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Sputnik at 60: Ambition ties first satellite to SpaceX’s BFR, Mars plans


October 4, 1957: a little 83.6 kg (184 lb) object entered the microgravity environment of Low Earth Orbit.  With this unprecedented achievement, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics…

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The Moon, Mars, & around the Earth – Musk updates BFR architecture, plans


Speaking at the 2017 International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia, Elon Musk has laid out a much anticipated update to SpaceX’s Mars colonization plan – including a slightly…

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Atlas V successfully launches with NROL-52


United Launch Alliance’s clandestine Atlas V launch in support of the US National Reconnaissance Office finally departed SLC-41 on Sunday, after previously failing to dodge bad weather and…

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Falcon 9 conducts second launch this week with SES-11 mission


SpaceX launched its third re-flown Falcon 9 rocket Wednesday, carrying the EchoStar-105/SES-11 communications satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit for SES and EchoStar. Liftoff, from Launch Complex 39A at…

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SpaceX conducts static fire on Falcon 9 preparing for SES-11 flight


Following the cheers and gasps of Elon Musk’s latest BFR update in Australia, SpaceX is preparing to return to the bread and butter of its Falcon 9 manifest,…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 conducts static fire as Falcon Heavy waits in the wings


SpaceX has conducted a Static Fire test on the Falcon 9 set to launch the CRS-12 Dragon to the International Space Station (ISS). A successful test on Thursday…

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Installation of new flame deflector for SLS begins on 39B


Engineers have begun to install the new Flame Deflector into the Flame Trench of Pad 39B. Following the demolition of the legacy deflector that catered for the Space…

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SpaceX opens new era for spaceflight with successful core stage reuse


For SpaceX and its founder Elon Musk, it was a day 15 years in the making.  The accomplishment Thursday evening of launching a flight-proven Falcon 9 core stage…

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SpaceX reveals ITS Mars game changer via colonization plan


SpaceX’s Elon Musk has made his landmark speech, finally revealing details of his plans to make humanity a multiplanetary species. In a keynote speech at the International Astronautical Congress in…

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Reusability success on Earth is the proving ground for Mars goals – SpaceX


SpaceX’s Lars Hoffman stated his company’s continued advancements with its reusability goals are not only focused on reducing launch costs, but are aimed at providing a technology roadmap…

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Falcon 9 launches with JCSAT-14 – lands another stage


Making its fourth flight of the year, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket has deployed the JCSAT-14 communications satellite Friday. The mission, which included another – and successful – experimental…

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SpaceX plans to debut Red Dragon with 2018 Mars mission


SpaceX has entered into an agreement with NASA for a Dragon mission to Mars, set to take place as early as 2018. Known as “Red Dragon”, the variant of…

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SpaceX return Dragon to space as Falcon 9 nails ASDS landing


SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft returned to flight Friday with the CRS-8 resupply mission to the International Space Station: a mission which also carries a prototype inflatable module for the…

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SpaceX finally launches Falcon 9 with SES-9


SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket – forced to delay its opening attempts to launch the SES-9 communications satellite – finally launched on Friday evening. The mission, which also involved…

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Final SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 successfully launches Jason-3


SpaceX launched an international ocean research mission Sunday via its Falcon 9 rocket, the final F9 to fly in the v1.1 configuration. Flying from Vandenberg Air Force Base,…

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KSC meeting portrays SLS as scrambling for a manifest plan


An “All-Hands” style meeting was held in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on Monday, overviewing the spaceport’s current and future initiatives. During…

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Blue Origin achieve latest milestone in reusable rocket aspirations


The goal of reusing rocket stages – a major enabler for the reduction of costs associated with launches – landed another milestone this week when Blue Origin conducted…

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SpaceX preparing for Static Fire test on first Full Thrust Falcon 9 First Stage


SpaceX is preparing to conduct the first full duration static fire test on its “full thrust” Falcon 9 first stage. The milestone – set to be conducted at…

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SpaceX DragonFly arrives at McGregor for testing


SpaceX’s DragonFly test vehicle has arrived at its test facility in McGregor, Texas. DragonFly will be attached to a large crane, ahead of a series of test firings…

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Saving Spaceship Dragon – Software to provide contingency chute deploy


SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk has ordered the installation of contingency abort software into all future Dragon cargo spacecraft, providing them with an option to deploy…