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Mars InSight mission passes TVAC testing ahead of 2018 launch


NASA’s “Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight)” mission has received another boost ahead of launch, as the spacecraft passed its Thermal vacuum (TVAC) milestone…

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Long March 6 launches Jilin-1 trio


China launched three commercial remote sensing satellites to be used for high definition video in what is known as the Jilin-1 constellation. The launch took place at 04:50…

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Orion spacecraft enjoying calmer seas ahead of All-Hands review


Preparations involving the Exploration Mission -1 (EM-1) Orion are enjoying a relatively trouble-free processing flow at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Milestones are being reached on all of…

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Delta II launches on penultimate mission with JPSS-1


United Launch Alliance (ULA) launched – at the third attempt – the penultimate Delta II mission on Saturday, carrying the JPSS-1 weather satellite on its path to orbit…

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SpaceX stands down Falcon launch of clandestine Zuma satellite


Just one month after the mission became public – and just seven months after its needed launch date was communicated to SpaceX – the commercial space juggernaut will…

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Long March 4C launches Fengyun-3D and HEAD-1 co-passenger


China launched its latest Fengyun-3 polar orbiting meteorological satellite on Tuesday via a Long March 4C rocket. Launch – which included the HEAD-1 satellite as a co-passenger – took…

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OA-8 Cygnus arrives and berths at the ISS


Orbital ATK’s Cygnus resupply ship has completed its rendezvous at the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday morning. Cygnus launched to orbit on Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket from Wallops…

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Antares launches with OA-8 Cygnus en route to the ISS


Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket has launched a Cygnus spacecraft on Sunday, beginning the company’s CRS-8 Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station. Liftoff, from Launch Pad…

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Dream Chaser completes major Approach & Landing Test milestone


Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser has successfully completed the second attempt at its all-important Approach and Landing Test when it was dropped into a free-flight from a helicopter and…

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SpaceX static fires Zuma Falcon 9; engine test anomaly no issue for manifest


SpaceX has conducted the important static fire of the Falcon 9 rocket that will be tasked with lofting the secretive Zuma payload to Low Earth Orbit next Wednesday….

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