Delta says will take CSeries jets made in Canada, U.S. | Article [AMP] | Reuters

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Airbus in talks on further hike in single-aisle production | Article [AMP] | Reuters

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Mission to the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah – in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2013/mar/15/mars-desert-research-utah-in-pictures 720 Photojournalist Jim Urquhart documents a team of space scientists who are using the Utah desert as …





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Trump's Nasa budget: flying 'Jetson cars' and a return to the moon

Most of those goals, if realized, would come after the end of the Trump administration, which has allocated little of its budget for Nasa The Trump administration unveiled its 2019 budget for Nasa on Monday, promising an outpost on the moon, "Jetson cars" and new attempts to cut funding for the i...

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Bloodhound Diary: Getting a grip for 2018

A British team is developing a car that will be capable of reaching 1,000mph (1,610km/h). Powered by a rocket bolted to a Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine, the vehicle aims to show its potential by going progressively faster, year after year. In 2018, Bloodhound wants to run above 500mph. In 2019, ...

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The barren desert preparing astronauts for life on Mars

It looks like something out of a sci-fi film. But this is the desert where scientists and volunteers test pressure-simulating suits in the inhospitable conditions of the Oman desert to prepare for life on Mars.

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Trump cuts US cash for International Space Station

President Donald Trump wants to end US funding for the International Space Station (ISS) by 2025 with the aim of putting it into private hands. His plans for ISS and the Nasa space programme were unveiled in his 2019 budget proposal. Mr Trump wants to increase Nasa spending by 3% next year. But i...

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Bombardier reports 57% rise in profits

Bombardier, the train and plane manufacturer at the centre of a trade row between the US the UK and Canada has seen a 57% rise in profits. The US Commercial department had threatened to impose 292% tariffs on its C-Series aircraft which employs some 4,000 workers in Belfast. But the US Internatio...

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China Wants to Make a Mark in Space—But It'll Need a Little Help

In a China Global Television Network video from 2003, taikonaut Yang Liwei leans back in his orbital capsule, the overstuffed stripes of his spacesuit legs filling the frame. His helmet shield is up, so the viewer can gaze into his eyes as he speaks: "Greetings to people around the world!" His ey...

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As Electric Cars Surge, the Gas Engine Keeps Getting Better

As one place after another makes moves to ban gasoline-powered vehicles in the next few decades—Norway, the Netherlands, the UK, India, China, California, Paris—it gets harder and harder to deny that the future is electric. And the internal combustion engine that has driven global movement for mo...

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Before They Can Take Off, Flying Cars Must Defeat Bureaucracy

At 8:52 on the morning of January 31, eight buzzing rotors lifted a black bubble of an aircraft off the ground for the first time. About 20 feet from nose to tail and the same from wingtip to wingtip, Vahana spent 53 seconds aloft, under its own power and autonomous control. It reached a height of …

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Self-Driving Servicer Now Baselined for NASA's Restore-L Satellite-Servicing Demonstration



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One test changed the fortunes of an advanced 3-D imaging lidar system now baselined for NASA's Restore-L project that will demonstrate an autonomous satellite-servicing capability. Officials with NASA's Satellite Servicing Projects Division, or SSPD, have officially baselined the Kodiak system - formerly known as the Goddard Reconfigurable Solid-state Scanning Lidar, or GRSSLi - to provide
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Boeing Invests in Global Learning and Innovation Institute Singularity University



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Airbus group 2017: The A320 is the group moneymaker despite problems

Airbus group 2017: The A320 is the group moneymaker despite problems https://leehamnews.com/2018/02/15/airbus-group-2017-a320-group-moneymaker-despite-problems/

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Is India serious about the F-35? | Airbus announces A400 hit amid better than expected profits | Pentagon orders initial production for King Stallions

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European airport operators call for adoption of drone rulebook

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Drones deliver green transportation option

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NMA demand skeptics aren’t thinking outside the box, Boeing exec says

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Boeing commercial aircraft discounts (update for 2017)

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Lightning Strike Tore A Person-Sized Gash In B-52 Bomber Tail

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US Air Force outlines future of bomber force



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WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Air Force outlined plans for its bomber fleet in its Fiscal Year 2019 President’s Budget Request February 12, 2018.

