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U.S. debates Atlas V RD-180 engine ban, ULA’s non-bid for military launch


The U.S. Congress is debating the reinstatement of a purchasing ban on Russian RD-180 engines – the heart of the Atlas V core stage.  Congress lifted that ban in…

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U.S. Presidential candidates weigh in on space program


The 2016 United States Presidential primary races will see their first round of voting on February 1st when the Iowa Caucuses allow voters to make their first official…

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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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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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Rocket Lab’s Electron conducts inaugural flight from New Zealand


The U.S.-based Rocket Lab corporation has entered the commercial launch market with the maiden flight of its Electron rocket on Thursday morning (UTC).  The small-scale launcher will cater…

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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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ExoMars completes crucial orbit insertion, hope lost for lander


After a seven month cruise between worlds, ESA and Russia’s Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and the Italian Space Agency’s Schiaparelli lander arrived for their crucial orbit insertion burn (TGO)…

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DARPA pushing new effort with Experimental Spaceplane, XS-1


Citing increasing U.S. launch costs and the “fleeing” of commercial customers to foreign launch service providers, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is continuing to push a…

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NASA awards CRS2 contracts to SpaceX, Orbital ATK, and Sierra Nevada


NASA has announced the contract award winners for the Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) phase of the agency’s ongoing partnership with commercial companies for cargo resupply of the International…

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MAVEN arrives at Mars for atmospheric study mission


After a 10 month journey between planets, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft has arrived at the Mars on Sunday, 21 September 2014 for a mission dedicated to detailed exploration of the Martian…

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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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Assessing the Martian atmosphere: MAVEN prepares for launch


With less than 18 days to go before the beginning of NASA’s next scheduled mission to Mars, engineers and vehicle processing personnel at the Cape Canaveral Air Force…

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From Space Station to Moon Base – Bigelow expands on inflatable ambitions


Two months after signing a non-funded Space Act Agreement (SAA) with NASA, Bigelow Aerospace has made great progress toward identifying new ideas for private-public partnerships for human space…

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Space Shuttle Enterprise – The Orbiter that started it all


For 30 years, the Space Shuttle orbiters Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour wowed millions with their thunderous climbs to orbit, their graceful orbital dances with satellites, Hubble,…

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SpaceX adds mystery “Zuma” mission, Iridium-4 aims for Vandenberg landing


In what has already been a busy year for SpaceX, the commercial launch provider is adding one more mission to its jammed-packed end-of-year schedule.  A mysterious mission codenamed…

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Iridium marks new satellite network, 20 healthy satellites & 55 more to launch


With just 20 satellites of the Iridium Next constellation in orbit, Iridium Communications’ six remaining launches with SpaceX over the next year will place their entire 75 satellite…

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Bulgariasat launch realigns; SpaceX secures X-37B launch contract


SpaceX has realigned the launch date for the Bulgariasat-1 mission, which due to a two day launch delay with CRS-11 is now targeting launch No Earlier Than Saturday,…

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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…

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NASA green lights key phase for Landsat-9’s development


NASA has contracted Orbital ATK via a “delivery order under the Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition III (Rapid III)” contract for construction of the Landsat 9 spacecraft. The latest spacecraft…

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Exploring President Obama’s support for space one month before an election


U.S. President Barack Obama has lent his eager support toward growing commercial space endeavours as well as government and private efforts to take humans to Mars.  However, his…