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Air Force’s X-37B lands at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility


After several false dawns, the US Air Force’s X-37B mini-spaceplane has landed at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for the first time. With local reports of a sonic…

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Air Force reveals plan for up to 48 launches per year from Cape Canaveral


Following the successful launch of a Delta IV rocket with the WGS-9 satellite Saturday night, Brigadier General Wayne R. Monteith and Major General David D. Thompson of 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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SpaceX ready to compete in the EELV launch market via Air Force agreement


Often cited as a highly contentious issue by SpaceX head Elon Musk, the stranglehold on the US Air Force market appears to be loosening, following a Memorandum of…

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Endeavour heading to California for Sunday landing at Edwards Air Force Base


STS-126 marked Endeavour’s EOM-1 (End Of Mission minus one day) with checkouts of the orbiter’s vital systems that will be used during Sunday’s re-entry, and the deployment of…

Delta II launches with US Air Force’s GPS IIR-17M


A United Launch Alliance Delta II 7925-9.5 launch vehicle has lifted-off with the US Air Force’s Global Positioning System (GPS) IIR-17M satellite. Launch was at 8:23am Eastern, from…

Air Force/Lockheed plot new launch vehicle


Fresh off the US Air Force announcement of the SIV Space Test Program’s “Standard Interface Vehicle” (STP-SIV), Lockheed Martin have revealed they have won an initial contract for…

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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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Airbus Safran promotes launch record ahead of Ariane 6 entering production


Airbus Safran Launchers, which now owns the majority stake in Arianespace, has issued a statement of intent, promoting Ariane 5’s track record as it prepares to enter the…

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NASA moves to enforce early switch to EUS for SLS


NASA managers have placed a “stop work order” in relation to the human-rating of the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (lCPS) for the Space Launch System (SLS). The stage,…

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Astronauts repair ISS power Channel – first spacewalk for UK ends early


A pair of astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) conducted a shortened spacewalk to replace a failed electrical component, in order to restore the station to its…

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Debris from old Russian satellite forced ISS crew into contingency ops


Life aboard the International Space Station (ISS) has returned to normal after a late conjunction threat forced the Station’s crew into contingency operations. The implementation of Flight Rule…

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Dream Chaser lines up network of public airport landing options


Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has presented an overview on the wealth of potential landing site options available to its Dream Chaser spacecraft, outlining how the company could add…

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Commercial space flight shows reignited interest in the Air Launch system


Virgin Galactic unveiled their new air launch system – called LauncherOne – this week, classing it as a “revolution” in space access for small satellites. However, the concept…

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Shuttle Carrier Aircraft arrives at KSC ahead of Discovery’s final journey


Kicking off what will be a highly emotional period for the space program, NASA 905 – the remaining Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) – arrived at the Kennedy Space…

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Director Cabana makes emotional tribute to the Kennedy workforce


Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Director Bob Cabana has spoken of his emotions during and after the final NASA Space Shuttle mission, ranging from launch day, through to seeing…

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ET-137 deep into repairs and modifications – ATV-2 likely to aid launch date


Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) technicians and engineers are working hard to replace, repair and modify numerous stringers on Discovery’s External Tank (ET-137), as…

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STS-133: ET-137 ahead on repairs as Cain dismisses schedule pressure claims


With the focus firmly placed on the repairs, inspections and required flight rationale for the LOX/Intertank flange stringers, hopes have being raised of a positive outcome by the end…

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EVA-2: OBSS PTU Cable Repair and P6 Battery R&R worked by STS-132


As STS-132 reaches its half-way point, astronauts Steve Bowen and Mike Good have ventured outside the Station/Shuttle complex to conduct the second of three planned EVAs of the mission…

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STS-130: Managers ask worried workforce to focus as countdown begins


STS-130 has moved into S0007 (Launch Countdown) operations, ahead of Endeavour’s Sunday morning launch from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). The mission comes shortly after NASA Administrator Charlie…