In line with the service’s bomber vector, the budget request detailed the Air Force plan to update the B-52 Stratofortress fleet and continue modifications to the B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit fleets while continuing to acquire B-21 Raiders.

“As part of our decisions presented in the FY19 President’s Budget, the Air Force will update the B-52 bomber fleet and fund development of replacement engines,” said Secretary of the Air Force Heather A. Wilson. “We will also continue necessary B-1 and B-2 modifications to keep them relevant until the B-21s come on line.”

Once sufficient B-21 aircraft are operational, the B-1s and B-2s will be incrementally retired. Delivery and retirement timelines are dependent on the B-21 production and delivery schedules.

“If the force structure we have proposed is supported by the Congress, bases that have bombers now will have bombers in the future,” Wilson said. “They will be B-52s and B-21s.”

The B-21, which the Air Force plans to start fielding in the mid-2020s, will eventually become the backbone of the U.S. strategic bomber fleet and serve as a visible, flexible deterrent to adversaries and assure U.S. partners and allies.

"Modernizing and recapitalizing our bomber force is absolutely central to the recently released National Defense Strategy and the Nuclear Posture Review," said Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein. "Our bomber force allows the commander in chief to hold targets at risk anywhere on the globe with unparalleled range and our most diverse payloads."

The decision to maintain the B-52 is based on numerous factors including maintenance and sustainment metrics, such as aircraft availability, mission capability, supply, maintenance hours per flying hour and total cost perspectives.

“With an adequate sustainment and modernization focus, including new engines, the B-52 has a projected service life through 2050, remaining a key part of the bomber enterprise well into the future,” said Gen. Robin Rand, Air Force Global Strike Command commander.

The Air Force’s bombers are an integral component of the nation’s strategic deterrence and global strike capabilities. The nation requires that the bomber force remain a potent and decisive asset throughout the spectrum of conflict in the modern battlespace.

“At the end of Desert Storm in 1991 we had 290 total bombers,” said Rand. “Today that force has dropped to 157 bombers at five bomb wings and 15 total force bomb squadrons. That’s a 46 percent decrease in our bomber force while we have conducted continuous combat operations such as Allied Force, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Odyssey Dawn, Inherent Resolve and Freedom’s Sentinel, in addition to continuous bomber rotations in the (U.S. Central Command) and (U.S. Pacific Command) areas of responsibility.”

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TsAGI scientist discuss strategic aeroacoustic issues with European colleagues



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The negative health and environmental impact of aircraft noise is considered by the international scientific community as one of the key factors for consolidation of efforts in the development of aviation. Hence, representatives of the European Commission, Clean Sky program and the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) opened a discussion. A seminar on “EU policy on aircraft noise studies” was held in mid-January in Brussels (Belgium) in which a TsAGI delegation participated.

The participants reviewed the entire spectrum of research on aeroacoustics, from the creation of new technologies to the norms and standards set by the ICAO Committee on Aviation Protection (CAEP). In particular, they discussed the work carried out by the European Community together with TsAGI. A relevant example is the RUMBLE project, which is focused on the development of proposals to ICAO regarding the formation of generally accepted international norms of the sonic boom level from a supersonic passenger aircraft.

An important achievement for the Institute was to maintain the status of Contact Point from Russia in the X-Noise International consortium to coordinate the research on aircraft noise. The Aviation Noise Impact Management through Novel Approaches (ANIMA) project is meant to become the next stage of development in this multi-year project. ANIMA will provide support to the roadmap of European aeroacoustics research by attracting experts at the national level, defined by the X-Noise contact points, and managers of existing projects.

Also, attendees agreed to organize a seminar for European and Russian scientists with financial support from X-Noise. It is planned that the event dedicated to the formulating of directions for joint research on noise, will take place in Berlin.

Victor Kopyev, head of the Aeroacoustics and Aviation Ecology Division of TsAGI gave his evaluation of the meeting in Brussels. “Most important for us is the example of a multi-year integrated management of noise, which involved research institutes, universities, aviation companies, airports, the European aviation safety agency EASA and ICAO,” he noted. “A unique support structure is created for the environmental management and further advanced research. The evolution of approaches in creating noise reduction technology is reflected in new projects, AERIALIST, ARTEM TURBONOISE, RUMBLE, TILDA and their position in the working map of X-Noise. We can say with confidence that the seminar was frank and exhaustive.”

