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SLS searching for missions to solve flight rate dilemma


Space Launch System (SLS) managers are continuing to look at potential – and as yet unfunded – science missions to provide their monster rocket with a viable number…

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CCtCap: NASA won’t abandon Commercial Crew loser


As NASA closes in on the next major milestone of its Commercial Crew Program (CCP), the Agency has noted its desire to continue the “sharing of knowledge” with…

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EFT-1 Orion targets morning launch on December 4


The long-awaited debut flight of NASA’s Orion spacecraft has been scheduled for a morning launch on December 4, a major milestone after nearly 10 years of development. With…

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Ariane 5 launches ATV-5 en route to the ISS


Europe’s ATV-5 cargo ship has set sail on a 14 day journey to the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday. The final ATV mission began when the vehicle’s…

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Dream Chaser flies through major CCiCAP challenge


Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is one step closer from allowing a human crew to fly inside the Dream Chaser spacecraft, as the vehicle passed yet another Commercial Crew Integrated…

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Orion conducts final full system parachute test ahead of EFT-1


As the launch date for Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) closes in, the Orion team conducted the final major parachute testing ahead of gaining data from an actual…

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SpaceX lifts the lid on the Dragon V2 crew spacecraft


SpaceX head Elon Musk has unveiled the latest version of his Dragon spacecraft via a highly anticipated event at the SpaceX factory in California. Known as Dragon V2,…

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EFT-1 Orion slips to December – Allows military satellite to launch first


Orion’s first trip into space has been delayed by nearly three months, following a manifest decision that prioritized the launch of a military satellite for the Geosynchronous Space Situational…

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ASAP claim NASA is employing indecision to allow for roadmap flexibility


Concerns have again been raised about NASA’s shaky exploration roadmap, with the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) claiming the Agency has elected to go down the “indecision-is-the-key-to-flexibility” path. Although only…

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SLS launch rate requires repetitive cadence – Gerstenmaier


NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) will launch at least once per year, as a “necessary” requirement, according to Bill Gerstenmaier. NASA’s Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations recently addressed…

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US Navy Eightballers to monitor EFT-1 Orion’s return


The United States Navy are deep into preparations for supporting the key test milestones for NASA’s Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) mission. The Navy are involved both on…

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Heat Shield for EFT-1 Orion arrives at KSC


The processing flow is heating up for the first Orion set to launch into space, as key elements of the Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) mission arrive for…

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ISS crew: From fixing valves to photographing the spectacular


Despite the government shutdown that had impacted on the majority of NASA, the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) are continuing their busy work in space. The…

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Space agencies push for deep space cooperation


With the International Space Station (ISS) in its 12th year of occupation, space agencies are looking to model the Station’s success in future missions to beyond Earth orbit…

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ISS hardware issues providing lessons to be learned for BEO missions


Minor issues with elements of the International Space Station (ISS) Life Support hardware continue to show the need for highly robust systems on spacecraft bound for Beyond Earth…

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Countdowns and Testing – Commercial Space steps up a gear


Several commercial space companies are in the midst of critical testing and launch preparations. While the increase in activity is aimed at successfully achieving differing mission objectives, the…

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Orion rallying call as EFT-1 closes in on T-12 months


NASA brought out the big guns this week to rally the Orion workforce with an address aimed at highlighting the “huge amount of progress” that has been made…

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Dual SLS launch campaign required for NASA’s Lunar return


A return to the surface of the Moon would require two Space Launch System (SLS) rockets launching over half a year apart, with a four person crew being…

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ULA point out their launch processing prowess


The United Launch Alliance (ULA) teams on both sides of the United States have successfully completed five major processing milestones within a period of eight days. Marking the…

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Orion successfully demonstrates safe landing under two parachutes


NASA’s Orion spacecraft successfully achieved a contingency landing scenario on Wednesday, returning under just two of its three parachutes. The test – conducted at the U.S. Army’s Yuma…