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CRS-9 Dragon prepares for homecoming to conclude successful mission


SpaceX’s CRS-9 Dragon spacecraft is preparing to depart from the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, following a highly successful Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) mission to the orbital…

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SLS Program working overtime to make 2018 debut


Exploration Systems Development (ESD) Deputy Associate Administrator Bill Hill explained plans to mitigate flow concerns – such as recent adjustments to the Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage…

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NASA classes MMOD as primary threat to commercial crew vehicles


NASA has claimed the threat of MicroMeteoroid and Orbital Debris (MMOD) – small pieces of space debris capable of punching bullet hole wounds into spacecraft – is the…

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Spacewalk installs docking adapter to ready ISS for commercial crew


The International Space Station (ISS) has finally received a new docking adapter on Friday, which will enable the orbital outpost to welcome the first of a new generation…

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RS-25 fires up again in latest SLS engine test


The latest static fire test of the development RS-25 engine (E0528) has taken place at the Stennis Space Center. The test is part of a series aimed at validating…

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By sea, land and space – Busy week for SpaceX hardware


As the landed booster from the JCSAT-16 mission sailed into Port Canaveral on Wednesday, the next first stage – set to launch September’s Amos-6 mission – is expected…

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SLS critical flight paths refined for 2018 debut; thrust profiles updated


NASA’s Exploration Systems Development office has completed its review of progress to date as well as forward path activity on the development of the Space Launch System (SLS)…

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SpaceX launches second JCSAT mission via Falcon 9


SpaceX launched Japan’s JCSAT-16 communications satellite in the early hours of Sunday via a Falcon 9 rocket, with lift off occurring from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral at the…

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QM-2 booster pulled apart for examination as SLS pair continue to take shape


With a series of successful test firings completed by Orbital ATK, engineers are gaining confidence in how their five segment boosters will perform in their role in helping…

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SpaceX conducts static fire test on JCSAT-16’s Falcon 9


Preparations for SpaceX’s next launch completed a major milestone late on Wednesday, via the Static Fire test of the Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral’s SLC-40 pad. This latest…

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Pad hardware changes preview new era for Space Coast


Ongoing work at the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral is continuing to lay the groundwork to once again launch American astronauts from home soil. While the huge…

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NASA exploration focuses on Deep Space Hab systems and crew health


As part of its comprehensive review to the NASA Advisory Council, the US space agency has presented its review of progress on the development of a Deep Space…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets preparing for JCSAT-16 and Amos-6 launches


SpaceX is lining up its next two missions, with Falcon 9 hardware currently in pre-launch preparations for launch. In Florida, the Falcon 9 tasked with the JCSAT-16 launch…

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NASA positive over synergistic approach for Dream Chaser goals


SNC’s Dream Chaser crew vehicle is preparing for another California adventure, highlighted by a second free flight, approach and landing test in December. Although she was rejected by…

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NASA updates status and timetable of ambitious Asteroid Redirect Mission


NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) standing committee has presented the NASA Advisory Council with a status update regarding the agency’s direction and execution of the upcoming Asteroid…

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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…