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Captain Cassidy – From Navy SEAL to Chief of the Astronaut Office


US Navy Captain Chris Cassidy, once described as “Chuck Norris, minus the restrictions of gravity”, has become the new Chief of the Astronaut Office. Capt. Cassidy amassed 182…

Lindsey briefs astronaut corp on USA 193 risks


Astronaut chief Steve Lindsey claims the risk from orbital debris to the International Space Station (ISS) will be negligible to nonexistent, after the US Navy shoots down the…

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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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Soyuz MS-04 lands as Peggy Whitson ends record-breaking mission


After four and a half months in space, Roscosmos’ Soyuz MS-04 returned three spaceflight veterans to Earth – including one who has been on orbit far longer than…

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Soyuz MS-05 returns Station back to full crew


The Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, has launched three new crewmembers to the International Space Station aboard the Soyuz MS-05 vehicle.  Liftoff was on schedule at 15:41 GMT…

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NASA will not put a crew on EM-1, cites cost – not safety – as main reason


In what is a highly welcomed, if not somewhat surprising decision, NASA has officially announced that they will not place a crew onboard the first SLS flight, the EM-1…

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Soyuz MS-04 delivers two-member crew to ISS


The Soyuz MS-04 crew successfully launched atop a Soyuz-FG carrier rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday, with two new crewmembers for Expedition 51.  Liftoff occurred…

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SLC-41 completes EES installation ahead of Starliner missions


An Emergency Egress System (EES) has completed its installation into the Crew Access Tower (CAT) at Space Launch Complex -41 (SLC-41) in preparation for Atlas V launches with…

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Investigating the potential of including a crew on the maiden flight of SLS


With NASA’s management officially informing the workforce that evaluations are taking place into installing a crew on to the first flight of the Space Launch System (SLS), the…

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Soyuz MS-03 completes ISS docking with Expedition 50 crew


Following quick on the heels of the Soyuz MS-02 launch on 19 October, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) launched the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft this week, ahead of…

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Soyuz TMA-20M docks and delivers three new crewmembers to the ISS


A Russian Soyuz TMA-20M spacecraft launched three new crewmembers en route to the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday. Launch occurred from pad No. 1 at the Baikonur…

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NASA examines options and flight paths for SLS EM-2 mission


As NASA and its contracted partner agencies press forward toward the debut launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket in 2018, the U.S. space agency is beginning…

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The Challenger seven remembered 30 years after STS-51L


Today marks the 30th anniversary of the loss of the Space Shuttle Challenger and her seven crewmembers in the skies over Florida. As the world memorializes the tragic event of January 28, 1986,…

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Cygnus returns to space via Atlas V launch


Orbital ATK’ Cygnus resupply spacecraft finally returned to flight on Sunday following weather scrubs over numerous recent attempts. Riding United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket uphill a year…

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NASA evaluating CCP Loss Of Crew and Mishap procedures


NASA’s transition from the Space Shuttle to the commercial crew vehicles will dramatically improve crew safety parameters relating to the transportation of astronauts to the International Space Station…

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NASA evaluting modified Shuttle ACES for Asteroid EVA


NASA experts are evaluating the use of a modified version of the famous Space Shuttle launch and entry suit – or Advanced Crew Escape Suit (ACES) – for…

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Antares 130 debut with fourth Cygnus ready for second attempt


Orbital Sciences Corporation – with their new version of their Antares rocket – will make a second attempt to loft the fourth Cygnus mission to the International Space…

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NASA confirms EUS for SLS Block IB design and EM-2 flight


Following internal conversations regarding the upper stage design for the forthcoming second flight of the Space Launch System (SLS)  – named Exploration Mission -2 (EM-2) – NASA has…

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Evolving plans: No human rating for ICPS for SLS EM-1 mission


With SLS on track to make its debut launch in December 2017 from Launch Complex 39B at the Kennedy Space Center, NASA continues its efforts to refine the…

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From Shuttle to SS2 – Sturckow joins Virgin Galactic


Space Shuttle veteran Frederick “CJ” Sturckow has joined Virgin Galactic’s commercial flight team. The retired U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Colonel has been joined by retired U.S. Air Force…