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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…

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SpaceX and ULA go toe-to-toe over EELV contracts


In what was one of the most fascinating hearings in years, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and United Launch Alliance (ULA) boss Michael Gass faced off against each other…

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Japanese H-IIA rocket successfully lofts GPM Core


The Japanese have launched the centrepiece of the Global Precipitation Measurement constellation, an international partnership aimed at providing a worldwide map of precipitation levels. The GPM Core satellite…

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ULA Delta IV successfully launches with GPS IIF-5


The US Air Force’s fifth GPS Block IIF navigation satellite was launched on Thursday night. Liftoff, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, via the United Launch…

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Project Morpheus successfully conducts free flight 7


Project Morpheus – an experimental lander project – has enjoyed a successful free flight at its test range at the end of the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) on Monday….

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Ariane 5 ECA launches with ABS-2 and Athena-Fidus


Arianespace launched another two satellites into orbit – namely ABS-2 and Athena-Fidus – via their Ariane 5 ECA rocket on Thursday. Launch from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana…

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MAVEN thumbs up following checkout en route to Mars


NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has provided an encouraging report card on the initial status of its array of instrumentation, as it continues its journey to…

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Ten Years On: Opportunity’s unparalleled time and mission on Mars


Ten years ago, 25 January 2004, the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity slammed into the Martian atmosphere, beginning what was supposed to be a 90 Mars day (sol) mission…

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ULA opens 2014 campaign with Atlas V launch of TDRS-L


United Launch Alliance successfully conducted their first mission of 2014 Thursday evening, with an Atlas V deploying NASA’s latest Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, TDRS-L. Liftoff from Cape…

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Large international interest in riding with NASA’s next Rover


The next NASA rover to be sent to the surface of Mars has received twice the usual amount of proposals for carrying science and exploration technology instruments. The…

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SpaceX win contract to loft JCSAT-14 via Falcon 9


Hot on the heels of their first two Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) missions, SpaceX have been awarded the launch contract for the mission to loft the JCSAT-14 communications satellite…