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Rosetta and Philae officially say goodbye as mission draws to conclusion


The communication link between the Rosetta spacecraft and the Philae lander was turned off on Wednesday, marking a bittersweet milestone in the final days of the mission to…

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Arianespace aiming to compete via efficiency before reusability


Space industry stalwart Arianespace believes it will continue to compete in the global launch services market by focusing on innovation and efficiency with its upcoming Ariane 6 and…

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NASA prepares for first-ever in-space DNA sequencing experiment


With the arrival of the SpaceX CRS-9 mission to the Space Station Wednesday morning, the first-ever in-space DNA sequencer experiment has arrived at the international orbiting lab. The…

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SLS Launch Director outlines the NASA’s big rocket countdown plan


With just over two years to go until the rocket’s maiden launch, Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, NASA’s launch director for the first Space Launch System (SLS) mission, has provided an…

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CRS-9 Dragon completes journey to the Space Station


After just over two days of orbital rendezvous activities, SpaceX’s Dragon capsule has completed rendezvous and proximity operations with the International Space Station (ISS) ahead of being grappled…

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Russia Progress MS-03/64P docks with ISS


The Russian Progress MS-03/64P resupply ship has arrived at the International Space Station on Monday, two days after its launch. The mission is the second of three Russian…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 lofts CRS-9 Dragon launch and achieves LZ-1 landing


SpaceX has launched its Falcon 9 rocket early on Monday, carrying the CRS-9 Dragon spacecraft bound for the International Space Station (ISS) with a cargo of supplies for…

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SpaceX conducts static fire Falcon 9 rocket ahead of CRS-9 launch


SpaceX has conducted a critical test firing of all nine core stage engines of its Falcon 9 rocket ahead of an early-Monday/late-Sunday scheduled launch of the CRS-9 cargo…

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Engine 0528 begins RS-25 testing for SLS – suffers early shutdown


The latest RS-25 test at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi – aimed at continuing the certification effort to adapt the Space Shuttle era cryogenic rocket engine for…

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DARPA pushing new effort with Experimental Spaceplane, XS-1


Citing increasing U.S. launch costs and the “fleeing” of commercial customers to foreign launch service providers, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is continuing to push a…

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