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Soyuz TMA-12M returns ISS trio to Earth – Dragon up next


Expedition 40 commander Steven Swanson, along with cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev, have returned to Earth in their Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft on Wednesday. The trio undocked from…

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Arianespace Soyuz ST-B in troubling Galileo launch


An Arianespace Soyuz ST-B launched two Galileo satellites from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on Friday. However, the lofting of the two FOC-M1 (FM01 and FM02) satellites –…

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Russian spacewalkers successfully complete science-oriented EVA


Expedition 40 cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev successfully concluded a flawless spacewalk on Monday,  focused on science experiments placed on the exterior of the Russian segment of…

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TechDemoSat-1 celebrates ride uphill with a selfie


One of two UK satellites that rode to space on a Russian Soyuz 2-1B rocket earlier this month – the innovative TechDemoSat-1 – has passed its Launch and Early…

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Russian Progress resupply ship M-24M docks with ISS


The never-ending run of supply missions to the International Space Station (ISS) continued on Wednesday, with the next Russian Progress cargo vehicle launched on a fast rendezvous, six…

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Soyuz 2-1A launches Foton-M with a crew of creatures


Russia launched its fourth Foton-M research satellite on Friday (UTC) to begin a sixty-day mission for an array of creatures and biological experiments. Liftoff atop a Soyuz-2-1a rocket…

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Angara rocket launches on maiden flight


Russia’s Angara rocket has launched on her maiden flight from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Northwest Russia on Wednesday – with a T-0 of 12pm UTC – tasked with a…

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Soyuz 2-1B lofts Meteor M2 and Scotland’s first satellite


A Russian Soyuz 2-1B rocket has successfully launched the Meteor M2 satellite along with a number of companions, including Scotland’s first satellite, on Tuesday. Launch of the satellites…

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EVA-38: Frustration morphs into success during Russian spacewalk


Two Russian cosmonauts, Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev, ventured out into the vacuum of space for a spacewalk on Thursday, tasked with carrying out important work – including…

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Russian Dnepr rocket lofts record haul of 37 satellites


A Russian Dnepr rocket launched a record-breaking thirty-seven satellites on Friday morning local time, deploying a cluster of spacecraft for scientific research and commercial operation. The mission departed…

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Russian GLONASS launch spotted by the ISS crew


The launch of a Soyuz 2-1B from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome – lofting another Russian GLONASS -M satellite – caught the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) by surprise…

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International trio arrive at ISS following Soyuz TMA-13M trip


NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst and Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev have arrived at the International Space Station on Wednesday. The trio launched in…

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Sea Launch Zenit 3SL successfully lofts Eutelsat 3B


Sea Launch has returned the Zenit 3SL rocket back to ocean launch activities via the lofting of the Eutelsat 3B satellite on Monday. Launch from the Odyssey Launch Platform…

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Russian Proton-M suffers failure during Ekspress-AM4R launch


Russia launched another of their Proton-M rockets on Thursday, with the mission tasked with lofting the Ekspress-AM4R telecommunications satellite into orbit. Launch of the Proton-M rocket took place from Launch Pad…

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Soyuz TMA-11M returns to an argumentative Earth


Expedition 39 Commander Koichi Wakata, Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio and Soyuz commander Mikhail Tyurin have safely returned to Earth following their six month stay on the International Space…

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Soyuz-2-1A launches Kobal’t-M reconnaissance satellite


Russia launches a Soyuz-2-1a rocket carrying a Kobal’t-M reconnaissance satellite on Tuesday. Liftoff from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Northwest Russia occurred at 17:49:39 Moscow Time (13:49:39 UTC). Tuesday’s mission…

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Proton-M successfully lofts two satellites


Russia conducted another launch of the Proton-M launch vehicle early on Monday, tasked with lofting the KazSat-3 telecommunications satellite and the Luch-5V relay satellite. Launch of the Proton-M rocket…

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Russian Progress M-21M re-tests new Kurs-NA system


A Russian Progress went on a short excursion this week, resulting in a redocking to the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday. The two day free-flying trip for Progress…

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Russian Soyuz-U launches EgyptSat-2


A Russian Soyuz-U rocket was launched from Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday. In what is expected to the last “non Progress” launch of this…

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The growing importance of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program


Birthed toward the end of the Space Shuttle program as a way for NASA astronauts to reach the International Space Station, the NASA’s Commercial Crew Program has taken…