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OSIRIS-REx enters environmental testing ahead of launch next year


NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has completed assembly operations at its Lockheed Martin construction site in Denver, Colorado. OSIRIS-REx, slated to become the first asteroid sample return mission for the…

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SSL win contract to build Azerspace-2 for 2017 launch


Space Systems/Loral (SSL) has been selected to provide a communications satellite to Azercosmos, the national satellite operator of Azerbaijan. The new satellite will be called Azerspace-2, although it…

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Robotic missions aid in-situ resource identification for human Mars missions


The draw of mounting a human mission to Mars has held the public’s attention since telescopic observations of the red planet began centuries ago. With the recent discovery…

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft taking a closer look at Enceladus


On Wednesday, NASA’s Cassini mission will make the first of three close encounters with Enceladus, the sixth-largest of the moons of Saturn. The three close passes, which will…

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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…