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Coverage of advances in space exploration that have implications for state and local government. Includes stories about satellites, which are increasingly used to expand the availability of Internet access, as well as to capture images and gather data using sensors to monitor things like environmental conditions and infrastructure needs.

As the top Republican appropriator for NASA in the Senate, Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas is set to play a key role in the emerging space race between the United States and China.
The business of sending humans into space has not yet risen to the levels seen during the famed space shuttle program, but 2024 could see the most U.S.-based orbital launches in 15 years.
Two South Texas congressmen are calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to expedite its review of SpaceX's Starship project near Boca Chica Beach outside Brownsville.
Tech entrepreneur Franklin Antonio, the co-founder of California chip maker Qualcomm, left a substantial and generous donation to the alien research community when he passed away last year.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced that it is launching more than just rockets these days, with a new streaming service, NASA+, set to take off this week.
The Space Force awarded a $25.5 million contract last month to Astroscale U.S. Inc. to develop and deliver an in-orbit refueler by 2026, the service announced in a September news release.
A Japanese startup aims to take passengers 15.5 miles above sea level in an airtight capsule fixed to a helium balloon that offers a space tourism-like experience without the same price tag of firms like Virgin Galactic.
UC Berkeley aims to capture interest with plans for a $2 billion, 36-acre space center at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, which will feature needed classrooms, laboratories and housing.
NASA is banking on SpaceX’s powerhouse Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time, aiming to send a probe named Psyche to a mysterious asteroid that has the same name this week.
The Federal Aviation Administration has closed its investigation into the flight of an uncrewed Blue Origin New Shepard rocket that ended with its booster destroyed and a capsule that had to use its emergency system.