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CSeries engines not afflicted with PW1100G issues

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ANALYSIS: How F-16I loss will reshape Israel's offensive strategy

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Full-Year 2017 results: Airbus overachieved on all key performance indicators

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  • Strong underlying business performance
  • Revenues €67bn; EBIT Adjusted €4.3bn; EBIT (reported) €3.4bn; EPS (reported) €3.71
  • Proposed 2017 dividend €1.50 per share, up 11 percent from 2016
  • Solid commercial environment: book-to-bill of 1.5, record backlog supporting ramp-up
  • Free cash flow before M&A and customer financing € 2.9 billion
  • A400M charge € 1.3 billion in 2017; clear roadmap mitigating future risk
  • Airbus expects around a 20 percent increase in EBIT Adjusted in 2018
Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) reported 2017   financial results and provided an outlook for 2018.  It overachieved on its 2017 guidance for all key performance indicators, driven by a strong underlying performance.

“We overachieved on all our 2017 KPIs thanks to a very good operational performance, especially in the last quarter,” said Airbus Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders. “Despite persistent engine issues on the A320neo, we continued the production ramp-up and finally delivered a record number of aircraft. On A400M, we made progress on the industrial and capabilities front and agreed a re-baselining with government customers which will significantly reduce the remaining programme risks. This is reflected in a substantial one-off charge. Overall, the strength of our 2017 achievements is reflected in our dividend proposal which is up 11 percent against last year. This also endorses our earnings and cash growth story for the future.”

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Accident: Delta A332 at Lagos on Feb 13th 2018, engine fire

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[video] What Do You Get When You Cross an Airplane With a Submarine?

Time-lapse image of the EagleRay transitioning from underwater to the air. Image credit: Matthew Bryant. Click to enlarge.
 
 
Bryant, Weisler and Stewart (from left to right), with a prototype of the EagleRay. 


North Carolina State University's press release

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Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed the first unmanned, fixed-wing aircraft that is capable of traveling both through the air and under the water – transitioning repeatedly between sky and sea. The EagleRay XAV, which was developed with funding and assistance from Teledyne Scientific, holds promise for use in applications such as tracking and observing wildlife.



“Maintaining aerial surveillance can use a lot of energy,” says Warren Weisler, a Ph.D. student at NC State who worked on the EagleRay project. “The EagleRay can conserve energy by spending some of its time in the water.

“For example, the EagleRay could track a fast-moving pod of dolphins from the air, then spend time loitering in the water if the dolphins stop to take advantage of a good feeding spot. The EagleRay could then resume flight when the dolphins begin moving again.”

“The EagleRay could also rapidly move underwater sensors from location to location,” says William Stewart, another NC State Ph.D. student who worked on the project. “It could even perform underwater monitoring that most unmanned aerial vehicles can’t.

“For example, sonar only works underwater. If you’re seeking a sonar target, the EagleRay could fly to a site, submerge to take sonar readings, and then resume flight to take readings elsewhere. Historically, an aircraft would have to drop sonobuoys to collect sonar data.”

The project started when a team of four NC State faculty, led by Matthew Bryant, an assistant professor in NC State’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, won a research contract from Teledyne in 2014. Professors Kara Peters, Ashok Gopalarathnam, and Larry Silverberg served as co-principle investigators on the project. By spring of 2016, Bryant’s team had developed a fully functional prototype – and they published a paper on the work in 2017. Video of the EagleRay in action can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aw01NnG9hu0.

“A key point regarding the EagleRay design is that it is scalable – you can make larger or smaller models as needed,” Stewart says. “It really depends on the size of the desired payload, how long you’d need it to operate, and so on.”

The current model of EagleRay has a wingspan of 59 inches and is 55 inches long, weighing in at 12.6 pounds. It has a dual-use propeller, powered by an electric motor, that propels it through both air and water.

“We’re currently developing a custom controller for the EagleRay,” Weisler says. “Existing controllers aren’t designed for a vehicle that transitions from air to sea and back again – they’re designed to be one or the other, with no transition stage.”

