Indian Rocket Launch Successful
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle successfully lifted off from Sriharikota, an island off the coast of India on Wednesday. Although this was the 4th successful launch of the PSLV rocket, this was India’s first successful commercial launch, as two of the satellites it placed into orbit were from Germany and South Korea.
China Continues Preparations for Manned Space Flight
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Planned to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the communist republic, China hopes make its first manned space flight before October 1st. This would make China the third country capable of independently launching humans into orbit. This announcement comes on the heels of allegations that Chinese stole rocketry science from the US.
Space Exploration Conference Begins in Houston
The 18th Annual International Space Development Conference began in Houston on Thursday to discuss the current and future state of the space exploration industry. More than 100 personalities in the space industry will speak at the conference including Buzz Aldrin, Robert Zubrin, and Babylon 5’s Bruce Boxleitner.