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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…

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KSC constructing a “Launch Pad in a Box” at Pad 39B


The Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is constructing a Deployable Launch System (DLS), marked by work at the famous Pad 39B complex. Designed to support small class launch systems,…

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Dragon 2 conducts Pad Abort leap in key SpaceX test


SpaceX’s Dragon 2 test vehicle has conducted her maiden flight on Wednesday, leaping off a Cape Canaveral truss structure under the power of eight SuperDraco engines at 9am…

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Blue Origin’s New Shepard conducts maiden test flight


Blue Origin has conducted a test flight of its New Shepard suborbital system. Aimed at the space tourism market, the BE-3 engine-driven rocket lofted its capsule to Mach 3 and…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 lofts Turkmenistan’s first satellite


Making its second launch in less than a fortnight, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket carried Turkmenistan’s first satellite to orbit Monday evening following a liftoff from Cape Canaveral. The…

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SpaceX ready for another launch and key Commercial Crew test


SpaceX has conducted a Static Fire test on the next Falcon 9 rocket set to launch out of Florida, tasked with the lofting of the TurkmenistanSat spacecraft on…

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Fine-tuning Falcon 9 landing focuses on throttle valve response


SpaceX is getting ever closer to successfully returning the first stage of its Falcon 9 v1.1, with the latest attempt showing the effort is now focused on fine-tuning. The…

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CRS-6 Dragon successfully completes ISS berthing


While the internet community continues its fascination with the Falcon 9 First Stage landing attempt on the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS), SpaceX’s primary mission objective – the…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 launches CRS-6 Dragon en route to ISS


SpaceX successfully launched its seventh Dragon resupply mission en route to the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday, with the cargo craft lifting off from Cape Canaveral’s SLC-40…

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SpaceX conducts tanking test on In-Flight Abort Falcon 9


As preparations continue for next week’s Falcon 9 launch of the CRS-6 Dragon spacecraft from Cape Canaveral, SpaceX’s Vandenberg team has put the In-Flight abort booster through a…

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Pegasus celebrates quarter of a century milestone


In an era of new launch system development, Orbital ATK’s Pegasus has shown her staying power, passing the milestone of 25 years of operation. The air-launch system will…

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SpaceX preparing for a busy season of missions and test milestones


SpaceX is set for a salvo of events over the coming months, ranging from resupply runs to the International Space Station, to abort test objectives for its Dragon…

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NASA agrees to aid Dream Chaser development to CDR level


As was promised, NASA is not abandoning Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and its Dream Chaser vehicle, despite the spaceplane losing out on the lucrative Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) award…

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KSC Pads continue preparations for future vehicles


Both of the iconic pads at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) are being revamped for their roles with new launch vehicles. Pad 39B is set to receive additional Catacomb…

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Spaceport America set for SpaceX reusability testing


SpaceX’s reusability aspirations will receive further testing at Spaceport America, in the shape of the first successfully recovered Falcon 9 first stage. The New Mexico spaceport will host…

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Commercial crew demo missions manifested for Dragon 2 and CST-100


Mission planners at NASA have installed four Commercial Crew demonstration missions into the International Space Station (ISS) manifest. Both SpaceX’s Dragon 2 (V2) and Boeing’s CST-100 will conduct…

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NASA lines up four additional CRS missions for Dragon and Cygnus


Updates to master planning schedules have revealed NASA’s intention to add four more Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) mission. The Flight Planning Integration Panel (FPIP) team have set placeholders…

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Falcon Heavy into production as Pad 39A HIF rises out of the ground


SpaceX’s new rocket system, the Falcon Heavy, is continuing preparations for her 2015 debut, with work taking place around the country. Modifications to Pad 39A at Kennedy Space…