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Innovation
Virgin Galactic relocates SpaceShipTwo, moves closer to commercialisation
“Today marks another step closer: We will have a genuine Space Valley in Southern New Mexico, a hotbed of innovation and achievement and space tourism development."
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Space flight
Boeing backs Virgin Galactic's missions to space
Boeing is throwing its weight – and its wallet – behind Sir Richard Branson’s spaceflight company Virgin Galactic.
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Satellite
US 'Space Fence' tracked satellite breakup debris in real time
While this was all a test run and the Space Fence is not currently operational, it does show that its surveillance is able to observe these events unfolding at different altitudes in real time. 
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Space
NZ-Dutch startup to send $3.35 million into space
Investors will soon be sending $3.35 million into space – and helping Kiwi-Dutch startup Dawn Aerospace to make it happen.
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Space
These were the voyages of the Kepler space telescope
After nine years exploring deep space, NASA's spacecraft and telescope will now be another piece of historical space junk.
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APAC
Exclusive: Kacific makes a bid for the APAC satellite broadband market
"As the region progresses to 5G, traditional telecommunications networks will need to be innovative in how they meet the immense demand for bandwidth."
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New Zealand
It's business time, Rocket Lab prepares for its first commercial launch
The mission includes manifested payloads for Spire Global and GeoOptics.
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Startup
Rocket Lab’s test flight reaches orbit and deploys payloads
Rocket Lab currently has five Electron vehicles in production, with the next launch expected to take place in early 2018.
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Startup
Rocket Lab announces second test launch window on Mahia Peninsula
Still Testing is the second of three test launches planned from Launch Complex 1 ahead of commercial operations.
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Rocket Lab
Rocket Lab to fly Planet and Spire satellites on second test flight
“Carrying a test payload marks a significant milestone for the Electron programme, enabling Rocket Lab to gather crucial data,” says CEO Peter Beck.