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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Space News) Oct 16, 2011

National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project Climate satellite to launch on Delta 2 rocket on Oct. 27. Government officials said preparations are being made to mount the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project, a climate and weather observation satellite known as NPP, to the Delta 2 rocket. The rocket is scheduled to launch on Oct. 27. Oct 13, 2011

International Space Station Space-station insiders rein in plans for human exploration. The challenging economic environment is forcing those involved in the International Space Station to reconsider their plans for human space exploration. For example, insiders are considering recycling ISS components. "Could we take a module, pull it off the station instead of deorbiting it into the ocean?" asked William Gerstenmaier of NASA. "Could we take some module that has some value to us in exploration architecture and move it to [Lagrangian point] L1 or move it to a lunar orbit and actually use it in another location?" Oct 12, 2011

John Carmack Prize Yes, it is rocket science: Amateur almost wins Carmack Prize. An amateur scientist came close to winning $10,000 when he sent his homemade rocket, which he dubbed the Qu8k, soaring more than 20 miles above the Nevada desert and recovered it when it fell. Derek Deville developed his rocket to take part in an ongoing challenge sponsored by video game developer John Carmack that invites budding engineers to create a rocket that can reach at least 100,000 feet and take a GPS reading while it's up there. Deville's projectile went far enough, but he failed to pull off the GPS reading, meaning the prize goes unclaimed for now. Oct 11, 2011

Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin activates power in next-gen GPS satellite prototype. Lockheed Martin says it has activated the power in the GPS III Non Flight Satellite Testbed, a prototype of the spacecraft. The company says the move gives the satellite-development team, which is led by its Space Systems unit, the confidence that it is on track to launch the satellite in 2014 as planned. Oct 11, 2011

NASA Forget about getting space shuttle off ground, experts tell Congress. A panel of space researchers advised lawmakers to stop pitching out the idea of resuming the country's space shuttle program. A U.S. shuttle flew for the last time earlier this year, a fact some have been slow to...

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