Planet Labs Raises $95 Million for Tiny Earth-Observation Satellites
Two of the 28 Dove cubesats that make up Planet Lab's "Flock 1" constellation are seen deploying into orbit from the International Space Station on Feb. 11, 2014.
January 23rd, 2015
Planet Labs has raised $95 million from investors in its latest round of financing. The company designs and builds sharp-eyed Earth-observation satellites that are just 12 inches long by 4 inches wide by 4 inches tall.
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Missile Warning Satellites to Be Early Subject of USAF Reform Initiative
An artist's illustration of a the U.S. military's  Space Based Infrared System missile defense satellite in orbit.
January 20th, 2015
SBIRS will be among the first programs subjected to an acquisition reform initiative that will help find favorable trade-offs between cost and capability.
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Moon-Mining Company to Use Historic Florida Launch Complex
Aerial view of Space Launch Complex 36 at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Moon Express will be using the historic site for spacecraft development and flight tests.
January 23rd, 2015
Moon Express, which seeks to extract and exploit lunar resources, will base its spacecraft development and flight-test operations at Space Launch Complex 36, a facility at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
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SpaceX To Build 4,000 Broadband Satellites in Seattle
Elon Musk Satellite-Building Announcement
January 20th, 2015
Elon Musk says SpaceX has filed paperwork for a global satellite Internet project to eventually include some 4,000 satellites and service within 5 years.
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Tiny Greenhouse Could Fly Plants to Mars in 2018
Mars One's Robotic Lander
January 6th, 2015
A tiny, self-contained greenhouse has been selected to fly on the robotic lander that Red Planet colonization effort Mars One intends to launch in 2018, group representatives announced today (Jan. 5).
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Walking on Mars: NASA, Microsoft Explore Red Planet with Wearable HoloLens
OnSight Holographic Planning Tool
January 23rd, 2015
NASA is planning to do science operations with the Curiosity rover using software co-developed with Microsoft for its new wearable technology, the HoloLens.
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Virgin, Qualcomm Invest in OneWeb Satellite Internet Venture
OneWeb Network of Satellites
January 20th, 2015
WorldVu Satellites has secured Qualcomm and Richard Branson’s Virgin Group as investors in the OneWeb satellite Internet constellation.
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NASA Conducts 1st Test Fire of Shuttle-Era Engine for New Rocket
RS-25 Engine Test Fire
January 12th, 2015
For the first time in more than three years, a space shuttle main engine has roared to life in support of NASA's next-generation heavy-lift rocket. The SSME, renamed the RS-25, fired Jan. 9 at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
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