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Orbital’s Minotaur V launches LADEE mission to the Moon


NASA’s latest mission to the Moon launched aboard an Orbital Sciences Minotaur rocket Friday night. Liftoff of the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer from the Wallops launch…

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ULA Delta IV-H launches with NROL-65


A United Launch Alliance Delta IV conducted a morning launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Wednesday, carrying a classified payload for the US National Reconnaissance Office. Liftoff…

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Russian Dnepr rocket launches with Arirang-5


South Korea’s Arirang-5 satellite was launched on Thursday atop a Russian Dnepr rocket. The launch took place at 14:39 UTC (20:39 local time) from Site 370/13 at the…

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SpaceX: From Bothering Bovines to Revolutionizing Rockets


SpaceX are continuing to make progress on several key projects as they head into a busy period of launches. With the debut launch of their Falcon 9 v1.1…

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NASA planners switch next SpaceX Dragon mission to 2014


Planners within the ISS program have manifested the next two Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) missions. Both Orbital’s CRS-1 (ORB-1) and SpaceX’s CRS-3 (SpX-3) missions were initially provided with…

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Orbital sign up ATK for solid partnership with Stratolaunch ALV


ATK are now officially on board with the Stratolaunch system, following a deal with the launch vehicle’s main partner, Orbital Sciences Corporation. ATK will provide the first and…

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SpaceX awarded first European government contract via SARah missions


In a milestone launch contract award for SpaceX, the Californian company will use of its two Falcon 9 v1.1 rockets to loft Germany’s second-generation radar reconnaissance satellite system…

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ULA Delta IV launches with WGS-6 satellite


A Delta IV rocket was launched by United Launch Alliance on Wednesday night, prior to successfully deploying the WGS-6 satellite for the US Air Force. Liftoff from Space…

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Japan’s HTV-4 launches supplies and science to the ISS


Japan’s venerable HTV spacecraft made its fourth launch to the ISS tonight, blasting off atop a H-IIB booster from the Tanegashima space center in Southern Japan at 7:48:46…

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NASA planning ISS module relocations to support future crew vehicles


International Space Station (ISS) program managers and engineers are working on long-term plans to support future crew and cargo vehicles, including the installation of a new docking system…

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Bolden courts Asian powerhouses for asteroid missions


NASA Administrator Charles Bolden is continuing his attempts to gain additional international collaboration for the Agency’s Near Earth Asteroid (NEA) aspirations. Following a meeting with the head of…

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ULA point out their launch processing prowess


The United Launch Alliance (ULA) teams on both sides of the United States have successfully completed five major processing milestones within a period of eight days. Marking the…

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ULA Atlas V successfully lofts MUOS-2 satellite


The US Navy’s MUOS-2 satellite was launched on Friday morning aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V. Liftoff from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral was re-scheduled…

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Following Russia's GLONASS set back, US and European GPS advance


While investigators continue to search through the debris of the failed launch of three Russian GLONASS navigation satellites, the United States and Europe have announced progress with their…

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Indian PSLV successfully launches IRNSS-1A navigation satellite


India have launched their Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) on Monday carrying IRNSS-1A, the first satellite of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System. Liftoff from the first launch…

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Orbital’s Pegasus XL successfully lofts IRIS spacecraft


Orbital Sciences Corporation launched their Pegasus-XL rocket Thursday night, carrying NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) satellite. The launch occurred at 19:27 PDT (02:27 UTC on Friday), followed…

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ULA Delta IV successfully lofts WGS-5 satellite


A United Launch Alliance Delta IV has launched with the fifth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite on Friday night, following a 24 hour delay caused by an issue associated…

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Stratolaunch and Orbital – The Height of Air Launch


New details into the Stratolaunch system have revealed an exciting pairing of a huge carrier aircraft and a highly capable Orbital rocket nicknamed Pegasus II. The “Any Time,…

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MEV to the rescue – Hope for crippled satellites


ATK and ViviSat are working to demonstrate the ability to rescue satellites that are stranded in space after they run out of maneuvering fuel. The vision involves sending…

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ULA Atlas V succesfully deploys new GPS satellite


United Launch Alliance (ULA) launched an Atlas V Wednesday evening, successfully delivering the fourth satellite in the US Air Force’s new series of Global Positioning System satellites. Liftoff…