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Japanses H-IIA lofts IGS Optical-5 satellite


Japan’s H-IIA rocket has made its second flight of the year Thursday, carrying a new-generation optical imaging satellite for the country’s military. The launch of IGS Optical-5 occurred…

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ULA Delta IV successfully launches GPS IIF-9


United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully launched the ninth Block IIF Global Positioning System navigation satellite Wednesday in an afternoon lift-off from Cape Canaveral. Liftoff, atop a Delta IV…

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ULA and Orbital ATK team up for SPP mission


NASA has selected the United Launch Alliance (ULA) to loft its Solar Probe Plus (SPP) mission to study the Sun’s outer atmosphere. The July, 2018 launch will utilize ULA’s…

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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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MMS successfully launched by ULA’s Atlas V


United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket launched NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission on Thursday. Launching from Cape Canaveral, the rocket placed the four-satellite constellation into a highly elliptical…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 launches debut dual satellite mission


SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket made its sixteenth launch Sunday, carrying a pair of commercial communications satellites in the company’s first dual launch to a geosynchronous transfer orbit. The…

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Legless Falcon 9 conducts Static Fire test ahead of Sunday launch


SpaceX’s Falcon 9 v1.1 has conducted a Static Fire – or Hot Fire – test at Cape Canaveral’s SLC-40 ahead of Sunday’s mission to loft the ABS-3A and Eutelsat…

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IXV’s Pride: Europe’s spaceplane homecoming prelude to future goals


ESA’s Intermediate Experimental Vehicle (IXV) is now enjoying the final leg of her mission, onboard the Nos Aries recovery ship. The vehicle – part of ESA’s future spaceplane aspirations…

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Japanese H-IIA launches with IGS spy satellite


Japan has conducted its first launch of 2015 Sunday with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries lofting a radar reconnaissance satellite with the aid of its H-IIA carrier rocket. Liftoff, from…

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SpaceX conducts Static Fire test ahead of DSCOVR mission


SpaceX has conducted a Static Fire test on its latest Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket Saturday, paving the way for a February 8 launch attempt to loft the DSCOVR…

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ULA Delta II successfully launches SMAP


United Launch Alliance (ULA) has successfully conducted a rare Delta II launch on Saturday morning, at 6:22 am local,  following a scrub on Thursday, along with a debonding…

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ULA Atlas V successfully launches third MUOS spacecraft


United Launch Alliance conducted its first launch of 2015 on Tuesday, with an Atlas V carrying the third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite to orbit. Liftoff from…

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New Horizons begins Pluto observations ahead of July flyby


Nine years after launching on an Atlas V rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, NASA’s New Horizons space probe has begun preliminary observations of…

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DSCOVR and Recover: SpaceX chase the cigar with next Falcon 9 mission


SpaceX will conduct a second attempt at landing a Falcon 9 v1.1 core stage on to its Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS) next month, during its primary mission of…

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James Webb Space Telescope hardware entering key test phase


An array of high tech instruments are being put through their paces ahead of becoming part of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The successor to the Hubble…

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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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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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Atlas V launches NROL-35 out of Vandenberg


United Launch Alliance has conducted its final launch of 2014, making use of a new upper stage engine on its Atlas V rocket to deliver a National Reconnaissance…

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Japanese H-IIA kicks off Hayabusa 2’s asteroid mission


Japan has successfully launched the second sample return mission to an asteroid, with a JAXA H-IIA rocket carrying the Hayabusa 2 probe into orbit on the first leg…