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Boeing plans December orbital test flight of Starliner
Posted: Sat, Oct 12 8:08 PM ET (0008 GMT)
Boeing CST-100 illustration Boeing plans to launch an uncrewed test of its commercial crew vehicle in mid-December. A company executive said Wednesday the Orbital Flight Test of its CST-100 Starliner is scheduled for Dec. 17 on an Atlas 5 from Cape Canaveral. The spacecraft that will fly that mission to the International Space Station is in the final stages of assembly and testing. Boeing will perform a pad abort test using another Starliner vehicle Nov. 4 from White Sands, New Mexico, using the spacecraft's abort motor to leap off a pad for a 90-second flight. SpaceX will carry out its own in-flight abort test of its Crew Dragon vehicle, likely to take place in late November or early December. Neither company has set a date for a crewed test flight of their spacecraft.

Proton launches two commercial satellites
Posted: Sat, Oct 12 8:08 PM ET (0008 GMT)
Proton launch of Eutelsat 5 West B and MEV-1 (Roscosmos) A Proton rocket lifted off Wednesday carrying two commercial satellites. The Proton launched on schedule at 6:18 am EDT (1018 GMT) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The rocket's Breeze M upper stage deployed the two spacecraft it is carrying, Eutelsat 5 West B and Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV) 1, nearly 16 hours after liftoff, placing them into supersynchronous transfer orbits. Eutelsat 5 West B is a communications satellite built by Northrop Grumman for Eutelsat, while MEV-1 is a satellite life extension spacecraft for Northrop's subsidiary SpaceLogistics.

Boeing to invest in Virgin Galactic
Posted: Sat, Oct 12 8:06 PM ET (0006 GMT)
Boeing announced Tuesday it will make a small but strategic investment in Virgin Galactic. Boeing HorizonX Ventures will invest $20 million in Virgin Galactic once...

Soyuz returns crew from ISS
Posted: Sun, Oct 6 11:06 AM ET (1506 GMT)
A Soyuz spacecraft carrying three people form the International Space Station landed safely in Kazakhstan Thursday. The Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft landed at 6:59...

Astronomers observe "cosmic web" connecting galaxies
Posted: Sun, Oct 6 11:04 AM ET (1504 GMT)
Astronomers have seen for the first time a "cosmic web" of material connecting distant galaxies. Observations of a "protocluster" of galaxies 12 billion light-years...

Monday, October 14
Hazzaa's home as UAE-Russia ties soar into space
Khaleej Times — 5:52 am ET (0952 GMT)
First Emirati astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri to get commemorative coin
Esquire Middle East — 5:46 am ET (0946 GMT)
How NASA sold the American public on space, going to the moon
WGN-TV Chicago — 5:41 am ET (0941 GMT)
The galaxy might be full of micro-machines
Cosmos Magazine — 5:31 am ET (0931 GMT)
Juno's near-death experience
Cosmos Magazine — 5:31 am ET (0931 GMT)

Sunday, October 13
OmegA Team Values Partnerships with Customer, Suppliers
Northrop Grumman — 7:01 am ET (1101 GMT)
From costumes to novels, NASA is trending everywhere
Hagerstown (MD) Herald-Mail — 6:53 am ET (1053 GMT)
Stratolaunch gets mystery new owner
Space News — 6:31 am ET (1031 GMT)

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