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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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Orbital ATK make progress toward Return To Flight of Antares rocket


Following the loss of the CRS-3 resupply mission last October, Orbital ATK has made steady progress in repairing and rebuilding their ground facilities at Wallops and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. Despite…

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Boeing’s CST-100: Progress to Commercial Crew and funding uncertainties


Boeing has successfully completed numerous critical milestones in the first half of 2015 for their CST-100 capsule and commercial crew launch services plan for NASA as the aerospace company continues on its intricate…

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Cygnus set for December Atlas V ride ahead of Antares return


Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft is set to return to International Space Station (ISS) resupply duties in December, hitching a ride on an Atlas V, prior to resuming operations…

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Suffredini leaves NASA – $490m heads to Roscosmos


The International Space Station (ISS) Program has named Kirk Shireman as its new manager, following the departure of Mike Suffredini. The news came hours after NASA administrator Charlie Bolden…

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RUAG to establish composites production capability at ULA


Swiss company RUAG will be setting up base at United Launch Alliance’s Decatur facility in Alabama, following a deal to further strengthen their cooperation. RUAG are best known…

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NTSB SpaceShipTwo findings will serve to strengthen our resolve – Branson


The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has provided details into the probable cause of the SpaceShipTwo failure during last year’s test flight. The investigation found co-pilot error and…

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Saving Spaceship Dragon – Software to provide contingency chute deploy


SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk has ordered the installation of contingency abort software into all future Dragon cargo spacecraft, providing them with an option to deploy…

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SpaceX working toward Falcon 9 diagnosis ahead of treatment


SpaceX is deep into an internal mishap investigation following the loss during First Stage flight of a Falcon 9 rocket with the CRS-7 Dragon. While the Second Stage is considered to be the main…

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 fails during launch following second stage issue


SpaceX launched its eighth Dragon resupply mission, on a flight that was scheduled to loft cargo to the International Space Station – along with a docking adaptor for…

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SpaceX conducts Falcon 9 Static Fire ahead of key ISS mission


SpaceX has conducted a Static Fire of its Falcon 9 v1.1 on Friday, a key milestone ahead of Sunday’s planned launch of the CRS-7/SpX-7 Dragon to the International…

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World launch markets look toward rocket reusability


What was once thought to be a pipe dream of having a reusable system of rocket and rocket components to reduce the overall cost of spaceflight is now…

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SpaceX Augments and Upgrades Drone Ship Armada


SpaceX’s aspirations towards recovering launched Falcon 9 first stages are continuing to focus on ocean based landings, ahead of realizing the goal of returning the cores back to…

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ASAP on board with Commercial Crew’s diversified portfolio


NASA’s key advisory body has heaped praise on the Agency’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP), claiming the “diversified portfolio” of its two major partners will satisfy the requirements of…

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USA’s next generation weather sentinel completes assembly


The first of four next-generation weather satellites has completed assembly at Lockheed Martin. The new Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite “GOES-R” will launch atop an Atlas V rocket in…

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NASA evaluating CCP Loss Of Crew and Mishap procedures


NASA’s transition from the Space Shuttle to the commercial crew vehicles will dramatically improve crew safety parameters relating to the transportation of astronauts to the International Space Station…

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ISS relocates PMM in reconfiguration for future crew vehicles


Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and their supporting ground teams have begun the process of reconfiguring the station from its current Space Shuttle-optimised configuration, to a…

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Space Coast Pads transitioning for the new era


Physical changes to a number of historic pads located on Florida’s Space Coast are progressing apace, with Cape Canaveral’s SLC-41 now enjoying modification work to prepare it for…

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SpaceX Dragon completes CRS-6 mission with splashdown


SpaceX’s CRS-6 Dragon unberthed from the International Space Station (ISS) and was released from the grip of the Station’s “Big Arm” on Thursday. The resupply ship then completed…

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Falcon Heavy enabler for Dragon solar system explorer


SpaceX head Elon Musk has revealed plans to utilize the Falcon Heavy and Dragon 2 vehicles for science missions throughout the solar system. Citing Dragon 2’s capability as…