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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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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…

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Piecing together NASA’s crewed Deep Space spacecraft


The first Orion spacecraft that will be capable of transporting NASA astronauts into deep space is now being constructed. Although it won’t launch until 2022 at the earliest,…

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CRS-12 Dragon completes her ISS mission with splashdown return


SpaceX’s CRS-12 Dragon unberthed from the ISS ahead of a return to a Pacific Ocean splashdown on Sunday, concluding the spacecraft’s latest resupply mission. Dragon returned with 3,800 pounds…

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Preparing the adaptor – LVSA readies for SLS debut


NASA is getting ready to apply spray-on foam insulation (SOFI) to the outside of the Launch Vehicle Stage Adapter (LVSA) that will fly as a part of the…

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Soyuz MS-06 arrives with three more crewmembers for the ISS


Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos along with Flight Engineers Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba of NASA have completed a fast track transit to the International Space Station (ISS) on…

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SpaceX in final preps for Falcon 9’s first mission with X-37B


SpaceX has conducted a Static Fire test on a Falcon 9 rocket Thursday, a key milestone ahead of the rocket’s first launch of a U.S. Air Force X-37B spaceplane…

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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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Japanese H-IIA launches with QZS-3


Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries launched an H-IIA rocket on Saturday (05:30 UTC), carrying the third spacecraft for the country’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System of GPS augmentation satellites. The H-IIA…