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Russian Progress M-28M launches on critical ISS cargo run


A Russian Soyuz-U launch vehicle has lofted the Russian Progress M-28M cargo ship on a critical resupply run to the International Space Station (ISS). The mission returned the…

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NASA told to resolve SLS Upper Stage dilemma


NASA officials have admitted the interim Upper Stage for the Space Launch System is at the top of their “worry list”, as the Agency’s key advisory group insists…

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 fails during launch following second stage issue


SpaceX launched its eighth Dragon resupply mission, on a flight that was scheduled to loft cargo to the International Space Station – along with a docking adaptor for…

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SpaceX conducts Falcon 9 Static Fire ahead of key ISS mission


SpaceX has conducted a Static Fire of its Falcon 9 v1.1 on Friday, a key milestone ahead of Sunday’s planned launch of the CRS-7/SpX-7 Dragon to the International…

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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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Soyuz 2-1B launches third Persona-1 spy satellite


A Russian Soyuz 2-1B launch vehicle has successfully launched with the third and possibly final Persona-1 reconnaissance satellite – also known as Kvarts – into space on Tuesday. The…

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Vega successfully launches Sentinel-2A mission


Arianespace’s Vega rocket successfully completed her fifth launch, this time lofting the Sentinel-2A satellite – the latest spacecraft in Europe’s series of Earth observation satellites for the Copernicus…

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Plum Brook prepped for EM-1 Orion Service Module testing


Testing of Orion’s Service Module will be conducted at NASA Glenn’s Plum Brook Station this year in preparation for Exploration Mission -1 (EM-1). The Service Module is being…

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SpaceX Augments and Upgrades Drone Ship Armada


SpaceX’s aspirations towards recovering launched Falcon 9 first stages are continuing to focus on ocean based landings, ahead of realizing the goal of returning the cores back to…

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Available to Rent: One VAB High Bay, three Mobile Launcher Platforms


The Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is continuing its drive to attract new commercial partners by offering the use of a High Bay inside the famous Vehicle Assembly Building…

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TRMM spacecraft completes destructive re-entry over South Indian Ocean


A long-serving Earth observation satellite has succumb to a fiery demise via an uncontrolled destructive re-entry on Tuesday. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) spacecraft – a joint mission…

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Philae awakes from comet slumber ready to return to work


European scientists have confirmed their brave little lander Philae has managed to regain communications with its Rosetta mothership. The lander had been in hibernation after its sporty landing…

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Stennis fires up RS-25 engine as Shuttle veterans prepare for SLS role


With three years to go until the debut launch of the Space Launch System (SLS), RS-25 engine E0525 conducted its third SLS-related firing this week, part of a…

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Station trio return home on Soyuz TMA-15M


NASA’s Terry Virts, Samantha Cristoforetti of ESA and Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos have returned home on their Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft following undocking from the International Space Station on…

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ASAP on board with Commercial Crew’s diversified portfolio


NASA’s key advisory body has heaped praise on the Agency’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP), claiming the “diversified portfolio” of its two major partners will satisfy the requirements of…

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ISS dodges Minotaur debris via PDAM


The International Space Station (ISS) conducted a Pre-Determined Debris Avoidance Maneuver (PDAM) on Monday, dodging part of a spent Minotaur rocket body. The space shove was provided by the…

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LDSD test of Mars landing technology suffers chute failure


NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project conducted its second test on Monday – a major demonstration of technology that is being baselined into NASA’s ambitions for landing payloads…

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NASA looks to in-situ resource use for deep space missions and crews


NASA is exploring a shift toward the development of technologies for In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) – a development that could allow crews to make use of natural resources…

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USA’s next generation weather sentinel completes assembly


The first of four next-generation weather satellites has completed assembly at Lockheed Martin. The new Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite “GOES-R” will launch atop an Atlas V rocket in…

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Heritage hardware: Testing the hydrogen burn off system for SLS


As NASA continues development of its new heavy lift Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, testing of the vehicle’s various launch support systems, including the all-important hydrogen burn-off system,…