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Unmanned Soyuz docking at International Space Station aborted; another try planned

Unmanned Soyuz docking at International Space Station aborted; another try planned

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Aug. 24 (UPI) -- An unmanned Russian Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft aborted a docking with the International Space Station and another attempted is planned no earlier than Monday, space officials said Saturday. The spacecraft, which was maneuvered by a robot called Skybot F-850, was aborted at 1:36 a.m. EDT, NASA said in a blog post. After liftoff Wednesday night, the spacecraft made 34 orbits of Earth en route to its anticipated docking. Instead it came within roughly 330 feet from the ISS. The docking could not be attempted manually because there wasn't a necessary system on board the Soyuz, a NASA announcer said during the live broadcast. There is no threat to the International Space Station and its crew, according to Russian space agency Roscosmos in a report by state-run TASS. The Soyuz is...
DynCorp International gets $308.6M airfield readiness contract

DynCorp International gets $308.6M airfield readiness contract

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July 5 (UPI) -- DynCorp International received a $ 306.6 million contract with the U.S. Air Force for aviation command and control and maintenance services, the Pentagon announced. The contract calls for air traffic control, airfield management and maintenance support in the Air Force Central Command's area of responsibility, which includes southwest Asia. Four orders were received in the competitive acquisition contract. The result was announced Wednesday by the Defense Department. Work is to be completed by July 31, 2024. DynCorp International, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, supports aviation missions at more than 100 locations worldwide with operational airfield readiness. The Air Combat Command's Acquisitions management and integration center, Langley Air Force Base, Hampton, Va...
Nasa to open International Space Station to tourists

Nasa to open International Space Station to tourists

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Nasa is to allow tourists to visit the International Space Station from 2020, priced at $ 35,000 (£27,500) per night.The US space agency said it would open the orbiting station to tourism and other business ventures.There will be up to two short private astronaut missions per year, said Robyn Gatens, the deputy director of the ISS.Nasa said that private astronauts would be permitted to travel to the ISS for up to 30 days, travelling on US spacecraft."Nasa is opening the International Space Station to commercial opportunities and marketing these opportunities as we've never done before," chief financial officer Jeff DeWit said in New York. Nasa said that private commercial entities would be respon
Iran facing ‘unprecedented’ pressure from international sanctions, Rouhani says

Iran facing ‘unprecedented’ pressure from international sanctions, Rouhani says

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Iran is facing "unprecedented" pressure from international sanctions, President Hassan Rouhani has said.Renewed US sanctions had led to worse economic conditions than during the country's 1980-88 war with neighbouring Iraq, Mr Rouhani said.His comments came amid rising tensions with the US, which last week deployed warships and warplanes to the Gulf.Mr Rouhani, who has come under domestic political pressure, called for political unity to face down sanctions."During the war we did not have a problem with our banks, oil sales or imports and exports, and there were only sanctions on arms purchases," Mr Rouhani told political activists in the capital, Tehran."The pressures by enemies is a war unprecedented in the history of our Islam...
International outcry over Istanbul election re-run

International outcry over Istanbul election re-run

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Media playback is unsupported on your device The EU and leading member states have sharply criticised a decision in Turkey to re-run Istanbul's mayoral election, after a shock opposition win.An EU spokesperson called on Turkey's electoral body to explain the controversial decision "without delay".Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Mass called the re-run "incomprehensible".The move was also criticised by the French government and by leading MEP Guy Verhofstadt, who said Turkey was "drifting towards dictatorship".The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last month lost the mayorship of Turkey's biggest city by a narrow margin, but Mr Erdogan refused to accept defeat.The AKP claims that there were irregularit...