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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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Ariane 5 launches DirecTV-15 and SKY Mexico-1


Arianespace has lofted another pair of satellites into space on Wednesday, with DirecTV-15 and SKY Mexico-1 set enjoying a ride uphill on the Ariane 5 rocket. Launch from…

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Ariane 5 conducts dual launch with Thor 7 and SICRAL 2


An Ariane 5 ECA was back in action on Sunday evening, lofting another pair of satellites into space. Thor 7 and SICRAL 2 rode uphill on the Arianespace workhorse…

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Satellites Supply Line – Sending spacecraft to Kourou


Two more satellites destined for a ride into space have completed assembly ahead of being lofted by Arianespace rockets. Europe’s Sentinel-2A was transported by truck from IABG’s facilities to Munich…

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Arianespace Soyuz ST-B conducts launch of Galileo duo


An Arianespace Soyuz ST-B has successfully launched another pair of Galileo satellites from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on Friday. The lofting of the FM03 and FM04 satellites…

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IXV’s Pride: Europe’s spaceplane homecoming prelude to future goals


ESA’s Intermediate Experimental Vehicle (IXV) is now enjoying the final leg of her mission, onboard the Nos Aries recovery ship. The vehicle – part of ESA’s future spaceplane aspirations…

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Europe’s final ATV cargo vehicle completes mission


Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5, the Georges Lemaître) departed from the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday morning, ahead of a destructive re-entry that was conduted on Sunday….

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Thor 7 ready to ship ahead of Ariane 5 launch


The impressive Thor 7 satellite will set sail for French Guiana next week, following the completion of its manufacture and testing at Space Systems/Loral (SSL). Designed and built for…

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Vega rocket launches IXV spaceplane – Mission Complete


The European Space Agency is flying a reentry demonstration mission Wednesday with its Intermediate Experimental Vehicle (IXV). Boosted by Europe’s lightweight Vega rocket, the IXV flew a suborbital…

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Europe’s spaceplane on a trajectory for February launch


ESA’s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) spaceplane is finally into its final processing flow towards launch, following the loading of propellants and work to encapsulate the vehicle inside its payload…

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Arianespace Soyuz ST-B successfully launches four O3b satellites


The Arianespace Soyuz ST-B rocket has launched her mission to loft four O3b communication satellites into orbit on Thursday. The spacecraft are heading to a constellation that is…

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Ariane 5 successfully conducts dual launch out of Kourou


An Ariane 5 ECA launched on Saturday evening, lofting two satellites into space. DIRECTV-14 and GSAT-16 rode uphill on the Arianespace workhorse out of the European Spaceport in Kourou, French…

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Philae wins battle to send key data ahead battery depletion


ESA’s Philae lander battled against the odds on Friday, transmitting key scientific data before its batteries were depleted. Due to the unplanned location – following a couple of…

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Ariane 5 launches with Optus 10 and MEASAT-3b


An Ariane 5 ECA has successfully launched two telecommunication satellites on Thursday. Optus 10 and MEASAT-3b both rode uphill on the Arianespace workhorse out of the European Spaceport in Kourou,…

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Arianespace Soyuz ST-B in troubling Galileo launch


An Arianespace Soyuz ST-B launched two Galileo satellites from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on Friday. However, the lofting of the two FOC-M1 (FM01 and FM02) satellites –…

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Europe’s ATV-5 completes docking swansong with the ISS


The European Space Agency (ESA) ATV-5 has completed her final ever docking to the International Space Station (ISS). The “Georges Lemaître” is conducting an essential cargo run to…

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Rosetta completes amazing journey to Comet 67P


The European Space Agency (ESA) spacecraft Rosetta – and her robotic lander companion Philae – have completed an amazing 10 year journey to arrive in orbit around Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Rosetta…

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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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Arianespace Soyuz ST-B successfully launches four O3b satellites


An Arianespace Soyuz ST-B successfully lofted four O3b satellites from the Kourou Spaceport in French Guiana on Thursday – following launch at 18:55 GMT. This mission was part…

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ESA’s experimental space plane gearing up for November debut


The European Space Agency (ESA) Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) is enjoying a stay in Holland ahead of being shipped to Kourou, French Guiana to meet up with her Vega launch…