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On Atlantis’ anniversary, USA’s future space fleet closing in on maiden flights


The long-awaited return of American astronauts launching on US spacecraft, a capability last seen when Atlantis closed out the Shuttle Program in 2011, is set to return next…

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Falcon Heavy prepares for debut flight as Musk urges caution on expectations


Developing rockets is difficult – even when those rockets use existing rocket boosters.  Such is the case for SpaceX and the development of the Falcon Heavy.  Once operational,…

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Farewell LISA – Space Observatory Pathfinder put to sleep


The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) pathfinder mission has come to an end via the final commanding of the spacecraft. The 16 month mission, has provided the tools…

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TDRS-M launch date under review following pre-launch incident


NASA and Boeing are reviewing the status of the TDRS-M launch date following an incident relating to an antenna during the spacecraft’s final launch processing to launch. The spacecraft’s…

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Pioneer 10: first probe to leave the inner solar system & precursor to Juno


The first spacecraft to leave the inner solar system sailed into the asteroid belt 45 years ago today, 15 July 1972, on a mission that would mark many…

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Soyuz 2-1A launches with Kanopus-V-IK and over 70 satellites


Russia conducted a complex mission Friday to deploy seventy-three satellites via a Soyuz-2-1a rocket with a Fregat upper stage. Following liftoff from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at…

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Starliner meets milestones as ULA switches Atlas booster for maiden flight


As Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner crew transportation vehicle for NASA continues to meet its processing milestones at the Kennedy Space Center and various test sites around the country, United…

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SLS Upper Stage set to take up residence in the former home of ISS modules


The Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS) is now deep into its latest phase of processing, as it prepares to be housed in the Space Station Processing Facility (SSPF) – a…

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BepiColombo shaken and stacked ahead Mercury mission


Set for launch next year, the BepiColombo spacecraft is coming to the end of its test phase ahead of being shipped to Kourou, French Guiana in readiness to begin…

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Iridium marks new satellite network, 20 healthy satellites & 55 more to launch


With just 20 satellites of the Iridium Next constellation in orbit, Iridium Communications’ six remaining launches with SpaceX over the next year will place their entire 75 satellite…

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