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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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ULA Atlas V conducts X-37B spaceplane launch


The US Air Force’s X-37B spaceplane began its fourth mission Wednesday, lifting off atop United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket to begin a classified mission for Air Force…

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ISS enjoys a reboost after Progress M-26M initially misbehaves


The orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) has been successfully reboosted by the Progress M-26M cargo vehicle on Monday, after aborting the first attempt. The initial reboost attempt…

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Working the paper trail – SLS team processing thousands of CDR documents


The Critical Design Review (CDR) for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) is underway, with managers and engineers wading through huge piles of documentation. The process is expected to…

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QM-1 examinations boost as QM-2 prepares for casting


Orbital ATK engineers have concluded a thorough examination of the Qualification Motor -1 (QM-1) following its Static Fire test in March. The motor performed as expected, providing a…

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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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Progress M-27M re-enters over the Pacific as Russia evaluates schedule


The doomed Progress M-27M resupply ship has met its fiery demise on Thursday night, following its problematic launch last week. In reaction to the loss, Russian planners are…

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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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EFT-1 Orion inspections provide vital MMOD information


A forensic level investigation into the condition of the Thermal Protection System (TPS) on the Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) Orion has evaluated the level of MicroMeteoroid and…

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Stricken Progress M-27M spotted by ISS – Entry path under evaluation


As the Russians continue their evaluations into the failure of the Progress M27-M mission, the resupply vehicle has been spotted passing the International Space Station (ISS). The vehicle…

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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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Evaluating NASA’s Futuristic EM Drive


A group at NASA’s Johnson Space Center has successfully tested an electromagnetic (EM) propulsion drive in a vacuum – a major breakthrough for a multi-year international effort comprising…

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Russian Progress M-27M lost in space


A Russian Soyuz 2-1A rocket lofted the latest Progress resupply vehicle (M-27M) for what was supposed to be a fast rendezvous trip to the International Space Station (ISS)….

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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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Hubble anniversary honors Shuttle’s important legacy


The Space Shuttle achieved many historic milestones during its 30 year career, with Friday marking one of the more famous – the 25th anniversary of Discovery launch with 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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Asteroid Redirect Mission to lay the technology foundations for deep space


In the face of political uncertainty and public apathy, NASA is beginning to push the case for the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM). The points of the Agency’s latest overview…

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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…