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SNC reveals the DC4Science Dream Chaser variant


Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is continuing to realign its Dream Chaser spacecraft’s aspirations, after losing out on future Commercial Crew Program funding from NASA. The company announced the Dream…

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China launches lunar sample return test mission


The Chinese have launched the third phase of its lunar exploration program on Thursday. Launch of the Chang’e-5-T1 mission took place at 1800UTC, utilizing a Long March-3C/G2 launch…

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Russian EVA-40 concludes final ISS spacewalk of 2014


Following two successful US EVA that, among other tasks, saw the failed ammonia Pump Module relocation and Sequential Shunt Unit (SSU) changeout, the Russian members of the Expedition…

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Third X-37B returns home after nearly two years in space


The third X-37B mission concluded on Friday, with the spaceplane finally making her return back to Earth after nearly two years in space. The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle…

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American duo complete EVA to prepare ISS for commercial crew


Two US astronauts enjoyed a busy day outside the International Space Station (ISS), conducting the second of two recent spacewalks, replacing failed components and beginning the process of…

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EFT-1 to boost ATK Launch Abort System test path


ATK’s Launch Abort System (LAS) – a key element for crew safety during the ride uphill on the Space Launch System and Orion – continues to make good…

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NASA lines up Exploration Upper Stage workhorse for SLS


The powerful Exploration Upper Stage (EUS) has taken another step forward, following NASA’s request to industry to provide evaluations and costings into engine options. Four engines are expected…

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KSC continuing its spaceport transition for the new era


It’s been over three years since the world famous Kennedy Space Center (KSC) last felt the rumble of a launch from within its grounds. However, the spaceport hasn’t fallen…

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Cygnus sets date for next ISS mission – Castor XL ready for debut


Orbital’s Cygnus spacecraft will begin her latest trip to the International Space Station (ISS) on October 24, atop of the Antares carrier rocket – the rocket’s fifth launch…

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EVA-27: Astronaut duo complete US spacewalk outside ISS


Astronauts Reid Wiseman of NASA and Alexander Gerst of ESA have successfully completed what was the first US EVA of the year on Tuesday. The pair outside performed…

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ArSat-1: Argentina to communicate its heightened space ambitions


An Ariane 5 is set to launch the first satellite of a very ambitious program to develop indigenous technological and development capabilities for Argentina. The October 15 launch…

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Orion EFT-1 mission enters pad flow milestones


Years in the planning, and NASA’s first step toward returning humans to deep space exploration, Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) is now into the business end of launch…

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Dream Chaser eyes rides on under review Stratolaunch system


Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser – currently fighting for her future in NASA’s Commercial Crew Program – may join forces with Stratolaunch System’s air launch architecture, which is currently…

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SLS engine testing delayed due to test stand contamination


The return of RS-25 engine testing at the Stennis Space Center has been delayed, following the discovery of a contamination issue involving cloth fibers inside the A-1 test…

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Dream Chaser shows her fight – SNC protest CCtCap decision


Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has confirmed it will protest NASA’s Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract award decision. While the protest is ongoing, the spaceplane will continue her…

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Soyuz TMA-14M docks with ISS following array issue


Three more crewmembers have completed a fast rendezvous trip to the International Space Station on Thursday. Commander Alexander Samokutyaev – along with NASA Flight Engineer Barry Wilmore and Elena…

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India’s MOM spacecraft arrives at Mars


After a journey of over 10 months, India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) arrived at Mars on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 – following an insertion burn that was confirmed…

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SpaceX’s CRS-4 Dragon completes Tuesday arrival at ISS


The latest SpaceX Dragon – and her crew of “Mousetronauts” – arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday. The orbital ballet between the giant orbital outpost…

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MAVEN arrives at Mars for atmospheric study mission


After a 10 month journey between planets, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft has arrived at the Mars on Sunday, 21 September 2014 for a mission dedicated to detailed exploration of the Martian…

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SpaceX conducts Sunday morning CRS-4 Dragon launch


SpaceX has launched the second Dragon mission of 2014, with a Falcon 9 v1.1 lofting the cargo spacecraft into orbit on a resupply mission to the International Space…