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Delving deeper into KSC’s transformation into a Multi-User Spaceport


The 2011 conclusion of NASA’s 30-year Space Shuttle Program posed a major challenge for the Kennedy Space Center, the historic spaceport dotted with facilities purpose-built for shuttles. Eleven…

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NROL-55 takes a ride uphill on ULA Atlas V


Making its second flight in less than a week, United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket has successfully deployed a National Reconnaissance Office primary payload (NROL-55) – and a…

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ULA marks 100th mission – Atlas V launches with Morelos-3


United Launch Alliance has conducted its hundredth launch Friday with a rare commercial mission on behalf of Lockheed Martin to deploy Mexico’s Morelos-3 spacecraft. The launch, which made…

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Ariane 5 conducts dual launch for Australia and Argentina


Arianespace has conducted its fifth Ariane 5 mission of the year with the launch of two telecommunication satellites. Sky Muster (NBN Co 1A) and ARSAT-2 rode uphill on…

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HTV-5 departs ISS – following slight glitch – ahead of fiery demise


Japan’s HTV-5 cargo vehicle has departed the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday ahead of a fiery plunge back to Earth. The spacecraft – which initially suffered from…

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NASA confirms present-day salt water flows on Mars


It was a search hundreds of years old. On Monday, NASA announced what so many have sought for so long – a groundbreaking discovery by the Mars Reconnaissance…

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PSLV rocket lofts India’s Eye in the Sky


India’s first dedicated astronomy satellite, AstroSat, was launched into a low Earth orbit on Monday atop the country’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. Along with six foreign satellites, AstroSat…

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ARSAT-2: Argentina consolidates as Latin American satellite leader


When Ariane 5 flight VA226 launches on September 30, the orbital slot for the 81 West geostationary position will finally get its long-term dweller that it has been…

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China conducts debut launch of Long March 6


China initiated a new era in its space exploration with the debut of a new family of launch vehicle. The first Long March-6 (Chang Zheng-6) rocket was successfully…

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Scientists explore preliminary data from New Horizons’ Pluto-Charon flyby


Over two months after its historic flyby of Pluto, New Horizons is sending back a stream of data, helping its science teams answer outstanding questions about the dwarf planetary system and explore…

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Russian Proton M successfully launches Ekspress-AM8


A Russian Government Proton-M was action on Monday, tasked with lofting the Ekspress-AM8 communications satellite on what was a multi-hour flight to a geostationary orbit via its DM-03…

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ULA Atlas V launches with fourth MUOS spacecraft


United Launch Alliance (ULA) has successfully deployed the US Navy’s fourth MUOS satellite on Wednesday, with an Atlas V carrying the communications spacecraft into a geostationary transfer orbit….

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ILS Proton M completes RTF mission with Inmarsat 5 F3


International Launch Services (ILS) has returned the Proton M rocket to flight via the launch of the Inmarsat-5 F-3 communications satellite – part of the Inmarsat Global Xpress…

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Indian GSLV launches with GSAT-6


India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle has successfully deployed a communications satellite Thursday, with the rocket’s ninth flight lofting the GSAT-6 spacecraft. The launch was on schedule at 16:52…

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ULA utilizing OVI to reduce vehicle integration timeline


United Launch Alliance (ULA) has completed its first processing flow utilizing Off-site Vertical Integration (OVI) ahead of the upcoming Atlas V/MUOS-4 mission. The process involves several structural elements…

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Ariane 5 conducts dual launch of Eutelsat 8 West B and Intelsat 34


Arianespace has conducted its fourth Ariane 5 mission of the year with the successful launch of two telecommunication satellites. Eutelsat 8 West B and Intelsat 34 rode uphill…

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HTV-5 Kounotori sets sail for the ISS


Japan’s HTV-5 spacecraft “Kounotori 5” has launched en route to the International Space Station on Wednesday – lofted by a H-IIB rocket from the Tanegashima Space Center in…

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RUAG to establish composites production capability at ULA


Swiss company RUAG will be setting up base at United Launch Alliance’s Decatur facility in Alabama, following a deal to further strengthen their cooperation. RUAG are best known…

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ISS and Earth Observation fleet monitor super typhoon Soudelor


Eyes in the sky are continuing to track super typhoon Soudelor, providing vital Earth Observation data to forecasters tasked with relaying information to those that may be affected…

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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…