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SLS engine fired up following previous aborted test


The NASA, Aerojet Rocketdyne, and Syncom Space Services team at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi have conducted a “make-up” hot-fire test of a development RS-25 engine (E0528) on…

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SpaceX test fires returned Falcon 9 booster at McGregor


A returned Falcon 9 first stage has been test fired at SpaceX’s McGregor test center, in what is the start of a series of firings. F9-S1-0024 returned home…

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Atlas V successfully launches NROL-61 reconnaissance satellite


United Launch Alliance successfully launched a satellite for the US National Reconnaissance Office Thursday aboard an Atlas V rocket. Liftoff for the mission designated NRO Launch 61, or…

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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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NASA prepares for first-ever in-space DNA sequencing experiment


With the arrival of the SpaceX CRS-9 mission to the Space Station Wednesday morning, the first-ever in-space DNA sequencer experiment has arrived at the international orbiting lab. The…

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SLS Launch Director outlines the NASA’s big rocket countdown plan


With just over two years to go until the rocket’s maiden launch, Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, NASA’s launch director for the first Space Launch System (SLS) mission, has provided an…

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CRS-9 Dragon completes journey to the Space Station


After just over two days of orbital rendezvous activities, SpaceX’s Dragon capsule has completed rendezvous and proximity operations with the International Space Station (ISS) ahead of being grappled…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 lofts CRS-9 Dragon launch and achieves LZ-1 landing


SpaceX has launched its Falcon 9 rocket early on Monday, carrying the CRS-9 Dragon spacecraft bound for the International Space Station (ISS) with a cargo of supplies for…

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SpaceX conducts static fire Falcon 9 rocket ahead of CRS-9 launch


SpaceX has conducted a critical test firing of all nine core stage engines of its Falcon 9 rocket ahead of an early-Monday/late-Sunday scheduled launch of the CRS-9 cargo…

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Engine 0528 begins RS-25 testing for SLS – suffers early shutdown


The latest RS-25 test at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi – aimed at continuing the certification effort to adapt the Space Shuttle era cryogenic rocket engine for…

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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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Station crew arrives at the ISS via Soyuz MS-01


Roscosmos has successfully sent its newly upgraded Soyuz MS series vehicle – and three crew members – to the International Space Station.  The three crew members from three…

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SLS Mission Trajectory – Mike Sarafin outlines the ride uphill for EM-1


NASA managers are closing in on a mission trajectory plan for the new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that is set to debut in 2018. Mike Sarafin, NASA’s mission…

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Juno successfully completes orbital insertion burn to arrive at Jupiter


After a near five year cruise through the solar system, NASA’s Juno spacecraft has become the second craft to permanently enter orbit of the largest planet in our…

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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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QM-2: Orbital ATK fires up SLS booster for final qualification test


Orbital ATK and NASA have conducted the last planned full-scale Space Launch System (SLS) solid rocket booster test firing prior to the first SLS launch in 2018. The…

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China successfully debuts Long March 7 – Recovers capsule


The Chinese conducted the maiden launch of the Long March 7 rocket on Saturday. The launch took place at 12:00 UTC, which also involved the inauguration of is…

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ULA Atlas V successfully launches with MUOS-5 for the US Navy


United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket has completed the US Navy’s Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) constellation Friday, following the launch of the fifth and final first-generation satellite…