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OA-6: Atlas V booster shortcomings due to MRCV anomaly


Despite successfully lofting the OA-6 Cygnus safely into orbit, United Launch Alliance (ULA) engineers have been investigating the first stage launch phase of the Atlas V’s March mission….

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Indian PSLV lofts IRNSS-1G to complete navigation constellation


India has launched a PSLV rocket carrying the IRNSS-1G navigation satellite. The launch, which took place early Thursday afternoon local time, completes deployment of the first-generation IRNSS constellation,…

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Soyuz 2-1 launches maiden mission from Vostochny


A Soyuz rocket has conducted the first launch from Russia’s Vostochny Cosmodrome on Thursday – carrying the Mokhailo Lomonosov research satellite and two small secondary payloads. Following a…

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SpaceX plans to debut Red Dragon with 2018 Mars mission


SpaceX has entered into an agreement with NASA for a Dragon mission to Mars, set to take place as early as 2018. Known as “Red Dragon”, the variant of…

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Soyuz ST-A launches with Sentinel-1B at fourth attempt


Russia’s Soyuz ST-A rocket has launched with the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-1B spacecraft and four small satellites, following three delays – two relating to unacceptable weather for both…

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NASA seeks to boost Mars communication network ahead of human missions


As part of its increasing dedication and ramp up of activities at the red planet, NASA has announced a solicitation of ideas for a new Mars orbiter in…

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Orbital ATK eye VAB and MLP for potential EELV-class rocket


Orbital ATK and NASA have entered into an agreement to begin negotiations over the potential use of High Bay 2 inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). The discussions,…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne tasked with NASA’s Advanced SEP system development


As part of its initiative to advance exploration in the solar system, NASA has awarded Aerojet Rocketdyne a contract for two crucial elements of an Advanced Electric Propulsion…

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Falcon 9 booster preparing for reuse testing at KSC


The first stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9, that successfully helped launch the CRS-8 Dragon to the ISS prior to landing on a drone ship in the Atlantic,…

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Shijian-10 successfully completes return to Earth


Following in the steps of the Shijian-8 mission in 2006, China has successfully completed the Shijian-10 recoverable satellite mission. The launch of Shijian-10 took place at 17:38 UTC on…

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