The merger between ATK and Orbital Sciences has been approved by the Justice Department. The deal is expected to close February 2015.
The European Space Agency approved development of the new Ariane 6 rocket on December 2nd. The industry will accept all commercial market risks, while the EU guarantees a purchase of five launches per year.
The House passed the FY 2015 National Defense Authorization Act on December 4th with the Senate expected to pass the bill this week. The bill authorizes $220 million for the development of a U.S. alternative to the RD-180. The bill also places restrictions upon the future uses of the Russian RD-180.
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