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NASA approves SpaceX path towards crewed Dragon debut


NASA has approved SpaceX’s first Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) milestone. Known as the Certification Baseline Review, the milestone covers SpaceX’s plans for the design, manufacture, integration, launch…

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SpaceX confirms CRS-5 launch slip to January 6


The next Falcon 9 v1.1 set to launch out of Florida’s Cape Canaveral has been rescheduled for January 6. The original plan was to launch the rocket on Friday,…

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NASA evaluting modified Shuttle ACES for Asteroid EVA


NASA experts are evaluating the use of a modified version of the famous Space Shuttle launch and entry suit – or Advanced Crew Escape Suit (ACES) – for…

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Atlas V launches NROL-35 out of Vandenberg


United Launch Alliance has conducted its final launch of 2014, making use of a new upper stage engine on its Atlas V rocket to deliver a National Reconnaissance…

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EFT-1 Orion set for Christmas return to Florida


Following the 20,000+ mph return of the Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) Orion last week, the spacecraft is enjoying a more leisurely series of transits. After completing the ride…

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Return to Wallops: New Antares set for late 2015 hot fire


Repairs to the Antares launch facility at Wallops Flight Facility are expected to be completed within 12 months, in time for the return of the Orbital rocket –…

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EFT-1 Orion completes historic mission


For the first time since 1981 NASA test flew a new vehicle designed to carry astronauts into space. The unmanned Exploration Flight Test 1 mission, the maiden flight…

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Japanese H-IIA kicks off Hayabusa 2’s asteroid mission


Japan has successfully launched the second sample return mission to an asteroid, with a JAXA H-IIA rocket carrying the Hayabusa 2 probe into orbit on the first leg…

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Josh Byerly shares his experiences on being a voice for NASA


Former NASA Public Affairs Officer (PAO) Josh Byerly has talked openly about the public and private process of providing live, continuous, and accurate commentary of high-pressure moments in…

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Orion’s crewed asteroid mission unlikely to occur prior to 2024


The proposed mission to send two astronauts to a captured asteroid near the Moon won’t occur until the middle of the next decade, according to an overview provided to NASA’s Aerospace Safety…

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SNC, Stratolaunch expand on proposed Dream Chaser flights


As Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) continues forward with efforts to develop numerous mission scenarios for its Dream Chaser space plane, a study – in collaboration with Stratolaunch Systems – expands…

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SpaceX’s Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship ready for action


The mystery behind the “floating platform” – set to welcome home a returning Falcon 9 v1.1 first stage – has been solved via a series of fascinating comments…

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The Singing Soyuz: TMA-15M crew arrive at the ISS


Another three crewmembers have competed a fast rendezvous trip to the International Space Station on Sunday. Terry Virts of NASA, Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos and a tuneful Samantha…

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US Navy ready to support EFT-1 Orion’s splashdown


While public attention is focused on the upcoming launch of the Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) Orion, the US Navy is preparing for the spacecraft’s splashdown at the…

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CRS-5 Dragon ISS mission aiming for December 16 target


NASA has confirmed a December 16 placeholder for the Falcon 9 v1.1 launch of the CRS-5/SpX-5 Dragon mission to the International Space Station (ISS). This latest mission will…

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Pad 39A – SpaceX laying the groundwork for Falcon Heavy debut


SpaceX has confirmed it is now into the construction phase of converting Kennedy Space Center’s Pad 39A for its Falcon Heavy debut, with a large amount of work…

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Philae wins battle to send key data ahead battery depletion


ESA’s Philae lander battled against the odds on Friday, transmitting key scientific data before its batteries were depleted. Due to the unplanned location – following a couple of…

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ATV-5 helps ISS dodge Chinese space debris


Europe’s ATV-5 cargo ship helped ‘shove’ the International Space Station (ISS) out of the path of a piece of space debris this week. The Pre-Determined Debris Avoidance Maneuver (PDAM)…

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Rosetta’s Philae completes historic comet landing


ESA’s Rosetta – and her companion spacecraft – Philae – parted ways on Wednesday, ahead of a historic landing on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Philae conducted the journey…

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EFT-1 Orion rolls out to greet her Delta IV-H rocket


The Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) Orion has taken her final journey on terra firma, following rollout to the Delta IV-Heavy that is tasked with lofting her on…