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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…

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Assessing the Martian atmosphere: MAVEN prepares for launch


With less than 18 days to go before the beginning of NASA’s next scheduled mission to Mars, engineers and vehicle processing personnel at the Cape Canaveral Air Force…

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United Launch Alliance celebrate 75 launch milestone


The United Launch Alliance (ULA) celebrated its 75 launch milestone when their Atlas V launch vehicle successfully lofted the AEHF-3 satellite out of Cape Canaveral Wednesday morning. While…

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Japan’s Epsilon launches with SPRINT-A


Japan’s Epsilon rocket has made its maiden launch carrying JAXA’s SPRINT-A ultraviolet astronomy satellite early on Saturday morning. Liftoff from the Uchinoura Space Centre was delayed from last…

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NASASpaceFlight.com completes site upgrade


NASASpaceFlight.com marked the completion of its major upgrade on Sunday, with the addition of a brand new forum and new logo design. The upgrades to the news site…

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NASA planning ISS module relocations to support future crew vehicles


International Space Station (ISS) program managers and engineers are working on long-term plans to support future crew and cargo vehicles, including the installation of a new docking system…

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China “secretly” launch three satellites via Long March 4C


In what was one of the most secretive Chinese missions in recent years, a Long March 4C launched three military satellites. The launch, which occurred at 23:37 UTC…

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NASA’s Commercial Crew Catch 22 as another $424m heads to Russia


NASA administrator Charlie Bolden emphasized the need for Congress to fully support funding for the Agency’s Commercial Crew Program, after signing a $424m extension for the use of…

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Dennis Tito announces crewed Mars flyby – requires technical advances


Millionaire Dennis Tito has announced plans to send a human couple on a 501 day flyby mission to Mars, via an optimistic schedule that will require several major…

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Asteroid close pass highlights need to investigate NEAs via NASA missions


Following 2012 DA14′s close pass to Earth on Friday, asteroids once again found their way into the general public’s consciousness. 2012 DA14 was not – as Hollywood movies…

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STS-107: Remembering the accomplishments of the Columbia crew


It was a Space Shuttle mission like none other in the 21st century. It was a mission that went nowhere near the International Space Station or the Hubble…

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MSFC Director: Commercial Space should be serious about Huntsville


Recently appointed Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Director Patrick Scheuermann believes there is a buoyant future for the Alabama facility, citing the Center’s role with the Space Launch…