The researchers are also refining a dynamic model of the EagleRay, for use in simulations that can be used for training purposes, to predict performance under various conditions and to refine the vehicle design.

“This project has been extremely challenging and rewarding,” Weisler says.

“Seeing it fly during field trials was exhilarating,” says Stewart.





Testing and Characterization of a Fixed Wing Cross-Domain Unmanned Vehicle Operating in Aerial and Underwater Environments
The paper, “Testing and Characterization of a Fixed Wing Cross-Domain Unmanned Vehicle Operating in Aerial and Underwater Environments,” is published in the IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering. Weisler is lead author of the paper. Co-authors include Stewart, Bryant, Peters, Gopalarathnam and Mark Anderson of Teledyne.

Abstract:
This paper presents test results and performance characterization of the first fixed-wing unmanned vehicle capable of full cross-domain operation in both the aerial and underwater environments with repeated transition and low-energy loitering capabilities. This vehicle concept combines the speed and range of an aircraft with the persistence, diving capabilities, and stealth of a submersible. The paper describes the proof-of-concept vehicle including its concept of operations, the approaches employed to achieve the required functions, and the main components and subsystems. Key subsystems include a passively flooding and draining wing, a single motor and propeller combination for propulsion in both domains, and aerodynamic–hydrodynamic control surfaces. Experiments to quantify the vehicle performance, control responses, and energy consumption in underwater, surface, and flight operation are presented and analyzed. Results of several full-cycle tests are presented to characterize and illustrate each stage of operation including surface locomotion, underwater locomotion, water egress, flight, and water ingress. In total, the proof-of-concept vehicle demonstrated 12 full-cycle cross-domain missions including both manually controlled and autonomous operation.




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Airbus’ A321LR goes the distance to open new horizons for airlines

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Nonstop Paris-New York flight demonstrates the jetliner’s capabilities, including on busy North Atlantic routes

The best-selling A320 Family marked a new milestone with yesterday’s Paris-to-New York nonstop flight flown by the A321LR – demonstrating this jetliner version’s ability to serve new markets and operate on heavily-travelled North Atlantic routes with the highest levels of efficiency and comfort.

The LR designation is for ‘long range’ and with good reason: the A321LR has the longest range of any single-aisle commercial aircraft today, able to fly 7,400 kilometres nonstop.

Its ‘long legs’ are signified by the No. 1 A321LR’s livery featuring the Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty – a representation of the Paris/New York route flown yesterday from Le Bourget Airport near the French capital to the New York region’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The aircraft also is well suited for intra-regional airline segments in Asia, the United States and other markets.

Improved aerodynamics and efficient jet engines

The A321LR’s unrivalled efficiency – driven by aerodynamic improvements and state-of-the-art efficient turbofan jet engines – has established its popularity among airlines, with Airbus already notching more than 100 orders for the aircraft; the first customer delivery is expected in late 2018. The interior of the A321LR will be passenger-pleasing as well, with unmatched comfort from the widest single-aisle cabin in the sky, comfortable seats, extra-large luggage bins and the latest in-flight-entertainment technology.

Operators can outfit the A321LR in state-of-the-art two-class configurations with full-flat seats for true long-haul comfort, or in a single-class layout capable of accommodating up to 240 passengers.

The A321LR is the next evolutionary step of Airbus’ twin-engine A321neo that has captured more than an 80 percent share in its middle-of-the-market category. Airbus expects the A321LR to continue this trend, as it offers a thoroughly modern replacement for the large number of ageing narrowbody and widebody aircraft facing retirement in the coming years.

Value from continual investment in the A320 Family

Airbus continuously invests in the A320 Family – some $300 million per year – to keep this jetliner product line at the leading edge of technology, thereby creating value for its customers and providing continued comfort for passengers.

The A321LR performed its maiden flight on 31 January of this year. Yesterday’s transcontinental flight, with the aircraft powered by two CFM International LEAP-1A engines, is part of nearly 100 hours of flight tests in advance of the jetliner’s airworthiness certification, expected in the second quarter of 2018. Read the press release on yesterday’s Paris-New York flight with the A321LR.

