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Soyuz TMA-18M docks to increase ISS crew size to nine


The Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft has docked with the International Space Station on Friday, following its Wednesday launch via a Soyuz FG rocket. Soyuz TMA-18M delivered one new Expedition crewmember…

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ULA Atlas V launches with fourth MUOS spacecraft


United Launch Alliance (ULA) has successfully deployed the US Navy’s fourth MUOS satellite on Wednesday, with an Atlas V carrying the communications spacecraft into a geostationary transfer orbit….

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Enhanced Cygnus to help Orbital ATK meet CRS contract by 2017


The first flight of Orbital ATK’s Enhanced Cygnus resupply craft for the International Space Station is set to launch in December atop an Atlas V rocket. Helping Orbital ATK return…

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ILS Proton M completes RTF mission with Inmarsat 5 F3


International Launch Services (ILS) has returned the Proton M rocket to flight via the launch of the Inmarsat-5 F-3 communications satellite – part of the Inmarsat Global Xpress…

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Stennis completes first SLS RS-25 test series, prepares next engine


A former Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME), that never gained the honor of pushing a Space Shuttle into orbit, has completed an important role that is part of…

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Indian GSLV launches with GSAT-6


India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle has successfully deployed a communications satellite Thursday, with the rocket’s ninth flight lofting the GSAT-6 spacecraft. The launch was on schedule at 16:52…

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Long March 4C lofts latest Yaogan Weixing satellite


Confirming the rumors that have circulated over recent days, China has launched another new satellite in the military’s Yaogan Weixing series via the use of a Long March-4C…

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Orion parachute test evaluates failed chute scenarios


The Orion Program has successfully conducted another parachute drop test over the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in the Arizona desert, testing failure scenarios with the Drogue and Main…

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ULA utilizing OVI to reduce vehicle integration timeline


United Launch Alliance (ULA) has completed its first processing flow utilizing Off-site Vertical Integration (OVI) ahead of the upcoming Atlas V/MUOS-4 mission. The process involves several structural elements…

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Russian institute plans all-female simulated moon mission for end of 2015


Following from their Mars-500 “long duration” simulation in 2011-2012, the Institute of Biomedical Problems in Moscow, Russia, has announced plans to perform an all-female simulated eight-day lunar circumnavigation…

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