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Falcon 9 Block 4 debut a success, Dragon arrives for Station berthing


After launching right on time in a rare single day launch window on Monday afternoon, SpaceX’s Dragon capsule for the SpX-12/CRS-12 mission arrived at the International Space Station…

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KSC evaluating the groundwork challenges for SLS Block 1B upgrades


NASA’s monster rocket will evolve into an even larger vehicle early in her lifetime, as the Block 1 rocket grows into the workhorse known as the Block 1B….

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SLS Block 1B Universal Stage Adapter set for boosting payload options


As part of its transition to the powerful Block 1B variant of the Space Launch System (SLS) with the Exploration Upper Stage (EUS), NASA is working on a…

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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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ULA Delta IV successfully lofts sixth Block IIF GPS satellite


The United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully launched the US Air Force’s sixth Block IIF GPS satellite atop a Delta IV rocket on Friday. Liftoff from Space Launch Complex…

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Wind Tunnel testing conducted on SLS configurations, including Block 1B


With the Space Launch System (SLS) family heading towards the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) phase, engineers at two NASA centers have conducted wind tunnel testing on scales models…

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STS-133 rolls out to 39A – Managers call for ET-122 radius block installation


Discovery has completed her journey back out to Pad 39A with her modified External Tank (ET-137), with first motion at 8pm local on Monday evening, following an issue-free…

Delta II launch success with GPS Block IIR


A Lockheed Martin GPS Block IIR-16 satellite has launched on a Boeing Delta II launch vehicle Friday. Lift-off was at 19:13 GMT (2:13 pm EST). Both Boeing and…

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Protecting SLS from Fire and Ice – TPS foam application proceeding at MAF


NASA and prime contractor Boeing are deep into the application of spray-on foam insulation (SOFI) to elements of the first Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage (CS-1) and…

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NASA evaluates EM-2 launch options for Deep Space Gateway PPE


While NASA engages spacecraft industry help in studying concepts for design, development, test, and evaluation of the Power Propulsion Element (PPE), it is also studying where the anchor…

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Orion spacecraft enjoying calmer seas ahead of All-Hands review


Preparations involving the Exploration Mission -1 (EM-1) Orion are enjoying a relatively trouble-free processing flow at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Milestones are being reached on all of…

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SpaceX static fires Zuma Falcon 9; engine test anomaly no issue for manifest


SpaceX has conducted the important static fire of the Falcon 9 rocket that will be tasked with lofting the secretive Zuma payload to Low Earth Orbit next Wednesday….

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SLS managers rally the troops to avoid EM-1 slip into 2020


With the Exploration Mission -1 (EM-1) launch date now officially set for the end of 2019, Space Launch System (SLS) managers have been sending out memos to 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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Crew Access Arm arrives as SLS Mobile Launcher takes shape


The huge Mobile Launcher (ML) for the Space Launch System (SLS) is gaining more of its array of appendages as it prepares to host the Exploration Mission -1…

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Iridium-4 switches to flight-proven Falcon 9, RTLS at Vandenberg delayed


Iridium Communications – in the midst of launching their next generation communications constellation – has formally signed an agreement with SpaceX to utilize flight-proven Falcon 9 boosters on…

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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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Japan’s H-2A conducts QZSS-4 launch


Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries launched an H-IIA (H-2A) rocket Tuesday (local time) carrying the country’s QZSS-4 navigation satellite. The rocket departed from the picturesque Tanegashima Space Centre on…

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Parker Solar Probe in integrated testing, launch on track for July 2018


Engineers at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, have attached the Parker Solar Probe’s solar shadow-shield for final, integrated vehicle testing ahead of launch.  The probe, which…

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SLS EM-1 & -2 launch dates realign; EM-3 gains notional mission outline


Following a series of issues over the last year with the Core Stage for the first flight of the Space Launch System rocket, the launch dates for both…