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NASA preparing letter to Congress to explain EM-1 slip


As NASA’s Exploration Systems Development (ESD) prepares for the upcoming review of its plans for Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), program management is preparing to formally notify Congress of the…

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SpaceX tests Vandenberg Falcon 9 amid schedule realignment


SpaceX has static fired a Falcon 9 at the Vandenberg Air Force Base ahead of a mission to launch the next set of Iridium NEXT satellites. The test…

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Qualifying the life saver – LAS set for two more tests ahead of EM-2


Following Orbital ATK successful test-firing of an Orion launch abort system (LAS) abort motor at their Promontory facility in Utah on June 15, two more qualification tests will…

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Progress MS-06 docks; mission to remove Pirs module delayed


Roscosmos has launched – and docked – the Progress MS-06 resupply mission to the International Space Station.  Liftoff occurred at 15:20:13 local time (05:20:13 EDT) from the Baikonur…

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SpaceX static fire next Falcon 9 – another flight proven booster


SpaceX has conducted a static fire test on the next Falcon 9 to launch from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), a launch that will mark the second time…

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OA-7 Cygnus completes End of Mission; OA-8 looks to Sept launch


After a mission lasting under two months, Orbital ATK’s OA-7 Cygnus spacecraft has conducted its final mission event – deorbit and destructive reentry.  After departing the Space Station…

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ASAP on board with NASA’s DSG as stepping stone to Mars


NASA’s major push towards building a new outpost near the Moon has received encouraging words from its key safety advisory body. NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) was…

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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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SpaceX’s CRS-11 Dragon captured by Station for a second time


For the first time since 2011, a previously-flown spacecraft has arrived at the International Space Station.  The CRS-11 Dragon from SpaceX – which was previously used on the…

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ISS crew bid early farewell to OA-7 Cygnus, the S.S. John Glenn


In a move that came as a surprise, NASA decided to unberth the Cygnus OA-7 resupply craft from the ISS over a month ahead of schedule.  The move…

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Falcon 9 launches with CRS-11 Dragon on 100th 39A launch


SpaceX launched its first re-used Dragon spacecraft aboard a Falcon 9 on Saturday, beginning the CRS-11 resupply mission to the International Space Station. The first attempt was scrubbed…

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Soyuz MS-03 undocks, conducts rare two-person landing


In what is a rare event in recent history, the Russian Federal Space Agency has returned the Soyuz MS-03 crew capsule from the International Space Station with just two…

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KSC’s historic Pad 39B laying the foundations for hosting big rockets


While most of the recent attention has been on its next door neighbor, Pad 39B is making good progress towards its new role in hosting the Space Launch…

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SpaceX static fires CRS-11 Falcon 9 Sunday ahead of ISS mission


SpaceX has static fired their Falcon 9 rocket tasked with lofting the CRS-11/SPX-11 Dragon resupply mission to the International Space Station on Sunday ahead of a planned launch…

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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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Testing the controller – RS-25 hot fire test for SLS


The RS-25 engine team has performed the latest hot-fire test in the A-1 test stand at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi on Tuesday. NASA, RS-25 prime contractor…

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Spacewalkers successfully complete EVA to replace failed EXT-1 MDM


Two spacewalkers – NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer – performed a short EVA on Tuesday to replace a recently failed piece of critical command and control…

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Vector Space aims to expand launch ranges with minimal infrastructure pads


Vector Space Systems, a startup small satellite launch service, is hoping to revolutionize the launch market not just through a dramatic reduction in cost for launch operations for…

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Arianespace Soyuz ST-A launches with SES-15


The Arianespace Soyuz ST-A rocket was in action on Thursday, tasked with the lofting of the SES-15 satellite. The launch was only the second time this rocket has…