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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…

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SpaceX’s Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship ready for action


The mystery behind the “floating platform” – set to welcome home a returning Falcon 9 v1.1 first stage – has been solved via a series of fascinating comments…

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Lockheed Martin enter ATLO phase for Mars InSight lander


Following last week’s dramatic exploits of Rosetta’s Philae lander on the surface of a comet, another lander – destined for the surface of Mars – is being born…

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Philae wins battle to send key data ahead battery depletion


ESA’s Philae lander battled against the odds on Friday, transmitting key scientific data before its batteries were depleted. Due to the unplanned location – following a couple of…

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Rosetta’s Philae completes historic comet landing


ESA’s Rosetta – and her companion spacecraft – Philae – parted ways on Wednesday, ahead of a historic landing on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Philae conducted the journey…

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China launches lunar sample return test mission


The Chinese have launched the third phase of its lunar exploration program on Thursday. Launch of the Chang’e-5-T1 mission took place at 1800UTC, utilizing a Long March-3C/G2 launch…