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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Space News) Jul 17, 2011

Moon-flag hoopla falls flat at weekend space auction Would you pay $95,000 for a piece of the flag that astronaut Neil Armstrong planted on the moon in 1969 -- even if that piece was snipped off before liftoff and never actually made it to the moon? If the answer is no, apparently you're not alone. A Beverly Hills auction on Sunday hosted by Goldberg Coins and Collectibles failed to generate the minimum bid required to offload the strip of the famous flag, despite pre-sale hype that characterized the shred as "the most important Apollo 11 piece of memorabilia ever offered" and the "ultimate" space souvenir. Jul 11, 2011

Globalstar Globalstar Announces Additional Satellite Launch Delay. Globalstar, a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services to businesses, government and consumers, today announced an additional delay of the launch of six Globalstar satellites. The launch of the second-generation satellites was originally targeted for July 11, 2011 at 8:59 a.m. Baikonur local time and was rescheduled for July 12, 2011 at 8:43 a.m. Baikonur local time, following the countdown's interruption prior to liftoff of the Soyuz launch vehicle. Launch services provider Arianespace announced that the launch was initially postponed due to a malfunction of equipment on the Soyuz launch pad and a further delay has been initiated to verify proper operation of the ground support equipment. There was no malfunction with the Globalstar satellites, Fregat upper stage or the Soyuz launch vehicle. A new launch schedule has not been established however Globalstar and Arianespace expect to release further information and a new launch schedule shortly. Jul 11, 2011

Iridium Communications U.S. FAA Authorizes Airlines' Use of Iridium for Oceanic Air Traffic Control Communications. Iridium Communications Inc. announces that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will authorize aircraft operating in oceanic airspace to use its satellite data service for critical air traffic control communications. This marks completion of the FAA process evaluating aircraft flying in airspace under its jurisdiction to use Future Air Navigation System (FANS) 1/A over Iridium (FOI) to meet communications requirements for air traffic control. The decision is an important milestone in providing corporate and commercial aircraft a cost-effective alternative for implementing FANS 1/A communications. Iridium's...

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