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ULA Delta IV successfully lofts WGS-7


Flying with an upgraded first stage, United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV rocket has successfully deployed the seventh Wideband Global Satcom communications satellite on Thursday. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral…

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Ariane 5 conducts MSG-4 and Star One C4 dual launch


Arianespace was back in action on Wednesday with its Ariane 5 successfully launching the Meteosat Second Generation-4 (MSG-4) and Star One C4 satellites. Launch from the European Spaceport…

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ULA Atlas V successfully launches with GPS IIF-10


The United States Air Force is continuing to replenish its fleet of Global Positioning System navigation satellites Wednesday via the successful launch of the tenth Block IIF spacecraft…

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New Horizons conducts flyby of Pluto in historic Kuiper Belt encounter


Humanity has visited the dwarf planet Pluto – the first-ever Kuiper Belt Object visited by a spacecraft – as NASA’s New Horizons probe cruised by the space body…

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Indian PSLV launches five British satellites


The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) conducted its thirtieth flight on Friday evening local time, deploying five British satellites into a Sun-Synchronous orbit….

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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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Vega successfully launches Sentinel-2A mission


Arianespace’s Vega rocket successfully completed her fifth launch, this time lofting the Sentinel-2A satellite – the latest spacecraft in Europe’s series of Earth observation satellites for the Copernicus…

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Farewell Aquarius as SAC-D spacecraft concludes its mission


An international Earth observation satellite has come to the end of its mission, after the power and attitude control system for the SAC-D spacecraft stopped working. Launched by the…

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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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Philae awakes from comet slumber ready to return to work


European scientists have confirmed their brave little lander Philae has managed to regain communications with its Rosetta mothership. The lander had been in hibernation after its sporty landing…

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USA’s next generation weather sentinel completes assembly


The first of four next-generation weather satellites has completed assembly at Lockheed Martin. The new Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite “GOES-R” will launch atop an Atlas V rocket in…

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InSight Mars Lander completes assembly ahead of 2016 launch


The next NASA lander to touch down on the surface of Mars is picking up the pace ahead of its launch on an Atlas V rocket next March….

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NASA selects science instruments for proposed Europa mission


NASA has selected nine out of 33 proposed instruments for inclusion in a proposed mission to the tantalizing Jovian moon known as Europa. With a primary goal of…

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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…