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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Space News) Jun 12, 2011

ESA, NASA European-U.S. mission space project faces funding challenges. The European Space Agency and NASA are working toward a two-pronged mission that would send robotic probes and rovers to Mars in search of life in 2016 and 2018, but the program is facing budget issues. Doug McCuistion of NASA said the space agencies will keep development for the 2016 mission intact, but plan this year to overhaul the architecture for the 2018 mission. "Then we'll look through all the elements of that rover and say, 'Here's how we need to divide this up, what each group can provide based on things like technical expertise and budget and schedule,' " McCuistion said. Jun 10, 2011

Globalstar Globalstar Prepares Six New Second-Generation Satellites for July Launch. Globalstar, Inc., a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services to businesses, government, and recreational consumers today announced that six new Globalstar satellites are now being prepared for the second launch of the Company's second-generation satellite constellation. Engineers and technicians from launch services provider Arianespace and satellite manufacturer Thales Alenia Space have begun the necessary testing and integration process in preparation for a July liftoff using the highly reliable Soyuz launch vehicle. Later this year Globalstar plans to conduct two additional launches of six satellites per launch also using the Soyuz. In October 2010 the same launch vehicle was used to successfully launch six new Globalstar second-generation satellites. Globalstar signed a contract with Thales Alenia Space in late 2006 for the design, manufacture and delivery of its second-generation constellation satellites. In 2007 Globalstar contracted with Arianespace for a total of four launches of six satellites each using the reliable human-rated Soyuz, which is also used to launch astronauts and cosmonauts to the international space station. Globalstar plans to integrate the 24 new second-generation satellites with the eight first-generation satellites that were launched in 2007. The new satellites are designed to support Globalstar's current lineup of voice, Duplex and Simplex data products and services including the Company's lineup of SPOT retail consumer products. Jun 8, 2011

NASA Questions arise about why NASA is building a new rocket. NASA engineers are considering design options for a new rocket, which will be presented to...

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