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Atlas V opens 2016 campaign with successful GPS IIF-12 launch


United Launch Alliance successfully launched its Atlas V carrying the twelfth and final Block IIF GPS satellite Friday. Flying from Cape Canaveral, the rocket lifted off – despite…

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Russian duo successfully complete ISS EVA – US suit investigation continues


Expedition 46 duo Yuri Malenchenko and Sergey Volkov have completed a highly successful Russian EVA-42 on Wednesday, involving the deployment and retrieval of several experiment packages on the…

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EM-1 Orion pressure vessel arrives at KSC


One of the major milestones for Exploration Mission -1 (EM-1) was completed on Monday with the arrival of Orion’s Pressure Vessel at the launch site. The capsule hardware…

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U.S. debates Atlas V RD-180 engine ban, ULA’s non-bid for military launch


The U.S. Congress is debating the reinstatement of a purchasing ban on Russian RD-180 engines – the heart of the Atlas V core stage.  Congress lifted that ban in…

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The Challenger seven remembered 30 years after STS-51L


Today marks the 30th anniversary of the loss of the Space Shuttle Challenger and her seven crewmembers in the skies over Florida. As the world memorializes the tragic event of January 28, 1986,…

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SLS engines prepare for Stennis tests – AR affordability focus for new RS-25s


RS-25 Engine 2059 – a veteran of five Shuttle missions – is scheduled to begin static fire testing at the end of February, initiating a test series on…

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Blue Origin conduct successful reuse test with New Shepard


Blue Origin achieved another milestone on Friday, successfully flying – and landing – the New Shepard rocket in a reuse test. The rocket had previously flown – and…

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Orbital ATK ready for Antares’ second life


Orbital ATK managers have finalized their procedures related to the newly upgraded Antares launch vehicle in readiness for upcoming missions to help deliver their Cygnus spacecraft on resupply…

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NASA facilities, teams ramp up SLS flight production for 2018 maiden flight


NASA is ramping up production of hardware and flight elements for the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, set to make its debut flight in 2018, as various construction…

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Final SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 successfully launches Jason-3


SpaceX launched an international ocean research mission Sunday via its Falcon 9 rocket, the final F9 to fly in the v1.1 configuration. Flying from Vandenberg Air Force Base,…

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SpaceX fire up returned Falcon 9 first stage at SLC-40


SpaceX achieved another milestone on Friday when it conducted a Static Fire test on the Falcon 9 first stage that recently launched and returned during its role with…

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Astronauts repair ISS power Channel – first spacewalk for UK ends early


A pair of astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) conducted a shortened spacewalk to replace a failed electrical component, in order to restore the station to its…

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NASA awards CRS2 contracts to SpaceX, Orbital ATK, and Sierra Nevada


NASA has announced the contract award winners for the Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) phase of the agency’s ongoing partnership with commercial companies for cargo resupply of the International…

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U.S. Presidential candidates weigh in on space program


The 2016 United States Presidential primary races will see their first round of voting on February 1st when the Iowa Caucuses allow voters to make their first official…

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KSC meeting portrays SLS as scrambling for a manifest plan


An “All-Hands” style meeting was held in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on Monday, overviewing the spaceport’s current and future initiatives. During…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 conducts static fire test ahead of Jason-3 mission


SpaceX rolled out its Falcon 9 rocket for a static fire that was conducted on Monday at the company’s west coast launch facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base,…

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Atlas V and Starliner to conduct dry tests ahead of launch


Boeing and United Launch Alliance (ULA) are continuing preparations ahead of Atlas V launches with the Starliner spacecraft. Formerly known as the CST-100, the spacecraft is scheduled to…

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NASA defends decision to restart RS-25 production, rejects alternatives


NASA has issued a lengthy explanation behind the decision to contract Aerojet Rocketdyne to restart production of the RS-25 engine, mainly centering on the claim it is less…

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Orbital ATK prepares for OA-6 Cygnus prior to Antares return


While the OA-4 Cygnus enjoys the berthed phase of her mission, Orbital ATK managers are already deep into parallel planning work with the Cygnus cargo resupply flight. The…

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Year In Review, Part 4: SpaceX and Orbital ATK recover and succeed in 2015


For the two commercial companies contracted with NASA for cargo resupply of the International Space Station, 2015 could have been a year marked entirely by the risk that eventually…