Yearly Archives: 2017

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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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Blue Origin remains on course for 2020 debut of New Glenn heavy lift rocket


With their large production facility on Merritt Island nearing completion of its initial build, construction of their launch pad and testing facilities proceeding well, and a successful first…

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SLS managers rally the troops to avoid EM-1 slip into 2020


With the Exploration Mission -1 (EM-1) launch date now officially set for the end of 2019, Space Launch System (SLS) managers have been sending out memos to the…

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Arianespace Vega rocket launches Mohammed VI-A


Europe’s Vega rocket has conducted its eleventh launch Tuesday, deploying Morocco’s Mohammed VI – A satellite following a late-night liftoff from the Centre Spatial Guyanais in Kourou, French…

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Long March 3B successfully returns with dual Beidou-3 mission


China successfully launched a new pair of navigation satellites – namely the Beidou-3M1 (Beidou-24) and Beidou-3M2 (Beidou-25) navigation spacecraft – on Sunday, using a Long March-3B/YZ-1 rocket that…

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Europa Clipper’s launch date dependent on SLS Mobile Launcher readiness


NASA has completed an important three day Technical Interchange Meeting regarding the agency’s upcoming flagship Europa Clipper mission.  The probe, set to launch on the first science mission…

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SpaceX aims for late-December launch of Falcon Heavy


A major question for SpaceX’s end of year manifest appears to be gaining some answers as the company aims to debut its Falcon Heavy rocket in the late-December…

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Orbital ATK Minotaur-C launches SkySat mission out of Vandenberg


Orbital ATK’s Taurus-XL rocket – now renamed Minotaur-C – returned to flight on Tuesday with a commercial mission deploying ten satellites for Planet Labs, six and a half…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launches Koreasat 5A


SpaceX has launched the Koreasat-5A communications satellite for South Korea’s KT SAT on Monday, with a Falcon 9 lifting off from the Kennedy Space Center to carry the…

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Iridium satellite communication aids Caribbean/Puerto Rico recovery efforts


The unprecedented destruction and humanitarian crises spawned by Hurricanes Maria and Irma revealed the significant role satellite communications play in disaster relief – especially in the Caribbean, where…

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SpaceX Static Fires Falcon 9 for Koreasat 5A mission


SpaceX is in the business end of the processing flow for its next mission with the launch of the Koreasat 5A satellite. The launch is scheduled to take…

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Crew Access Arm arrives as SLS Mobile Launcher takes shape


The huge Mobile Launcher (ML) for the Space Launch System (SLS) is gaining more of its array of appendages as it prepares to host the Exploration Mission -1…

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Repairs taking place on SpaceX drone ship following SES-11 booster landing


SpaceX’s drone ship “Of Course I Still Love You” is undergoing repairs at Port Canaveral following the return of Falcon 9 booster B1031.2 after launching the SES-11 satellite….

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Spacewalkers complete trio of spacewalks


Two spacewalkers completed the third in a trio of spacewalks on the International Space Station (ISS) to complete vital maintenance on the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS),…