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Ariane 5 ES lofts another set of Galileo quadruplets


An Ariane 5 ES rocket has lofted another four Galileo satellites from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on Tuesday. The launch – the 11th of the year…

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Rocket Lab scrubs second Electron launch


Rocket Lab scrubbed a second attempt to launch its Electron rocket from the Māhia Peninsula from the North Island of New Zealand’s eastern coast (in the early hours…

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Chinese Long March 3B lofts Alcomsat-1 for Algeria


China is continuing to pick up its launch cadence via the launch of a new communications satellite for Algeria on Sunday. The Alcomsat-1 satellite was orbited by a…

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Protecting SLS from Fire and Ice – TPS foam application proceeding at MAF


NASA and prime contractor Boeing are deep into the application of spray-on foam insulation (SOFI) to elements of the first Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage (CS-1) and…

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“Flawless” OA-8E Cygnus departs ISS for 12 days of free-flight activities


Following last month’s launch and berthing to the International Space Station, the eighth Cygnus resupply mission to the orbital outpost has departed the ISS for 12 days of…

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SLC-40 comes back to life with CRS-13 static fire campaign


Fifteen months after a static fire accident removed SLC-40 from operation, SpaceX is complete with the rebuild and reactivation of its Cape Canaveral Air Force Station pad.  The…

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NASA evaluates EM-2 launch options for Deep Space Gateway PPE


While NASA engages spacecraft industry help in studying concepts for design, development, test, and evaluation of the Power Propulsion Element (PPE), it is also studying where the anchor…

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Long March 2D lofts latest Yaogan Weixing satellite – named LKW-1


The Chinese have launched the Yaogan Weixing-31 remote sensing satellite – also known as the Land Surveying Satellite -1 (LKW-1) – via a Long March-2D (Chang Zheng-2D) on…

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Russia launches Lotos mission via Soyuz 2-1B rocket


Russia conducted another launch of its Soyuz-2-1b rocket Saturday, carrying a military Lotos signals intelligence satellite to orbit. Saturday’s launch – Russia’s first since a Soyuz-2-1b/Fregat-M failure earlier…

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MAF simulating SLS engine installation with RS-25 pathfinder


Engineers at the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans are using a pathfinder RS-25 engine to practice the installation of engines on the Core Stage of the…

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