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ILS to launch commercial missions on Angara from 2017


International Launch Services (ILS) has begun to market the Angara launch vehicle for commercial missions. In tandem with Proton-M launches, the Angara will allow ILS to attract additional…

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SpaceX ready for another launch and key Commercial Crew test


SpaceX has conducted a Static Fire test on the next Falcon 9 rocket set to launch out of Florida, tasked with the lofting of the TurkmenistanSat spacecraft on…

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Commercial duo refine upcoming launch dates


SpaceX’s Falcon 9 v1.1 launch of six ORBCOMM OG-2 satellites has seen its launch date tweaked to No Earlier Than (NET) launch date to June 15, pending its…

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Commercial space flight shows reignited interest in the Air Launch system


Virgin Galactic unveiled their new air launch system – called LauncherOne – this week, classing it as a “revolution” in space access for small satellites. However, the concept…

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SpaceX stands down Falcon launch of clandestine Zuma satellite


Just one month after the mission became public – and just seven months after its needed launch date was communicated to SpaceX – the commercial space juggernaut will…

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Long March 4C launches Fengyun-3D and HEAD-1 co-passenger


China launched its latest Fengyun-3 polar orbiting meteorological satellite on Tuesday via a Long March 4C rocket. Launch – which included the HEAD-1 satellite as a co-passenger – took…

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Antares launches with OA-8 Cygnus en route to the ISS


Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket has launched a Cygnus spacecraft on Sunday, beginning the company’s CRS-8 Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station. Liftoff, from Launch Pad…

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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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SpaceX aims for late-December launch of Falcon Heavy


A major question for SpaceX’s end of year manifest appears to be gaining some answers as the company aims to debut its Falcon Heavy rocket in the late-December…

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Orbital ATK Minotaur-C launches SkySat mission out of Vandenberg


Orbital ATK’s Taurus-XL rocket – now renamed Minotaur-C – returned to flight on Tuesday with a commercial mission deploying ten satellites for Planet Labs, six and a half…

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Atlas V successfully launches with NROL-52


United Launch Alliance’s clandestine Atlas V launch in support of the US National Reconnaissance Office finally departed SLC-41 on Sunday, after previously failing to dodge bad weather and…

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Sentinel-5p launches on Russia’s Rokot launch system


The European Space Agency’s Sentinel 5 Precursor satellite launched Friday aboard what could be the penultimate flight of Russia’s Rokot carrier rocket. Liftoff, from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in…

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China returns to action with Long March 2C launch of Yaogan-30 01


After two launch mishaps that casted a shadow on the launch plans for 2017, China conducted a secretive launch from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan province on…

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ILS Proton M successfully launches AsiaSat-9


International Launch Services (ILS) is upping the pace of its Proton-M launches with another mission following on closely from its Amazonas 5 success. The Russian workhorse – along…

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Atlas V launches NROL-42 spy satellite


United Launch Alliance (ULA) launched an Atlas V rocket on Saturday evening, carrying out the classified NROL-42 mission for the United States National Reconnaissance Office. Atlas – delayed…

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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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ILS Proton-M successfully launches Amazonas 5


International Launch Services (ILS) launched its Proton-M launch vehicle with the Amazonas 5 satellite on Monday. The Russian workhorse – along with its Breeze-M upper stage partner –…

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Minotaur IV debuts from the Cape with ORS-5 launch


Orbital ATK’s Minotaur rocket made its first launch from Cape Canaveral Friday, delivering the experimental space surveillance ORS-5 satellite to orbit. The Minotaur IV vehicle lifted off deep…

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Falcon 9 successfully launches Taiwan’s Formosat-5


SpaceX launched its fortieth Falcon 9 Thursday, carrying the Formosat-5 spacecraft for the Taiwan’s National Space Organisation and the Republic of China’s National Space Organisation. The launch, which…

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ASAP still has concerns over Commercial Crew LOC risks


NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) still has a number of concerns over crew safety numbers for the Commercial Crew Program (CCP), notably the guideline Loss of Crew (LOC)…