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World launch markets look toward rocket reusability


What was once thought to be a pipe dream of having a reusable system of rocket and rocket components to reduce the overall cost of spaceflight is now…

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TRMM spacecraft completes destructive re-entry over South Indian Ocean


A long-serving Earth observation satellite has succumb to a fiery demise via an uncontrolled destructive re-entry on Tuesday. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) spacecraft – a joint mission…

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NASA looks to in-situ resource use for deep space missions and crews


NASA is exploring a shift toward the development of technologies for In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) – a development that could allow crews to make use of natural resources…

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Heritage hardware: Testing the hydrogen burn off system for SLS


As NASA continues development of its new heavy lift Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, testing of the vehicle’s various launch support systems, including the all-important hydrogen burn-off system,…

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EFT-1 Orion inspections provide vital MMOD information


A forensic level investigation into the condition of the Thermal Protection System (TPS) on the Exploration Flight Test -1 (EFT-1) Orion has evaluated the level of MicroMeteoroid and…

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Evaluating NASA’s Futuristic EM Drive


A group at NASA’s Johnson Space Center has successfully tested an electromagnetic (EM) propulsion drive in a vacuum – a major breakthrough for a multi-year international effort comprising…

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PSLV launches with IRNSS-1D to open India’s 2015 campaign


India has continued deployment of its IRNSS navigation system Saturday, with the launch of the fourth satellite atop a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle from the Satish Dhawan Space…

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NASA dreams of future Morpheus project templates


NASA’s Morpheus team have completed a review of its operations, following the conclusion of its test program. This week’s overview – which also hinted at the possibility of a…

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Dawn completes historic arrival at Ceres


NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has completed its historic arrival at the dwarf planet Ceres. With the completion of a multi-year mission and journey, Dawn slipped into Ceres orbit on…

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Curiosity confirms organics on Mars; Opportunity’s 10 year anniversary


Mars dominated planetary research headlines in 2014 as an international fleet of orbiters and NASA’s two rovers returned unparalleled scientific research on the Red Planet. In 2014, scientists…

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MESSENGER and Cassini’s landmark discoveries in 2014


For NASA, 2014 marked the 10th anniversary of MESSENGER in space and the tenth anniversary of Cassini at Saturn. Throughout the year, the two probes returned valuable scientific…

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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…