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GOES-R next generation weather satellite arrives for Florida processing


The next generation weather satellite, Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite “GOES-R”, has arrived in Florida for pre-launch processing. The spacecraft completed a plane ride inside a USAF C-5 cargo…

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ULA Delta IV successfully launches AFSPC-6 mission


United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully launched a Delta IV rocket in the early hours of Friday morning, carrying out the AFSPC-6 mission for the US Air Force. The…

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NASA updates status and timetable of ambitious Asteroid Redirect Mission


NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) standing committee has presented the NASA Advisory Council with a status update regarding the agency’s direction and execution of the upcoming Asteroid…

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Atlas V successfully launches NROL-61 reconnaissance satellite


United Launch Alliance successfully launched a satellite for the US National Reconnaissance Office Thursday aboard an Atlas V rocket. Liftoff for the mission designated NRO Launch 61, or…

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Rosetta and Philae officially say goodbye as mission draws to conclusion


The communication link between the Rosetta spacecraft and the Philae lander was turned off on Wednesday, marking a bittersweet milestone in the final days of the mission to…

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Juno successfully completes orbital insertion burn to arrive at Jupiter


After a near five year cruise through the solar system, NASA’s Juno spacecraft has become the second craft to permanently enter orbit of the largest planet in our…

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Virgin Galactic preparing for busy LauncherOne future


While Virgin Galactic prepare to restart test operations with its SpaceShipTwo vehicle, the company has revealed an ambitious future for its LauncherOne system – including a home base…

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ULA Atlas V successfully launches with MUOS-5 for the US Navy


United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket has completed the US Navy’s Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) constellation Friday, following the launch of the fifth and final first-generation satellite…

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India’s PSLV-XL launches with Cartosat-2C and 19 satellites


An Indian (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-XL) has deployed twenty satellites – including its primary passenger the Cartosat-2C satellite – on Wednesday in India’s fourth orbital launch…

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OA-6 Cygnus ends Space Station mission; prepares for post-release tests


Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have bid farewell to Orbital ATK’s Cygnus OA-6 spacecraft, the Rick Husband. Unberthing and separation operations began around 09:30 EDT (13:30 UTC)…

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ULA Delta IV-Heavy successfully lofts NROL-37


A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket beat the weather and launched a top secret payload into space for the US National Reconnaissance Office (NROL-37) on…

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Chinese Long March 4B lofts satellites for Ziyuan-3 and Aleph-1 programs


China launched a new high-resolution remote sensing satellite on Monday around 03:17 UTC using the Long March 4B (Chang Zheng-4B) launch vehicle from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center’s…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 launches Thaicom 8 and nails another ASDS landing


SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket made its twenty-fifth flight – and its second of the month – on Friday, deploying Thailand’s Thaicom 8 communications satellite. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral…

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Soyuz ST-B launches Galileo towards FOC milestone


An Arianespace Soyuz ST-B has successfully launched another pair of Galileo satellites from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on Thursday. The launch of the FM10 and FM11…

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India successfully launches Reusable Launch Vehicle demonstrator mission


The Indian Space Research Organisation has successfully launched a Reusable Launch Vehicle Technology Demonstrator mission. The flight began at 07:00 Indian Standard Time on 23 May (01:30 UTC),…

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Mars 2020 Rover builds momentum via contract awards


NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is making progress with the build up of Mars 2020 Rover, with contract awards for instrumentation and hardware. Following the recent announcement Space Systems Loral…

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OA-6: Atlas V booster shortcomings due to MRCV anomaly


Despite successfully lofting the OA-6 Cygnus safely into orbit, United Launch Alliance (ULA) engineers have been investigating the first stage launch phase of the Atlas V’s March mission….

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Indian PSLV lofts IRNSS-1G to complete navigation constellation


India has launched a PSLV rocket carrying the IRNSS-1G navigation satellite. The launch, which took place early Thursday afternoon local time, completes deployment of the first-generation IRNSS constellation,…

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NASA seeks to boost Mars communication network ahead of human missions


As part of its increasing dedication and ramp up of activities at the red planet, NASA has announced a solicitation of ideas for a new Mars orbiter in…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne tasked with NASA’s Advanced SEP system development


As part of its initiative to advance exploration in the solar system, NASA has awarded Aerojet Rocketdyne a contract for two crucial elements of an Advanced Electric Propulsion…