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WBMSAT News Bits 01/23/2015

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Space Daily File image: Dmitry Rogozin

New head of Russia’s Federal Space Agency Roscosmos, Dimitry Rogozin, says Russia must continue international space cooperation.
[Space Daily – 01/23/2015]

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WBMSAT News Bits 01/16/2015

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

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Taikonauts from China’s Shenzhou 9 mission aboard China’s space station Tiangong-1 Credit: China Central Television screen grab – Space News

ESA is actively working with China with the goal of placing a European astronaut on the Chinese space station.
[Space News – 01/16/2015]

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Google Fiber: Pole-climbers Wanted

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Good news: Google Fiber may get access to utility rights-of-way under Title II of the Telecom Act.

Here’s the news, via The Wall Street Journal

In a rare public comment by Google on net neutrality, the Internet giant this week said it sees a silver lining in the potential to be regulated like a telecom company.

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed treating broadband Internet providers like Google Fiber as telecommunications services under Title II, which President Barack Obama supported in November to complaints from the telecom and cable industries.

Title II would expose Google Fiber to new regulations usually targeted at communications utilities and monopolies. Rates and service quality would be regulated by the government and Google Fiber may have to ask permission to stop providing some services, according to Tom Cohen, a communications lawyer at Kelley Drye & Warren.

But in a letter Tuesday to the FCC, Google’s director of communications law Austin Schlick highlighted a potential positive for the company if Title II kicks in. As a regulated telecom service, Google Fiber would get access to utility poles and other essential infrastructure owned by utilities. The FCC should make sure this happens because it would promote competition and spur more investment and deployment of broadband internet service, Schlick argued.

Broadband competition just got a little more interesting.

WBMSAT News Bits 01/03/2015

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

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Dec. 5 launch of an Orion spacecraft on a Delta 4 Heavy rocket – Credit NASA – Space News

Late surge of launch activity, primarily by China and Russia, pushed the total number of orbital launches worldwide in 2014 to its highest level in 20 years.
[Space News – 12/31/2014]

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WBMSAT News Bits 12/26/2014

Friday, December 26th, 2014

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DSCOVR spacecraft at NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center. Photo: NASA – Via Satellite

U.S. Air Force and NOAA join forces to resurrect launch of space weather satellite Triana, renamed the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DISCOVR).
[Via Satellite – 12/22/2014]

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WBMSAT News Bits 12/19/2014

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

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Orbital Sciences signs $1billion deal with Russian design bureau Energomash for 60 RD181 rocket engines to power the Antares rocket.
[Space Daily – 12/18/2014]

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WBMSAT News Bits 12/12/2014

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

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A pair of RD-180 engines mounted to the base of an Atlas 5 rocket core. Credit: NASA Kennedy – Space News

Compromise appropriations bill includes $220 million for RD-180 replacement, despite Air Force objections.
[Space News – 12/11/2014]

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WBMSAT News Bits 12/06/2014

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

The RD-180 is the main engine on United Launch Alliance’s Atlas 5 rocket – Credit: ULA photo – Space News

House-Senate conference measure prohibits future use of a Russian-built RD180 rocket engine that today routinely launches U.S. national security satellites.
[Space News – 12/05/2014]

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WBMSAT News Bits 11/28/2014

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

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Credit: European Space Agency graphic – Space News

Despite growing concern about orbital debris, and language in U.S. national space policy directing government agencies to study debris cleanup technologies, industry worries not enough is being done to implement the policy.
[Space News – 11/24/2014]

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WBMSAT News Bits 11/21/2014

Monday, November 24th, 2014

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5th Galileo satellite orbiting earth – esa artist’s concept – esa

U.S warns EU that any preferential treatment it gives to its Galileo positioning, navigation and timing network may violate WTO agreements.
[Space News – 11/21/2014]

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