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India's Mars mission a step closer to success with engine test

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NEW DELHI - Indian scientists successfully tested the main engine of a spacecraft bound for Mars on Monday and performed a course correction that puts the low-cost project on track to enter the red planet's orbit.

SpaceX breaks ground on Texas orbital launch facility

SAN ANTONIO - Privately owned SpaceX started construction in south Texas on Monday for what the company said will be the first private commercial orbital launch facility in the world.

22 Sep 2014

Aireon to offer satellite tracking free to help search for missing planes

NEW YORK - Aireon LLC, a provider of satellite-based aircraft monitoring, said on Monday it will offer its tracking data for free to help authorities search for future missing planes.

22 Sep 2014

NASA robotic probe slips into orbit around Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla - A NASA robotic spacecraft fired its braking rockets on Sunday, ending a 10-month journey to put itself into orbit around Mars and begin a hunt for the planet’s lost water.

22 Sep 2014

No quick fix in U.S. bid to end reliance on Russian rocket engines

WASHINGTON - The U.S. drive to end its reliance on Russian rocket motors got a boost this week when Amazon.com Inc founder Jeff Bezos unveiled a new engine project, but officials and industry insiders say it will take years and hundreds of millions of dollars to develop a locally built alternative.

Russia 21 Sep 2014

NASA spacecraft approaches Mars to seek answers to lost water

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla - A NASA spacecraft designed to investigate how Mars lost its water is expected to put itself into orbit around the Red Planet on Sunday after a 10-month journey.

20 Sep 2014

U.N. aviation body to mull space safety as space taxis ready for flight

MONTREAL - The United Nation's civil aviation body, currently wrestling with how to help airlines maintain safety over conflict zones, is taking first steps toward protection for commercial vessels in space.

Aerospace & Defense, 19 Sep 2014

It's not a small world after all: world population will soar

WASHINGTON - Contrary to some earlier projections, the world's population will soar through the end of the 21st century thanks largely to sub-Saharan Africa's higher-than-expected birth rates, United Nations and other population experts said on Thursday.

18 Sep 2014

India's Mars mission enters last lap; faces crucial test on September 24

NEW DELHI - India's first mission to Mars will attempt to put a spacecraft in orbit around the red planet next week, in a crucial test of a low-cost project carrying the country's hopes to join the leaders of a global space race.

18 Sep 2014
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Ebola drug trials to be fast-tracked in West Africa

LONDON - Several experimental Ebola drugs, including compounds from Mapp Biopharmaceutical, Sarepta and Tekmira, will be tested in West Africa for the first time in a bid to fast-track trials, the Wellcome Trust charity said on Tuesday.