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SpaceX realigning for Sunday morning CRS-4 mission


SpaceX is realigning for a Sunday morning attempt to launch the second Dragon mission of 2014, with a Falcon 9 v1.1 tasked with launching the cargo spacecraft into…

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Dream Chaser misses out on CCtCAP – Dragon and CST-100 win through


Just weeks ago, it was widely believed both SpaceX’s Dragon V2 and SNC’s Dream Chaser spacecraft were likely to progress into the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) phase of…

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ULA Atlas V successfully launches secretive CLIO mission


United Launch Alliance launched an Atlas V rocket Tuesday evening, carrying into orbit a classified payload called CLIO for an undisclosed agency of the United States government. The…

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ATK making progress on SRB propellant void issue


A year after discovering small voids between the solid propellant and the outer casing of the aft segment of a test motor for the massive 5-segment SRBs for NASA’s upcoming…

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Michoud proudly reveal monster welder for SLS cores


The Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) is continuing its lengthy transition towards its new flagship role, marked by ribbon cutting event on Friday for a huge tool that will…

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Soyuz TMA-12M returns ISS trio to Earth – Dragon up next


Expedition 40 commander Steven Swanson, along with cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev, have returned to Earth in their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft on Wednesday. The trio undocked from…

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EFT-1 Orion completes outfitting, ready for fueling


NASA’s first space-worthy Orion spacecraft is preparing for her next key milestone in the flow towards December’s Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) mission. The completed Orion, now stacked…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 launches ASIASAT-6 mission


SpaceX has conducted its second mission for China’s Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Sunday, with a Falcon 9 launching the AsiaSat-6 satellite into a geosynchronous transfer orbit. Liftoff occurred…

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ISS teams evaluate MMOD strike on Cupola window


A MicroMeteoroid and Orbital Debris (MMOD) strike on the Number 2 window of the International Space Station’s Cupola module appears to be contained within the debris pane, following evaluations…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 realigns for weekend launch of ASIASAT-6


SpaceX appears to have completed an evaluation into potential commonality between a failure on a test vehicle and its Falcon 9 fleet, following its now-approved request to the…

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Curiosity EDL data to provide 2020 Mars Rover with super landing skills


Lessons learned from the impressive Entry Descent and Landing (EDL) of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) are set to provide the next NASA Rover with improved landing skills….

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Battle of the Heavyweight Rockets – SLS could face Exploration Class rival


With the recent announcement the Space Launch System (SLS) has become challenged by her schedule, the NASA rocket may soon find herself in a battle with a commercial “alternative”….

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Dragon V2 will initially rely on parachute landings


SpaceX’s Commercial Crew contender, the Dragon V2, will initially return to terra firma under parachutes, assisted by a SuperDraco soft touchdown firing, according to Dragon V2 Program Lead Dr. Garrett…

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SpaceX makes late call to delay ASIASAT-6 launch


SpaceX has delayed the launch of its latest Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket – tasked with lofting the ASIASAT-6 satellite into orbit – for one to two weeks. The…

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Earth’s Deep Space explorers – Global fleet hitting milestones


Deep Space spacecraft from the USA, Europe and India are all pressing through their mission milestones. India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is less than a month away from…

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Eventful Friday for SpaceX amid Static Fire and Test Failure


SpaceX has had a dramatic end to the week, with a successful Static Fire test of their Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket at Cape Canaveral, concluded just hours after…

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Arianespace Soyuz ST-B in troubling Galileo launch


An Arianespace Soyuz ST-B launched two Galileo satellites from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on Friday. However, the lofting of the two FOC-M1 (FM01 and FM02) satellites –…

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SLS searching for missions to solve flight rate dilemma


Space Launch System (SLS) managers are continuing to look at potential – and as yet unfunded – science missions to provide their monster rocket with a viable number…

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CCtCap: NASA won’t abandon Commercial Crew loser


As NASA closes in on the next major milestone of its Commercial Crew Program (CCP), the Agency has noted its desire to continue the “sharing of knowledge” with…

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Orbital’s Cygnus re-enters to complete successful mission


Orbital’s CRS-2/ORB-2 spacecraft has completed her successful mission to the International Space Station (ISS), following unberthing on Friday. The vehicle then spent two days on orbit prior to…