“I think the business model for any of these companies that are working right now in partnership with NASA, the business model is going to depend on them having business outside of just NASA astronauts flying on these spacecraft,” Stott explained to VOA during a recent Skype interview. “That partnership allows NASA to facilitate new companies getting into the space business and will allow NASA to continue to do the work that will take us even further off the planet.” … [Read more...] about SpaceX Launch Marks New Era in Space Travel
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NASA’s aim is to have a cost-effective and safe system to send crews to space. Boeing also has a spacecraft in the testing phase for crewed missions. For cargo deliveries, both SpaceX and Northrop Grumman have sent multiple spacecraft to the ISS in recent years. … [Read more...] about NASA, SpaceX Set to Launch First Crewed Mission
Expanding the X-37B’s inclination changes “what it can collect information on, assuming that’s its mission,” Weeden told The Daily Beast. Notably, almost all of Russia lies north of the X-37B’s previous inclination range. The latest X-37B mission could send the spacecraft over significant swaths of Russian territory for the first time—a potential boon for U.S. intelligence-gathering. … [Read more...] about Elon Musk Launches Secret Robot Space Shuttle. No, Seriously.
Stott’s company manages access to “the orbital spectrum” of communication with satellites. His wife Nicole Stott is an American astronaut. He likes to point out the role satellites play in everything from agriculture to mining, global positioning, weather prediction, helping to discover new resources and protect old ones. And like many others in the business, Stott accepts the Russian role as both inevitable and ordinary. After the collapse of Communism, he says, “they became more capitalist than the United States.” … [Read more...] about U.S. Spy Satellites Riding Russian Rockets into Space
Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocratic leaders say Trump testing strategy is 'to deny the truth' about lack of supplies Trump slams Sessions: 'You had no courage & ruined many lives' Senate Democrats call on Trump administration to let Planned Parenthood centers keep PPP loans MORE (N.Y.) and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBottom line This week: Surveillance fight sets early test for House's proxy voting Women suffering steeper job losses in COVID-19 economy MORE (D-Calif.) have rejected Republican demands for liability protection, but some rank-and-file Democrats say it could be appropriate in certain circumstances. … [Read more...] about Democratic unity starts to crack in coronavirus liability reform fight