Scatterometer is designed to measure wind speed and direction over the ocean surface to help agencies forecast weather and monitor tropical cyclones. “The data from ISS-RapidScat …

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NASA Schedules 8th SpaceX Resupply Mission Launch for Early April

NASA has announced the launch date of the newest resupply service mission of a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station as April 8. The launch from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station will be the eighth delivery of supplies under SpaceX’s Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA, the …

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