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Atlas V opens 2016 campaign with successful GPS IIF-12 launch


United Launch Alliance successfully launched its Atlas V carrying the twelfth and final Block IIF GPS satellite Friday. Flying from Cape Canaveral, the rocket lifted off – despite…

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Ariane 5 kicks off 2016 campaign with Intelsat 29e launch


Arianespace has opened its 2016 launch campaign with the lofting of the Intelsat 29e satellite on Wednesday. In a rare single passenger launch, the Ariane 5 was tasked…

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Eyes in the sky capture historic US snowstorm


The NPOESS Preparatory Project (Suomi) and the Landsat-8 satellites have been keeping a close eye on the major snowstorm that impacted millions of Americans over the weekend.  NPP…

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Orbital ATK ready for Antares’ second life


Orbital ATK managers have finalized their procedures related to the newly upgraded Antares launch vehicle in readiness for upcoming missions to help deliver their Cygnus spacecraft on resupply…

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Indian PSLV launches with IRNSS-1E


ISRO conducted India’s fiftieth orbital launch Wednesday, with a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle deploying an IRNSS navigation satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit. The launch of IRNSS-1E took place…

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Orbital ATK prepares for OA-6 Cygnus prior to Antares return


While the OA-4 Cygnus enjoys the berthed phase of her mission, Orbital ATK managers are already deep into parallel planning work with the Cygnus cargo resupply flight. The…

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Year In Review, Part 3: The Waters of Mars herald future exploration goals


With the abundance of discoveries in planetary science this year, none was truly more important to the future of human exploration of other planets than the long-awaited confirmation…

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Year In Review, Part 2: Planetary science sees ends and new beginnings


Year 2015 was yet another banner stretch for planetary exploration. The year saw the farewell of NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft at Mercury, the delayed arrival of JAXA’s Akatsuki at…

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Year In Review, Part 1: To the edge of the solar system and beyond


Space exploration in 2015 was an unprecedented series of firsts and major achievements. But for NASA and the world’s space communities, nothing quite captured the spirit and excitement…

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SpaceX returns to flight with OG2, nails historic core return


SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket returned to flight Monday, on a mission for communications firm Orbcomm which also resulted in the first return of the vehicle’s first stage to…

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Indian PSLV lofts six Singaporean satellites


Making the country’s fifth launch of the year, India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) has orbited six Singaporean satellites – led by the TeLEOS-1 spacecraft – on Wednesday…

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Cygnus returns to space via Atlas V launch


Orbital ATK’ Cygnus resupply spacecraft finally returned to flight on Sunday following weather scrubs over numerous recent attempts. Riding United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket uphill a year…

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Vega successfully lofts LISA Pathfinder


The European Space Agency’s LISA Pathfinder mission launched atop a Vega rocket Thursday morning, beginning a year-long mission to demonstrate technologies that could be used for future missions…

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NASA identifies secondary payloads for SLS’s EM-1 mission


As NASA continues to progress toward the debut flight of SLS in 2018, the agency is now examining additional secondary payloads to fly on the EM-1 mission. These…

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Mirror installation marks final assembly phase for JWST


NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) – the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope – has hit the final assembly phase milestone via the installation of the first…

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Japanese H-IIA successfully lofts Telstar 12V


Japan has conducted its first dedicated commercial satellite launch Tuesday, with an H-IIA rocket carrying a Canadian communications spacecraft, Telstar 12V, into orbit. The launch departed Japan’s Tanegashima…

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NASA awards contracts for deep-space advanced propulsion systems


NASA has awarded contracts to three American propulsion companies to aid the U.S. federal space agency with the development of advanced deep-space Electric Propulsion systems – including VASIMR…

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Falcon 9 first stage trucks into the Cape ahead of OG-2 mission


SpaceX’s Return To Flight (RTF) milestone remains on track for December, as the Falcon 9 first stage – tasked with the launch of the ORBCOMM-2 mission – arrived…

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Free CubeSat rideshares offered by ULA for Atlas V launches


United Launch Alliance (ULA) will begin adding a cubesat dispenser on to its Atlas V missions from 2017, allowing for the launch of up to 24 cubesats alongside its…

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Ariane 5 successfully launches Arabsat-6B and GSAT-15


Arianespace has conducted its sixth Ariane 5 mission of the year with the launch of two more telecommunication satellites. Arabsat-6B and GSAT-15 rode uphill on the European workhorse,…