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SNC, Stratolaunch expand on proposed Dream Chaser flights


As Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) continues forward with efforts to develop numerous mission scenarios for its Dream Chaser space plane, a study – in collaboration with Stratolaunch Systems – expands…

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SpaceX’s Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship ready for action


The mystery behind the “floating platform” – set to welcome home a returning Falcon 9 v1.1 first stage – has been solved via a series of fascinating comments…

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The Singing Soyuz: TMA-15M crew arrive at the ISS


Another three crewmembers have competed a fast rendezvous trip to the International Space Station on Sunday. Terry Virts of NASA, Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos and a tuneful Samantha…

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US Navy ready to support EFT-1 Orion’s splashdown


While public attention is focused on the upcoming launch of the Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) Orion, the US Navy is preparing for the spacecraft’s splashdown at the…

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China launches Kuaizhou-2 in second launch within 24 hours


The Chinese have launched their second mission in the space of 24 hours, with the orbiting of the Kuaizhou-2 natural disaster monitoring satellite. Launch took place at 06:37…

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Long March 2D lofts Yaogan Weixing-24 for China


The Chinese have launched yet another spy satellite, this time via a Long March 2D rocket. The launch of Yaogan Weixing-24 “remote sensing” satellite comes just six days…

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CRS-5 Dragon ISS mission aiming for December 16 target


NASA has confirmed a December 16 placeholder for the Falcon 9 v1.1 launch of the CRS-5/SpX-5 Dragon mission to the International Space Station (ISS). This latest mission will…

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Lockheed Martin enter ATLO phase for Mars InSight lander


Following last week’s dramatic exploits of Rosetta’s Philae lander on the surface of a comet, another lander – destined for the surface of Mars – is being born…

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Pad 39A – SpaceX laying the groundwork for Falcon Heavy debut


SpaceX has confirmed it is now into the construction phase of converting Kennedy Space Center’s Pad 39A for its Falcon Heavy debut, with a large amount of work…

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Philae wins battle to send key data ahead battery depletion


ESA’s Philae lander battled against the odds on Friday, transmitting key scientific data before its batteries were depleted. Due to the unplanned location – following a couple of…

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