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ULA Atlas V conducts SBIRS-GEO-3 launch from the Cape


The US Air Force’s third Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) geosynchronous missile detection satellite rode to orbit atop United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket on Friday, lifting off from…

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Landed Falcon 9 booster sails into Los Angeles


For the first time on the West Coast, a recovered Falcon 9 first stage has made it back to port, intact. Following its role with the successful launch…

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Examining the probable causes of Progress MS-04 failure


In the month and a half since the Progress MS-04 spacecraft was lost in a third-stage launch mishap on 1 December 2016, Russian federal investigators and Roscosmos have…

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Japan’s SS-520 fails during TRICOM-1 launch to demo small rocket capability


Japan conducted an experimental launch, using a modified SS-520 sounding rocket to place a CubeSat, TRICOM-1, into low Earth orbit. The mission lifted off from the Uchinoura Space…

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SpaceX Returns To Flight with Iridium NEXT launch – and landing


SpaceX returned its Falcon 9 rocket to flight Saturday with a mission that delivered ten Iridium NEXT communications satellites into low Earth orbit. Liftoff was on time at…

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EVA-39: Spacewalkers complete the upgrading of ISS batteries


Two astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have completed a long-planned process to upgrade the power storage batteries outside the station. The upgraded batteries will give the…

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SpaceX, Air Force assess more landing pads, Dragon processing at LZ-1


As SpaceX continues its efforts to press forward with Return To Flight later this month, a draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment report for Launch Complex 13 at the Cape…

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Proof is in the Core as SLS pushes towards maiden launch


The first fully-welded Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage propellant tank was recently moved to its proof testing facility at the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF), to begin final…

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Chinese Kuaizhou-1A rocket launches several small satellites


China orbited three small satellites using the Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A) launch vehicle from the Jiuquan Launch Center. The launch was originally scheduled for the last day of 2016. However,…

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Long March 3B launches second TJSW spacecraft for China


China kicked off its 2017 campaign with the successful launch of the second Tongxin Jishu Shiyan Weixing (TJSW) spacecraft from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. Launch took place…

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