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NEEMO preparing for 13 days underwater mission to sim NEO exploration


October’s NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) mission, based at the Aquarius underwater habitat in Key Largo, Florida, is set to begin this week – weather permitting. The…

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Desert RATS: Field tests simulating NEO and Mars Missions


NASA’s Desert Research and Technology Studies (RATS) are working through a series of tests in Flagstaff, Arizona – tests which will provide the opening baselines for manned missions…

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Orion ESM begins hot fire testing at White Sands


The Orion European Service Module (ESM) Propulsion Qualification Module (PQM) is in the opening phases of testing – including hot firings – at the White Sands Test Facility…

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SpaceX and Boeing in home stretch for Commercial Crew readiness


With just one year to go until the scheduled completion of all uncrewed and crewed test flights for SpaceX and Boeing’s commercial crew transportation services, the NASA Advisory…

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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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Vostochny Cosmodrome undergoes maintenance work


The Vostochny Cosmodrome – a key part of Russia’s future space launch ambitions – has undergone a maintenance period ahead of what will be its second launch. The…

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Vega successfully launches VENµS and OPTSAT 3000


Arianespace’s small launcher, the Vega rocket, successfully conducted the launch of the VENµS and OPTSAT 3000 satellites on Tuesday evening in what was the seventh Earth observation mission…

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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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TDRS-M given priority over CRS-12 Dragon as launch dates realign


Launch delays are sometimes part of the equation in determining when specific missions launch in relation to each other.  Sometimes, those delays occur to missions for the same…

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Falcon Heavy prepares for debut flight as Musk urges caution on expectations


Developing rockets is difficult – even when those rockets use existing rocket boosters.  Such is the case for SpaceX and the development of the Falcon Heavy.  Once operational,…

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TDRS-M launch date under review following pre-launch incident


NASA and Boeing are reviewing the status of the TDRS-M launch date following an incident relating to an antenna during the spacecraft’s final launch processing to launch. The spacecraft’s…

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Long March 3B lofts ChinaSat 9A – third stage issue reported


Three days after the successful launch of the Huiyan (HXMT) X-ray space telescope, China was back in action with the launch of a new communications satellite from the…

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Japan’s H-IIA conducts Michibiki-2 launch


Japan’s H-IIA rocket launched the second navigation satellite in the country’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System in the first of three launches scheduled for Thursday. Liftoff for the Michibiki-2 satellite…

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SpaceX static fires CRS-11 Falcon 9 Sunday ahead of ISS mission


SpaceX has static fired their Falcon 9 rocket tasked with lofting the CRS-11/SPX-11 Dragon resupply mission to the International Space Station on Sunday ahead of a planned launch…

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MAF in major push to bring SLS production back to full thrust


Impacted by significant disruptions in recent months, a wide range of assembly and production work for the Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage nevertheless continues at the Michoud…

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Vector Space completes first test flight, aims for small sat market expansion


Vector Space has conducted a crucial test of their Vector-R rocket that the company hopes will expand the small satellite launch market via small-scale launchers.  As SpaceX has…

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SLS Core Stage team recovering from consequences of weld pin change


NASA and Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage prime contractor Boeing recently resumed welding elements for the launch vehicle’s first flight after a technical issue suspended welding last…

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The Grand Finale: Cassini enters final mission


Nearly 20 years after launch and almost 13 years at the majestic ringed planet, the Cassini spacecraft is about to enter the final phase of its historic mission….

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Soyuz MS-02 returns three person crew back to Earth


Three crew members from the International Space Station (ISS) have completed their journey back to Earth on Monday, with undocking of their Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft occurring at 3:57…

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NASA finally sets goals, missions for SLS – eyes multi-step plan to Mars


After years without concrete missions beyond the current EM-2 test flight, NASA has finally unveiled a plan for multiple missions of its SLS rocket.  The plan would see…