Monthly Archives: July 2012

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Wind Tunnel testing conducted on SLS configurations, including Block 1B


With the Space Launch System (SLS) family heading towards the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) phase, engineers at two NASA centers have conducted wind tunnel testing on scales models…

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Progress M-15M re-docks to ISS following resolution of Kurs-NA failure


Russia’s Progress M-15M spacecraft, designated by NASA as 47P, has successfully re-docked to the International Space Station (ISS) for the second time, following its undocking one week ago….

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HTV-3 arrives to make large delivery of supplies and research cargo to ISS


The Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle-3 (HTV-3) automated resupply spacecraft has arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) following its launch into space from the Tanegashima space center in…

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Long March 3C launches China’s third tracking and data relay satellite


A Long March 3C (Chang Zheng 3C) has returned China back into action for the first time since their Shenzhou-9 manned rendezvous and docking mission. The launch of…

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The passing of Sally Ride – The legacy of a true shuttle pioneer


The first American woman in space, Dr Sally Ride, sadly passed away this week. Dr Ride, a veteran of two shuttle missions with Challenger, continued to dedicate her…

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Progress M-15M re-dock to ISS to test new antenna hardware aborted


The Russian Progress M-15M resupply spacecraft, also known by its US designation of 47P, was set to dock to the International Space Station (ISS) for the second time…

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Russian Soyuz-FG successfully launches five satellites


A Russian Government Soyuz-FG launch vehicle has lofted five spacecraft – the Russian satellites KANOPUS-V1 (Canopus-B) and MKA-PN1, a Belarusian BKA satellite, the Canadian ADS-1B (ExactView-1) and German…

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Japanese H-IIB launches HTV-3 to the International Space Station


The Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) have launched their H-IIB F3 carrier rocket from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. Lift off was on schedule at 2:06am UTC,…

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NASA and ULA confirm Atlas V baseline for human rated launches


The United Launch Alliance (ULA) have completed a major review into the ability to Human Rate the Atlas V launch vehicle. In cooperation with NASA, ULA engineers conducted…

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KSC All Hands: Spaceport must continue to adapt to NASA changes


Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Director Bob Cabana has stated his world famous spaceport must continue to adapt and respond to Agency changes, although he remains buoyant about the center’s…

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ISS returns to a six person crew following successful Soyuz TMA-05M docking


The three additional crewmembers of Expedition 32 have arrived at the International Space Station (ISS), following the successful docking of their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft on Tuesday morning. Increasing…

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Orion program deep into production, processing and testing for EFT-1


After a somewhat unhappy childhood, that included an abrupt and costly cancellation, the Orion program is now full speed ahead for its Exploration Flight Test (EFT-1). The Orion…

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Soyuz TMA-05M launches trio to the International Space Station


The highly experienced Soyuz commander Yuri Malenchenko, NASA astronaut Sunita Williams and Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide have set sail for the International Space Station (ISS) onboard their Russian…

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Commercial space flight shows reignited interest in the Air Launch system


Virgin Galactic unveiled their new air launch system – called LauncherOne – this week, classing it as a “revolution” in space access for small satellites. However, the concept…

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Dream Chaser Nose Landing Gear Skid System ready for landing tests


Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) have completed another milestone in their Commercial Crew Development (CCDev-2) contract with NASA, by testing the Dream Chaser’s Nose Landing Gear. The system comprises…

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NASA ESD set key Orion requirement based on Lunar missions


NASA’s new spaceship, the Orion crew capsule, will be able to actively host a crew for 21 days, a requirement designed to cover all exploration missions, but mainly…

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ILS Proton-M launches with SES-5 satellite


International Launch Services (ILS) have launched their Proton-M rocket on Monday. Lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan was on schedule at 18:38 GMT, with the Proton’s Briz-M…

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One year on – Review notes superb performance of STS-135′s SRBs


One year to the day since Atlantis launched on her final mission, the exceptional performance by the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs) – which aided STS-135′s ride uphill during first…

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NASA Safety Panel call for crew risk mitigation via debut SLS mission


NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) praised the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion programs for making “considerable progress” during their latest meeting, but called for managers to…

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Ariane 5 ECA launches with MSG-3 and EchoStar XVII


Arianespace have launched their Ariane 5 ECA on a mission to loft two satellites into orbit – namely Meteosat Second Generation-3 (MSG-3) and EchoStar XVII. Launch from the…