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The first female space tourist will head to the International Space Station Sept. 14. Anouseh Ansari, the name sponsor for the Ansari X Prize competition, will join NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin on the launch of a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan…

The FAA has written new rules governing commercial rocket launches. The rules are largely in response to the aftermath of the Columbia breakup and are aimed at protecting people on the ground from launches that go awry. They take effect in a year…

An Airbus A380 has flown with new GP7200 engines made by Engine Alliance. The engines, capable of making 81,000 pounds of thrust, were developed from other widebody engines made by GE and Pratt and Whitney and 82 of the 140 orders for the superjumbo are specifying that engine.