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Falcon 9 launches with JCSAT-14 – lands another stage


Making its fourth flight of the year, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket has deployed the JCSAT-14 communications satellite Friday. The mission, which included another – and successful – experimental…

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SpaceX looks to future with new pad, USAF contract, and boost for Falcon


Following a banner week for what was once the new kid on the block, SpaceX has secured a coveted US Air Force launch contract in the same week…

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Mars 2020 Rover builds momentum via contract awards


NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is making progress with the build up of Mars 2020 Rover, with contract awards for instrumentation and hardware. Following the recent announcement Space Systems Loral…

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SpaceX completes static fire ahead of JCSAT-14 mission


SpaceX has completed a crucial static firing of their Falcon 9 rocket ahead of the upcoming mission to loft the JCSAT-14 satellite for the Tokyo-based SKY Perfect JSAT…

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OA-6: Atlas V booster shortcomings due to MRCV anomaly


Despite successfully lofting the OA-6 Cygnus safely into orbit, United Launch Alliance (ULA) engineers have been investigating the first stage launch phase of the Atlas V’s March mission….

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SpaceX plans to debut Red Dragon with 2018 Mars mission


SpaceX has entered into an agreement with NASA for a Dragon mission to Mars, set to take place as early as 2018. Known as “Red Dragon”, the variant of…

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NASA seeks to boost Mars communication network ahead of human missions


As part of its increasing dedication and ramp up of activities at the red planet, NASA has announced a solicitation of ideas for a new Mars orbiter in…

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Orbital ATK eye VAB and MLP for potential EELV-class rocket


Orbital ATK and NASA have entered into an agreement to begin negotiations over the potential use of High Bay 2 inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). The discussions,…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne tasked with NASA’s Advanced SEP system development


As part of its initiative to advance exploration in the solar system, NASA has awarded Aerojet Rocketdyne a contract for two crucial elements of an Advanced Electric Propulsion…

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Falcon 9 booster preparing for reuse testing at KSC


The first stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9, that successfully helped launch the CRS-8 Dragon to the ISS prior to landing on a drone ship in the Atlantic,…

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BEAM installed on ISS following CRS-8 Dragon handover


The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) was finally installed on the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday. The Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) was involved with the…

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Delta IV-H WDR as ULA lines up its immediate and long-term goals


United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully conducted a Wet Dress Rehearsal (WDR) on Thursday for its Delta IV- Heavy tasked with the launch of the NROL-37 spacecraft. Meanwhile, the…

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55 years after Gagarin, ULA & Bigelow present commercial space stations


April 12, 1961: the USSR ushered in the era of human spaceflight with the launch of Yuri Gagarin on a single orbit flight of the Earth. Now 55…

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Falcon 9 first stage sails into Port Canaveral atop ASDS – ahead of big plans


The Falcon 9 first stage that successfully landed on the deck of the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS) barge on Friday sailed into Port Canaveral early on Tuesday. Riding atop…

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ULA and Bigelow announce partnership for first commercial space stations


United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Bigelow Aerospace have announced a partnership agreement to launch two of Bigelow’s inflatable B330 space habitats. The modules would be designed and built…

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ISS welcomes CRS-8 Dragon after flawless launch


For the first time in a year, the International Space Station has welcomed the arrival of a Dragon spacecraft from SpaceX following a flawless launch Friday afternoon from…

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SpaceX return Dragon to space as Falcon 9 nails ASDS landing


SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft returned to flight Friday with the CRS-8 resupply mission to the International Space Station: a mission which also carries a prototype inflatable module for the…

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MSFC propose Aerojet Rocketdyne supply EUS engines


The Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) has issued a “Justification for Other Than Full and Open Competition (JOFOC)” solicitation in support of sole sourcing RL10 engines for the…

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SpaceX conducts Falcon 9 static fire ahead of CRS-8 mission


SpaceX has conducted a crucial static fire of their Falcon 9 rocket ahead of Dragon’s return to flight mission to the International Space Station. The company transported its…

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New Shepard hat trick for Blue Origin


Blue Origin conducted another test flight of its New Shepard rocket at the weekend, continuing a test program aimed at its suborbital space tourism goals. Marked by a…