Monthly Archives: June 2012

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Delta IV Heavy launches NROL-15 from Cape Canaveral


The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket has made its twentieth launch Friday morning from Space Launch Complex 37B at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carrying…

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Shenzhou-9 successfully returns to Earth


The three member crew of China’s Shenzhou-9 have safely returned to Earth, following a successful – and historic – docked mission with the unmanned space module Tiangong-1. The…

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Atlantis readied for her trip to the VAB – OPF-1 for transition


Atlantis is closing in on the end of her Transition and Retirement (T&R) processing, following the installation of her three Replica Shuttle Main Engines (RSMEs). Atlantis is scheduled…

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SpaceX joy at Merlin 1D test – Orbital fire up their AJ-26 engine


Two loud rumbles in the south of the United States marked two milestones for the country’s drive to regain its space flight independence, as SpaceX and Orbital both fired…

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ISS: Dextre and RRM complete second round of joint ops – CDRA recovered


Aboard the International Space Station (ISS) this past week, Canada’s Dextre robot and NASA’s Robotic Refuelling Mission (RRM) experiment have completed their second period of joint operations designed…

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Shenzhou-9 successfully conducts manual docking test with Tiangong-1


More than half way through their mission, the crew of Shenzhou-9 have accomplished another major flight objective, as the spacecraft successfully conducted the manual docking test with the…

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Sierra Nevada’s 5-year partnership with NASA – Progress on Dream Chaser


Five years after joining forces with NASA’s Langley Research Center, the Sierra Nevada Corporation continues to narrow its focus on their Dream Chaser spaceplane – a NASA Commercial…

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ASAP insist on NASA certification amid praise for SpaceX success


NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) have written to Administrator Charles Bolden with their latest overview from their recent quarterly meeting, praising the success of SpaceX’s C2+ mission…

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ULA Atlas V marks 50th EELV launch by lofting NROL-38 uphill


United Launch Alliance (ULA) have launched their Atlas V on Wednesday morning – marking the 50th EELV mission – carrying the NROL-38 payload for the US National Reconnaissance…

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SLS teams drawing on experience in preparation of actual hardware production


Space Launch System (SLS) teams are over a month into their DAC-2 (Design Analysis Cycle), as they push the Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle (HLV) towards the Preliminary Design…

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China’s Shenzhou-9 successfully docks with Tiangong-1


The three person crew of Shenzhou-9 – including the first Chinese woman to fly in space – have successfully conducted the first crewed docking for their country. Docking…

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Chinese Long March 2F/G launches Shenzhou-9 on historic mission


Four years after the launch of the historical Shenzhou-7 EVA mission, China is writing another chapter his space history with the launch of the manned Shenzhou-9 mission. On board,…

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NASA teams evaluating ISS-built Exploration Platform roadmap


NASA’s Human Architecture Team (HAT) are coming to the conclusion of their support activity phase for what could be the major focal point for exploring deep space destinations….

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Orbital’s Pegasus successfully launches NASA’s NuSTAR spacecraft


Orbital Sciences Corporation have launched NASA’s NuSTAR spacecraft Thursday. The spacecraft was deployed by a Pegasus-XL carrier rocket dropped from an aircraft flying from the Bucholz Army Airfield…

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Cupola hit by minor MMOD strike, shutter closed for evaluations


Window 2 on the Cupola module has been hit by a minor MicroMeteoroid and Orbital Debris (MMOD) strike. With the window’s protective shutter closed, per flight rules, ISS…

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NEEMO 16 begins – Real NEA mission outline continues to be worked


The international crew of the NEEMO 16 (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations) mission have begun their mission at the Aquarius underwater habitat in Key Largo, Florida. The 10…

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SNC outline Dream Chaser’s Enterprise-style landing test approach


Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser – one of the leading candidates to win the right to launch US astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) – is heading…

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SpaceX deal boosts Falcon 9’s secondary payload manifest


SpaceX and Spaceflight Inc. have agreed to a Launch Services Agreement (LSA) framework that will allow for a multitude of secondary payloads to hitch a ride uphill with…

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Dream Chaser passes PDR, heads towards integrated system testing


Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) have announced they have “a credible system design which is now approved to proceed towards integrated system testing” after their Dream Chaser Space System…

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SBIRS GEO-1 posting good exam grades ahead of operational certification


The first Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) geosynchronous (GEO-1) satellite is enjoying its on orbit schooling, over a year since it was launched. The Lockheed Martin spacecraft is…