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Russian Strela rocket launches Kondor-E


Russia’s Strela rocket has made a rare appearance and launched the latest Kondor radar imaging satellite for the South African military – following its purchase from NPO Mashinostroyenia. Known…

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India debuts GSLV Mk.III with prototype crew capsule


The Indian Space Research Organisation has launched the first test flight of its newest rocket – the GSLV Mk.III – on Thursday, conducting a suborbital flight that also…

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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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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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ATK expand on its domestic alternative to Atlas V’s RD-180


ATK has provided additional details about its domestic alternative to the Russian-built RD-180 engine currently in use on the venerable Atlas V rocket of United Launch Alliance (ULA)….

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Mars fleet watch Siding Spring Comet flyby


C/2013 A1, better known as Siding Spring, has buzzed Mars, under the close watch of the international fleet of spacecraft and rovers that are residents of the Red…

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Ariane 5 launches with ARSAT-1 and Intelsat DLA-1


An Ariane 5 ECA returned to action on Thursday evening, lofting two satellites into space. ArSat-1 and Intelsat DLA-1 (Intelsat 30) rode uphill on the Arianespace workhorse out of…

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MAVEN arrives at Mars for atmospheric study mission


After a 10 month journey between planets, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft has arrived at the Mars on Sunday, 21 September 2014 for a mission dedicated to detailed exploration of the Martian…

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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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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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SpaceX Roadmap building on its rocket business revolution


Following the recent success of the Falcon 9 launch with six ORBCOMM spacecraft, SpaceX is in the midst of speedy turnaround of its Cape Canaveral launch site, ahead…

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NASA and ESA’s Cassini spacecraft marks 10 years at Saturn


Ten years ago today (Monday, June 30), NASA made history as the Cassini spacecraft became the first human-made satellite of Saturn – beginning an orbital tenure that has…

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LDSD passes primary technology test but suffers chute failure


NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project finally begun its mission to test a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped landing technology test vehicle into near-space from the US Navy’s Pacific Missile Range…

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Curiosity marks completion of first Martian year of operations


Tuesday marks a milestone anniversary for NASA’s Curiosity rover – one full Martian year on the surface of the red planet. In the span of just 687 short…

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Hardware and Humans ready to support the World Cup from space


As billions of people prepare to cheer on their countries in the World Cup, which kicked off in Brazil on Thursday, the crew of the International Space Station…

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FAA moves closer to SpaceX permit for DragonFly testing


The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a draft environmental impact report on SpaceX’s request for an experimental license to use the McGregor Rocket Test Facility in…

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NIAC – Fostering tomorrow’s exploration technology


NASA is seeking technology proposals for Phase II of the 2014 NASA Innovative Advanced Concept (NIAC) campaign, according to the Agency’s latest drive for its forward thinking program….

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Orbital and ATK form space flight super group


Orbital and ATK have merged forces to form a joint company that will combine the talents and resources of two well-known space industry stalwarts. To be known as…

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SpaceX advances drive for Mars rocket via Raptor power


SpaceX Co-Founder and Vice President of Propulsion Development Tom Mueller has revealed the company is deep into the development of the first “full flow methane-liquid oxygen” rocket engine….

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Honoring the heroes – Respecting their legacy


This time of year marks the anniversaries of the three major US space tragedies that are forever a painful reminder of the risks associated with space exploration. The…