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Flight proven Falcon 9 to launch previously flown Dragon to ISS


SpaceX will launch a flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket Friday to deploy a Dragon spacecraft on the CRS-13 resupply mission to the International Space Station. The launch, which will…

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RS-25 hot fires with 3D printed Pogo – Facility issue cuts test short


Following closely on the heels of certifying one set of RS-25 engine upgrades and updates for the first Space Launch System (SLS) flights, NASA and RS-25 prime contractor…

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Blue Origin flies Mannequin Skywalker during successful New Shepard test


Blue Origin returned to its impressive New Shepard test flight program with a new phase of upgrades on the path towards flying paying customers into suborbit. The latest…

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Ariane 5 ES lofts another set of Galileo quadruplets


An Ariane 5 ES rocket has lofted another four Galileo satellites from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on Tuesday. The launch – the 11th of the year…

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Rocket Lab reattempting second Electron launch


Rocket Lab will try again with its second attempt to launch its Electron rocket from the Māhia Peninsula from the North Island of New Zealand’s eastern coast on…

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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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“Flawless” OA-8E Cygnus departs ISS for 12 days of free-flight activities


Following last month’s launch and berthing to the International Space Station, the eighth Cygnus resupply mission to the orbital outpost has departed the ISS for 12 days of…

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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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MAF simulating SLS engine installation with RS-25 pathfinder


Engineers at the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans are using a pathfinder RS-25 engine to practice the installation of engines on the Core Stage of the…

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Iridium NEXT-4 on track for December launch from Vandenberg


While SpaceX continues to investigate a payload fairing issue, the company’s only two confirmed December missions remain on track for their respective launches, including Iridium NEXT-4.  The Iridium…

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Soyuz 2-1B launch with Meteor-M ends in apparent Fregat-M failure


Russia’s Soyuz-2-1b rocket launched with the Meteor-M weather satellite on Tuesday, alongside an international secondary payload of eighteen small satellites. However, the Fregat Upper Stage suffered an apparent…

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Boeing Starliner trio preparing for test flights


Boeing is progressing through various stages of assembling the first three CST-100 Starliner spacecraft – the latter of which will launch a NASA crew on a test flight…

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Dream Chaser through critical landing test, prepares for orbital flights


With Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser spaceplane through a successful and critical Approach and Landing Test milestone, the company is now shifting gears to focus on the all-important…

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Mars InSight mission passes TVAC testing ahead of 2018 launch


NASA’s “Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight)” mission has received another boost ahead of launch, as the spacecraft passed its Thermal vacuum (TVAC) milestone…

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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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Delta II launches on penultimate mission with JPSS-1


United Launch Alliance (ULA) launched – at the third attempt – the penultimate Delta II mission on Saturday, carrying the JPSS-1 weather satellite on its path to orbit…

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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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OA-8 Cygnus arrives and berths at the ISS


Orbital ATK’s Cygnus resupply ship has completed its rendezvous at the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday morning. Cygnus launched to orbit on Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket from Wallops…

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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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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….