The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently issued a report that claims that unless the Air Force puts up new GPS III satellites by 2010, older ones may stop working and service may fail. As of now there are 31 in orbit and although we only need 24 for positioning, the AF seems to have fallen behind in their maintenance. No need to fear yet, as the AF promises the new system will be up and running and may increase the signal by as much as 10 times the present rate.
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Look what may be in space by the year 2010. The Xcor Lynx is a two-seater that can handle suborbital flying and takes off on a regular runway. It has so far been tested up to about 37 miles over the planet. Intended as a glider on the return flight, it can also come back by engine. About the same size of a small private plane, Xcor Aerospace said that they may be funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory for R&D. Not the first to do this, SpaceShipTwo, in development by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, may begin test flights later this year on its commercial product.
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