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Italian veteran Paolo Nespoli to return to the ISS


The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced Paolo Nespoli is to return to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2017. The veteran Italian astronaut will be making his…

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NTSB SpaceShipTwo findings will serve to strengthen our resolve – Branson


The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has provided details into the probable cause of the SpaceShipTwo failure during last year’s test flight. The investigation found co-pilot error and…

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Saving Spaceship Dragon – Software to provide contingency chute deploy


SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk has ordered the installation of contingency abort software into all future Dragon cargo spacecraft, providing them with an option to deploy…

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Safety first: Ten years since STS-114’s return to flight misssion


Ten years ago today, the Space Shuttle Discovery left the Kennedy Space Center on STS-114. The flight, filled with hopes, aspirations, and emotions, marked the first step in returning the Shuttle to…

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Chinese Long March 3B launches dual Beidou mission


China launched a new pair of navigation satellites in the move to advance the completion of the Phase III of its Beidou program. The launch took place at…

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Returning the Shuttle to flight: STS-114’s evolution from Columbia


STS-114 was the Shuttle mission that returned NASA to active flight status following the tragic loss of Columbia. But STS-114, more than any other flight of its time,…

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University of Essex propose training pool larger than the NBL


ESA astronaut Tim Peake has provided his backing for a University of Essex proposal to build the world’s deepest and largest pool for space and deep-sea research and…

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ULA Delta IV successfully lofts WGS-7


Flying with an upgraded first stage, United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV rocket has successfully deployed the seventh Wideband Global Satcom communications satellite on Thursday. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral…

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Soyuz TMA-17M successfully docks to ISS


A Russian Soyuz FG rocket successfully launched the Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft on a six-hour launch-to-docking mission on Wednesday. Launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome occurred at 21:02 UTC, followed…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 failure investigation focuses on COPV struts


SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk has updated the status of the investigation into the failure of the Falcon 9 rocket during its ill-fated CRS-7 Dragon mission….

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