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Arianespace aiming to compete via efficiency before reusability


Space industry stalwart Arianespace believes it will continue to compete in the global launch services market by focusing on innovation and efficiency with its upcoming Ariane 6 and…

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DARPA pushing new effort with Experimental Spaceplane, XS-1


Citing increasing U.S. launch costs and the “fleeing” of commercial customers to foreign launch service providers, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is continuing to push a…

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Dream Chaser prepares for next free flight, ISS resupply aims


Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has successfully concluded the first of its CRS2 contract milestones, as it pushes towards missions – via the cargo version of the Dream Chaser…

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Orbital ATK order nine additional Cygnus PCMs for ISS CRS missions


The role of the Cygnus spacecraft in resupply missions to the International Space Station (ISS) saw its long term future gain a boost on Monday, with a contract agreement…

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Virgin Galactic preparing for busy LauncherOne future


While Virgin Galactic prepare to restart test operations with its SpaceShipTwo vehicle, the company has revealed an ambitious future for its LauncherOne system – including a home base…

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Blue Origin conducts fourth consecutive test flight of New Shepard


Blue Origin has conducted the fourth test of its New Shepard reusable rocket and Crew Capsule on Sunday in a flight that launched at 10:35 EDT (14:35 UTC)….

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Return of Antares expected to target August launch with OA-5 Cygnus


Orbital ATK’s continuing preparations to return its Antares rocket to flight operations has resulted in an updated preliminary launch date in the August timeframe. The launch – involving…

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ILS Proton M successfully launches Intelsat 31 despite underperformance


International Launch Services (ILS) has launched its Proton M rocket on Thursday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Russian workhorse – successfully lofted the Intelsat-31 communications satellite on…

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Second Starliner at KSC as Boeing outlines progress at Space Tech Expo


As construction on the second CST-100 Starliner for Boeing’s Commercial Crew Transportation initiative continues in the Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center, Boeing…

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Williams enters BEAM for expandable module milestone


NASA astronaut Jeff Williams has ingressed the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) on Monday, the first time an American has entered an inflatable module in space. The milestone…

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Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket completes static fire at MARS


Orbital ATK has conducted a crucial step in the return of its Antares rocket to flight operations later this year from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia. This…

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Orbital ATK unveils cislunar habitat plan, potential missions for SLS and Orion


Orbital ATK has unveiled preliminary plans to place a four-person habitat in cislunar space by 2020. The announcement during testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on…

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Starliner’s first complete hull mated at Kennedy; crew launch delayed to 2018


Boeing has completed a major milestone in their drive to help NASA regain domestic access to space with the mating of two critical portions of their CST-100 Starliner…

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Orbital ATK eye VAB and MLP for potential EELV-class rocket


Orbital ATK and NASA have entered into an agreement to begin negotiations over the potential use of High Bay 2 inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). The discussions,…

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BEAM installed on ISS following CRS-8 Dragon handover


The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) was finally installed on the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday. The Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) was involved with the…

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Delta IV-H WDR as ULA lines up its immediate and long-term goals


United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully conducted a Wet Dress Rehearsal (WDR) on Thursday for its Delta IV- Heavy tasked with the launch of the NROL-37 spacecraft. Meanwhile, the…

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55 years after Gagarin, ULA & Bigelow present commercial space stations


April 12, 1961: the USSR ushered in the era of human spaceflight with the launch of Yuri Gagarin on a single orbit flight of the Earth. Now 55…

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ULA and Bigelow announce partnership for first commercial space stations


United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Bigelow Aerospace have announced a partnership agreement to launch two of Bigelow’s inflatable B330 space habitats. The modules would be designed and built…

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ISS welcomes CRS-8 Dragon after flawless launch


For the first time in a year, the International Space Station has welcomed the arrival of a Dragon spacecraft from SpaceX following a flawless launch Friday afternoon from…

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SpaceX conducts Falcon 9 static fire ahead of CRS-8 mission


SpaceX has conducted a crucial static fire of their Falcon 9 rocket ahead of Dragon’s return to flight mission to the International Space Station. The company transported its…