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Progress MS-04/65P fails during launch to the ISS


The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) launched the Progress MS-04/65P resupply mission to the ISS on Thursday at 09:51:52 EST (14:51:52 UTC).  The mission was the third of…

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Research on Space Station is “excellent”, faces a backlog of requests


While a great deal of attention was paid to ISS during its construction phase, the Station – a National Lab of the United States – has been entrenched…

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Destructive re-entry marks end to successful Cygnus OA-5 mission


After nearly one month at the International Space Station, Orbital ATK’s Cygnus OA-5 spacecraft marked the end to its mission with a destructive re-entry on Sunday. Following a resupply…

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Space Station in good health, prepares for busy Expedition 50 period


As part of the normal review process, NASA has updated the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) on the status of the International Space Station – including its overall health,…

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SpaceX prime Falcon 9 rockets for December return


In preparation for a December return to launch operations, SpaceX has delivered one Falcon 9 rocket to its Vandenberg launch site, while another undergoes testing at the company’s…

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Atlas V successfully launches with GOES-R advanced weather satellite


An Atlas V rocket has successfully deployed a next-generation weather satellite for the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Saturday evening. The United Launch Alliance (ULA) rocket launched…

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Software and Service Module cited as main critical paths to EM-1 launch date


A top level overview at NASA’s Advisory Council (NAC) has shown most of the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft flows are on track for a 2018…

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As OA-7 Cygnus moves to Atlas V, high praise noted for Antares RTF


Citing exceptional and beyond performance expectations on the Return To Flight mission of their Antares rocket during the OA-5 launch of the Cygnus resupply craft to the International…

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Atlas V launches WorldView-4 out of Vandenberg


The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket – interrupted by a wildfire – finally conducted a rare commercial launch on Friday, tasked with orbiting the WorldView-4 Earth-imaging…

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SpaceX external cargo manifest through 20th resupply mission revealed


As SpaceX nears completion of its investigation into the AMOS-6 pad conflagration on 1 September 2016, the company is firmly looking toward Return To Flight (RTF) of its…

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NASA creates working group to get Orion ESM back on schedule


NASA is continuing to work towards the historic maiden launch of the Space Launch System (SLS), with the rocket still on schedule to make a 2018 debut. However, the…

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Orbital ATK reviews SRB plans and competitiveness for SLS EM-1 and beyond


With booster casting operations for SLS’s EM-1 mission well underway at Orbital ATK’s manufacturing facility in Utah, the company is looking ahead in terms of how the boosters’…

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China conducts Long March 5 maiden launch


China has successfully conducted the maiden launch of its Long March-5 (Chang Zheng-5) rocket on Thursday, after years of intense development to create a launch vehicle capable of…

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SpaceX conducts Falcon 9 test; AMOS-6 investigation narrows


As SpaceX narrows on a second stage COPV (Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessel) as the cause of the AMOS-6 static fire pad failure on 1 September, the company is…

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Soyuz MS-01 trio return to Earth


Under the command of Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin, Soyuz MS-01 undocked from the ISS on Saturday. With NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi onboard, the trio successfully…

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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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EVA-35 investigation clears suit as ISS prepares for major battery change


An investigation into the water leak in Tim Kopra’s Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) – which forced the early termination of EVA-35 in January – has revealed no hardware…

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Schiaparelli landing data to aid ExoMars 2020 rover


While the final result was not as intended, data from the European Space Agency’s Schiaparelli lander, which failed to make a successful soft landing on the surface of…

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OA-5 Cygnus completes journey to the ISS


Orbital ATK’s latest Cygnus resupply ship completed rendezvous and capture operations with the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday morning. The OA-5 Cygnus – packed with equipment and…

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Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft docks with Expedition 49/50 crew


After nearly a month long delay to fix a technical issue with the spacecraft, the Russian Federal Space Agency’s Soyuz MS-02 human-rated spacecraft launched three new crew members…