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World View to fly weather radar on stratospheric balloon http://ift.tt/2jNg3ki SEATTLE — World View Enterprises, the Arizona company developing high-altitude balloons for research and eventually tourism, plans to conduct a test flight of a weather radar on one of its balloons later this year. At a briefing during the 97th Annual Meeting of the American [...]

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Spacecom reports lull in talks with Chinese buyer http://ift.tt/2j6yCOu WASHINGTON — Israeli satellite operator Spacecom says efforts to sell itself to a Chinese company have stalled in recent weeks, but the Tel Aviv company has not given up on the merger. Beijing Xinwei Technology Group was ready to pay $285 million for Spacecom last year [...]

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Trump’s Air Force secretary pick has a record of backing the NRO and ORS http://ift.tt/2kl3rUJ WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump will nominate Heather Wilson to be the next secretary of the Air Force, his administration announced Jan. 23. Wilson served in the Air Force from 1982 to 1989, retiring as a captain, and attended the [...]

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Spacecom reports lull in talks with Chinese buyer http://ift.tt/2j6yCOu WASHINGTON — Israeli satellite operator Spacecom says efforts to sell itself to a Chinese company have stalled in recent weeks, but the Tel Aviv company has not given up on the merger. Beijing Xinwei Technology Group was ready to pay $285 million for Spacecom last year [...]

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SpaceX launch will be last to dispose of rocket’s first stage http://ift.tt/2j5xgDA The next SpaceX launch will be one of the last missions to deliberately dispose of the rocket’s first stage. The mass of the payload, the EchoStar-23 communications satellite, is large enough that all of the rocket’s performance will be needed to place the [...]

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New satellites, new administration key topics of AMS meeting http://ift.tt/2kilYRt SEATTLE — A meeting of atmospheric and space scientists this week will feature enthusiasm about a new generation of weather satellites tempered by uncertainty about the future of key programs in the Trump administration. The 97th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) here [...]

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Trump administration assigns first political appointees to NASA http://ift.tt/2khHEwY WASHINGTON — NASA Associate Administrator Robert Lightfoot formally took over as acting administrator of NASA Jan. 20 as the new Trump administration assigned two people to positions within the agency. Lightfoot, the top civil servant at NASA, told employees in an internal memo Jan. 20 that [...]

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Air Force satellite launches successfully after delay http://ift.tt/2j4AsCA WASHINGTON — An Air Force missile warning satellite launched successfully Friday, a day after it was delayed due to a series of technical and range issues. The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5, in a 401 configuration, lifted off successfully from Cape Canaveral, Fla., at 7:42 pm Eastern. [...]

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NASA planning February decision on Juno maneuver http://ift.tt/2iUhpaL WASHINGTON — As NASA’s Juno spacecraft prepares for another close approach to Jupiter, the agency expects to make a decision in February about when, or if, to perform a delayed maneuver to adjust its orbit. Juno, which entered orbit around Jupiter July 4, was to perform what [...]

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Trump reportedly interested in a Mars mission http://ift.tt/2jx1Sjj Some speculate that incoming President Donald Trump is considering supporting a revamped humans-to-Mars program. Trump reportedly talked about Mars exploration and public-private partnerships with Elon Musk during a meeting. Trump also talked with historian Douglas Brinkley about the Apollo program and how it brought the country together [...]