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Voom, On-demand helicopter booking platform, joins Airbus Helicopters








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On-demand helicopter booking platform to become part of the company’s services offering

Marignane, Voom, the world's premier on-demand helicopter booking platform, is now joining Airbus Helicopters as part of the company’s strategy to provide new urban mobility solutions for commuters. Initially incubated in A^3, Airbus’ Silicon Valley outpost, Voom launched commercial operations in April 2017 in Sao Paulo, flying thousands of passengers over the last ten months, and plans to expand its presence this year.

“Urban transportation on and below ground is reaching its limits, and naturally Airbus is looking to the skies to redefine a third axis for public transportation solutions,” said Matthieu Louvot, Airbus Helicopters Executive Vice-President Customer Support and Services. “Voom will allow us to grow the usage of existing helicopters for the benefit of urban citizens and operators. With Voom we will also explore and develop new business models in order to support our innovation roadmap.”

Voom is building the future of urban air mobility today by making helicopter transportation accessible and affordable to urban commuters. The platform connects travellers with trusted and licensed helicopter operator partners, providing a new escape to urban congestion by taking to the skies. Voom air taxi flights can be booked on their website in as little as 60 minutes in advance.

“We are thrilled to join Airbus Helicopters to build the urban air mobility experience around the world,” said Voom CEO Uma Subramanian. “Our services provide convenient, reliable and affordable air transit to urban areas that so desperately need an alternative to traditional ground transportation. Following our launch in Brazil, we are expanding into additional cities, beginning with Mexico City early this year.”

As part of its bold vision for the future of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) systems, Airbus is exploring a range of breakthrough urban mobility solutions. This includes on-demand helicopter rides for events; the four passenger, self-piloted CityAirbus eVTOL demonstrator; the single passenger, self-piloted Vahana eVTOL aircraft by A^3; the Altiscope project by A^3 helping to shape future regulations and air traffic control requirements to safely integrate eVTOL aircraft in urban skies; autonomous urban parcel delivery by drones through the Skyways project; and finally the Racer high-speed demonstrator, which aims to connect the heart of distant cities.

Airbus is determined to shape the future of urban air mobility to help people travel smarter, work more efficiently, and live better.

For more information on Voom, visit www.voom.flights

About Airbus
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2016 it generated revenues of €67 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats and business aviation products. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.



Voom's Press Release


Today, Voom, an on-demand helicopter service operating in São Paulo, Brazil, announced that it has joined Airbus Helicopters as part of the company’s strategy to provide new urban mobility solutions for commuters. Voom was initially launched in 2016 as a project of , Airbus’ Silicon Valley innovation outpost.

Since launching operations in São Paulo in April 2017, Voom has experienced significant growth in its business,, achieving 200%+ month-over-month growth in journeys and 220%+ monthly growth in riders acquired. Voom’s progress to date provides strong evidence that air travel could provide a viable alternative to ground transportation in the world’s most congested cities. Today, Voom has expanded its operation to eight (8) helipads and more than fifteen (15) routes in São Paulo. We’ve launched new features, including pre-booking, scenic flights and an in-app integration with Cabify.

“We are excited to partner with Airbus Helicopters to build the future of Urban Air Mobility, as we scale Voom. We appreciate all the support that we have received from A³ over the past 18 months in getting the business off the ground,” said Uma Subramanian, CEO of Voom.

“Urban transportation on and below ground is reaching its limits, and naturally Airbus is looking to the skies to redefine a third axis for public transportation solutions,” said Matthieu Louvot, Airbus Helicopters Executive Vice-President Customer Support and Services. “Voom will allow us to grow the usage of existing helicopters for the benefit of urban citizens and operators. With Voom, we will also explore and develop new business models in order to support our innovation roadmap and projects, such as the multi-passenger, self-piloted electric vertical take-off and landing CityAirbus, designed for urban air mobility.”

With Airbus’ additional financial commitment, Voom will expand its operations in São Paulo as well as launch new markets in 2018, beginning with Mexico City, Mexico. 

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United 777 loses cowling on approach to Honolulu

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/united-777-loses-cowling-on-approach-to-honolulu-445893/

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EASA issues EAD regarding A320 Neo and A321 Neo engines, withdraws ETOPS with immediate effect

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US seeks to privatize its share in the International Space Station

https://newatlas.com/us-privatize-international-space-station/53369/

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-acting-administrator-statement-on-fiscal-year-2019-budget-proposal

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