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ISS set for first commercial airlock for external payloads and cubesats


The International Space Station (ISS) is set to gain another addition in 2019, with the announcement of a milestone being achieved with the goal of launching a commercial…

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PSLV launches Resourcesat-2A imaging satellite


India has launched its Resourcesat-2A imaging satellite on Wednesday morning via its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket. The ISRO launch, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, occurred…

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NASA Lunar Imaging CubeSat – SkyFire – to ride with EM-1


NASA’s aim to provide a ride to numerous secondary payloads on the debut mission for the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion has resulted in Lockheed Martin signing…

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Free CubeSat rideshares offered by ULA for Atlas V launches


United Launch Alliance (ULA) will begin adding a cubesat dispenser on to its Atlas V missions from 2017, allowing for the launch of up to 24 cubesats alongside its…

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ESA’s experimental space plane gearing up for November debut


The European Space Agency (ESA) Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) is enjoying a stay in Holland ahead of being shipped to Kourou, French Guiana to meet up with her Vega launch…

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NASA and ESA’s Cassini spacecraft marks 10 years at Saturn


Ten years ago today (Monday, June 30), NASA made history as the Cassini spacecraft became the first human-made satellite of Saturn – beginning an orbital tenure that has…

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ESA involved in effort to improve the eyesight of spacecraft


The European Space Agency (ESA) will test new rendezvous sensors on their next Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The Laser InfraRed Imaging Sensors (LIRIS)…

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ESA and CNES fire up POD-X to investigate solid motor oscillations


ESA’s Future Launchers Preparatory Program and France’s CNES space agency have test fired the Pressure Oscillation Demonstrator eXperimental (POD-X) motor at the French military procurement agency test site. The test…

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ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft stirred from its long hibernation


ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has awoken from its 957 days in slumber on Monday, ahead of its mission to rendezvous with the Churyumov–Gerasimenko comet in August. The spacecraft awakening was…

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Russian Rockot successfully launches Swarm trio for ESA


A Russian Rockot (Rokot) launch vehicle has lofted three identical satellites for the European Space Agency (ESA) on Friday. Launch of the three Swarm spacecraft took place at…

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ESA and Roscosmos sign ExoMars deal following NASA refocus


The European Space Agency (ESA) and the Russian federal space agency, Roscosmos, have announced their partnership on the ExoMars programme. The deal will result in two major Mars…

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Orion’s ATV Service Module deal may allow ESA astro on EM-2 mission


As was expected, NASA and ESA managers announced the European Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) will live on as the bulk of the Orion Service Module. With an emphasis…

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UK steps up, as ESA commit to ATV Service Module on NASA’s Orion


The European Space Agency (ESA) have announced they will inform NASA they are ready to build an ATV derived Service Module for Orion, to be ready for the…

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ESA sign big money deal with Astrium UK for Solar Orbiter


On the 50th anniversary of Britain’s first journey into space, the European Space Agency (ESA) have signed a 300 million Euro deal with Astrium UK – one of…

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ESA and Arianespace closing in on Vega’s debut launch


A new launch vehicle will be born in the coming weeks, as the small orbital launch vehicle “Vega” prepares for its long awaiting launch from the Guiana Space…

Ariane 5 ECA launches with Nilesat-201 and RASCOM-QAF1R


Following a scrub-prone launch campaign in June, Arianespace have enjoyed first-time success with Wednesday’s launch of their Ariane 5 ECA vehicle – her third mission of the year….

China launch VENESAT-1 – debut bird for Venezuela


China has launched Venezuelan’s first satellite, Simon Bolivar (or VENESAT-1 – the UN official designation), Wednesday. Simon Bolivar was orbited by a CZ-3B Chang Zheng-3B (CZ3B-11) launch vehicle,…

India launch debut moon mission in collaboration with NASA and ESA


The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched their Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft on their debut mission to the moon. A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-XL-C11) lifted-off from Sriharikota, India…

ESA/Columbus ready for STS-122


Europe’s patience with NASA’s successful efforts to safely return the shuttle to flight will soon be rewarded with the flight of their Columbus module to the International Space…

Minotaur launches with TacSat-2/GeneSat-2


An Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC) Minotaur I launch vehicle has blasted off from NASA Wallops Flight Facility this morning, carrying the TacSat-2 and GeneSat-1 satellites. Liftoff was at…