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ULA Atlas V conducts X-37B spaceplane launch


The US Air Force’s X-37B spaceplane began its fourth mission Wednesday, lifting off atop United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket to begin a classified mission for Air Force…

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MESSENGER ends Mercury adventure with a bang


NASA’s MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) spacecraft has ended its mission in a dramatic, but planned, event – crashing into the surface of the planet that…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 lofts Turkmenistan’s first satellite


Making its second launch in less than a fortnight, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket carried Turkmenistan’s first satellite to orbit Monday evening following a liftoff from Cape Canaveral. The…

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SpaceX ready for another launch and key Commercial Crew test


SpaceX has conducted a Static Fire test on the next Falcon 9 rocket set to launch out of Florida, tasked with the lofting of the TurkmenistanSat spacecraft on…

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Satellites Supply Line – Sending spacecraft to Kourou


Two more satellites destined for a ride into space have completed assembly ahead of being lofted by Arianespace rockets. Europe’s Sentinel-2A was transported by truck from IABG’s facilities to Munich…

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Fine-tuning Falcon 9 landing focuses on throttle valve response


SpaceX is getting ever closer to successfully returning the first stage of its Falcon 9 v1.1, with the latest attempt showing the effort is now focused on fine-tuning. The…

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CRS-6 Dragon successfully completes ISS berthing


While the internet community continues its fascination with the Falcon 9 First Stage landing attempt on the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS), SpaceX’s primary mission objective – the…

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SpaceX preparing for a busy season of missions and test milestones


SpaceX is set for a salvo of events over the coming months, ranging from resupply runs to the International Space Station, to abort test objectives for its Dragon…

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International effort to understand asteroids and protect Earth from their threat


Two robotic missions, aimed at gaining further understanding into the threat of asteroids, passed major milestones this week. NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft and ESA’s Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM) are…

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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…