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MAF in major push to bring SLS production back to full thrust


Impacted by significant disruptions in recent months, a wide range of assembly and production work for the Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage nevertheless continues at the Michoud…

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Soyuz 2-1B launches Tundra missile detection spacecraft


Russia has launched a Soyuz-2-1b rocket from Plesetsk Thursday carrying a Tundra missile detection spacecraft, ending a year-long gap in Russian military satellite launches. Liftoff occurred on schedule…

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Rocket Lab’s Electron conducts inaugural flight from New Zealand


The U.S.-based Rocket Lab corporation has entered the commercial launch market with the maiden flight of its Electron rocket on Thursday morning (UTC).  The small-scale launcher will cater…

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Testing the controller – RS-25 hot fire test for SLS


The RS-25 engine team has performed the latest hot-fire test in the A-1 test stand at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi on Tuesday. NASA, RS-25 prime contractor…

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Spacewalkers successfully complete EVA to replace failed EXT-1 MDM


Two spacewalkers – NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer – performed a short EVA on Tuesday to replace a recently failed piece of critical command and control…

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Vector Space aims to expand launch ranges with minimal infrastructure pads


Vector Space Systems, a startup small satellite launch service, is hoping to revolutionize the launch market not just through a dramatic reduction in cost for launch operations for…

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Arianespace Soyuz ST-A launches with SES-15


The Arianespace Soyuz ST-A rocket was in action on Thursday, tasked with the lofting of the SES-15 satellite. The launch was only the second time this rocket has…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 in flawless Inmarsat-5 F4 launch


SpaceX conducted its sixth launch of the year Monday, with a Falcon 9 rocket deploying the Inmarsat-5 F4 communications satellite. Liftoff, from the Kennedy Space Center, was on…

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NASA will not put a crew on EM-1, cites cost – not safety – as main reason


In what is a highly welcomed, if not somewhat surprising decision, NASA has officially announced that they will not place a crew onboard the first SLS flight, the EM-1…

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ISS astronauts complete 200th station EVA for maintenance tasks


Two astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) completed the 200th spacewalk in the station’s history, in order to perform a number of maintenance and upgrade tasks outside…

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