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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…

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Ten Years On: Opportunity’s unparalleled time and mission on Mars


Ten years ago, 25 January 2004, the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity slammed into the Martian atmosphere, beginning what was supposed to be a 90 Mars day (sol) mission…

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Indian GSLV successfully lofts GSAT-14 satellite


India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) has ended a run of four consecutive launch failures by deploying the GSAT-14 communications satellite on Sunday, following launch at 10:48 UTC….

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YIR (Part IV) – Exoplanet discoveries highlight new exploration capabilities


In a year primarily dominated by interest in in-solar system exploration, 2013 saw significant and substantial discoveries of planets outside our solar system. Through our fleet of space-…

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SPMT: Providing transport to SLS core stages


NASA teams are finalizing the details on the Self Propelled Module Transporter (SPMT) that will allow for Space Launch System Structural Test Articles (STAs) and the Integrated Core Stage…

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Remembering Buran – The Shuttle’s Estranged Soviet Cousin


Under a veil of secrecy, the Soviet Space Shuttle “Buran” launched on her maiden mission 25 years ago. It was to be her only flight in space, with…

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Examining Buzz Aldrin’s roadmap to Mars


Legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin recently released “A Unified Space Vision,” his personal plan for humankind’s next two decades in space. Blending elements from today’s space flight reality with…

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India PSLV successfully launches MOM en route to Mars


India launched its first interplanetary spacecraft Tuesday, with a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle sending the Mars Orbiter Mission on its journey to the red planet. Liftoff of the…