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Soyuz 2-1v conducts clandestine military launch


Just prior to the SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch on Friday, Russia undertook a low-key launch of a Soyuz-2-1v rocket with a military payload. The launch, out of the…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 success with second flight involving BulgariaSat-1 mission


SpaceX launched Bulgaria’s first communications satellite on Friday – the first of two Falcon 9 launches in the space of two days – via the company’s second flight-proven…

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PSLV rocket launches Cartosat 2E and 30 small sats


In the first of three launches scheduled worldwide Friday, ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle has conducted its fortieth launch, deploying a Cartosat-2 Earth imaging spacecraft and a host…

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NASA preparing letter to Congress to explain EM-1 slip


As NASA’s Exploration Systems Development (ESD) prepares for the upcoming review of its plans for Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), program management is preparing to formally notify Congress of the…

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SpaceX tests Vandenberg Falcon 9 amid schedule realignment


SpaceX has static fired a Falcon 9 at the Vandenberg Air Force Base ahead of a mission to launch the next set of Iridium NEXT satellites. The test…

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Qualifying the life saver – LAS set for two more tests ahead of EM-2


Following Orbital ATK successful test-firing of an Orion launch abort system (LAS) abort motor at their Promontory facility in Utah on June 15, two more qualification tests will…

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Long March 3B lofts ChinaSat 9A – third stage issue reported


Three days after the successful launch of the Huiyan (HXMT) X-ray space telescope, China was back in action with the launch of a new communications satellite from the…

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Progress MS-06 docks; mission to remove Pirs module delayed


Roscosmos has launched – and docked – the Progress MS-06 resupply mission to the International Space Station.  Liftoff occurred at 15:20:13 local time (05:20:13 EDT) from the Baikonur…

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SpaceX static fire next Falcon 9 – another flight proven booster


SpaceX has conducted a static fire test on the next Falcon 9 to launch from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), a launch that will mark the second time…

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China launches X-ray telescope via Long March 4B


Initially scheduled for launch back in 2010, China has finally launched the long-awaited Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT) using a Long March-4B (Chang Zheng-4) launch vehicle from the Jiuquan…

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