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LDSD passes primary technology test but suffers chute failure


NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project finally begun its mission to test a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped landing technology test vehicle into near-space from the US Navy’s Pacific Missile Range…

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Curiosity marks completion of first Martian year of operations


Tuesday marks a milestone anniversary for NASA’s Curiosity rover – one full Martian year on the surface of the red planet. In the span of just 687 short…

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Hubble recruited to find New Horizons probe post-Pluto target


Two NASA spacecraft are to join forces in finding a new deep space target ripe for investigation by the New Horizons spacecraft. The venerable Hubble Space Telescope (HST)…

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InSight into NASA’s next Mars lander


This past week, NASA announced the approval of construction of the Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) Mars lander. Set to launch in 2016, InSight…

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Japanese HII-A successfully launches ALOS-2 mission


Japan conducted its second launch of the year on Saturday, with an H-IIA rocket orbiting the second Advanced Land Observation Satellite, Daichi-2 – better known as ALOS-2. Liftoff…

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ULA’s Atlas V launches with the NROL-33 military spacecraft


A National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) military payload rode into orbit atop the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket on Thursday. Liftoff of the NROL-33 mission from Cape…

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SpaceX targets June 11 for Falcon 9 ORBCOMM OG2 mission


SpaceX has realigned its next Falcon 9 v1.1 launch to NET (No Earlier Than) June 11. The rocket, tasked with lofting six ORBCOMM satellites into orbit, was scheduled…

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ULA Delta IV successfully lofts sixth Block IIF GPS satellite


The United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully launched the US Air Force’s sixth Block IIF GPS satellite atop a Delta IV rocket on Friday. Liftoff from Space Launch Complex…

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Following the decadal survey: NASA focus on Europa mission


In what is a significant step forward in planning for a mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa, NASA has released a Request for Information to the science and engineering…

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Orbital and ATK form space flight super group


Orbital and ATK have merged forces to form a joint company that will combine the talents and resources of two well-known space industry stalwarts. To be known as…

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Arianespace’s Vega successfully lofts DZZ-HR satellite


Arianespace launched the third Vega mission at the second attempt, completing a mission tasked with lofting Kazakhstan’s DZZ-HR Earth observation satellite, also known by the name KazEOSat-1, into a Sun-synchronous…

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Russian Soyuz-U launches EgyptSat-2


A Russian Soyuz-U rocket was launched from Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday. In what is expected to the last “non Progress” launch of this…

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Atlas V launches NROL-67 military spacecraft


The United Launch Alliance (ULA) have launched an Atlas V, tasked with deploying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. The mission, designated NRO Launch 67 (NROL-67), lifted…

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Range Realigns – SpaceX CRS-3 mission targets April 14


Thanks in part to the successful launch – at the first attempt – of the Atlas V with the DMSP-5D3 F-19 satellite on Thursday, teams have re-planned the next…

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India’s PSLV successfully launches the IRNSS-1B spacecraft


India’s ISRO launched its second navigation satellite on Friday, with a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle orbiting the IRNSS-1B spacecraft in a mission originating from the Satish Dhawan Space…

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Atlas V successfully lofts USAF’s DMSP-5D3 F-19 satellite


The United Launch Alliance (ULA) used an Atlas V rocket to deploy the DMSP-5D3 F-19 satellite for the US Air Force. Liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base was…

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NASA builds asteroid capture mission definitions


NASA has begun to define the approach towards capturing a space rock that will be investigated during the Exploration Mission -2 (EM-2). The Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission (ARRM) will…

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SLS positioning for ARRM and Europa missions


Space Launch System (SLS) managers are conducting a feasibility study into the use of a 5.4 meter payload fairing, with a view to enabling the use of the…

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Ariane 5 ECA lofts Astra 5B and Amazonas 4A


Arianespace lofted another two more satellites into orbit – namely Astra 5B and Amazonas 4A – via their Ariane 5 ECA rocket on Saturday. Launch from the European Spaceport…

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Atlas V to launch Europe’s next-generation sun explorer in 2017


United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V has been selected as the rocket of choice by NASA’s Launch Service Program to loft a next-generation sun explorer called Solar Orbiter.  The first…