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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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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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Chinese Long March 3B lofts Alcomsat-1 for Algeria


China is continuing to pick up its launch cadence via the launch of a new communications satellite for Algeria on Sunday. The Alcomsat-1 satellite was orbited by a…

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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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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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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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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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Iridium satellite communication aids Caribbean/Puerto Rico recovery efforts


The unprecedented destruction and humanitarian crises spawned by Hurricanes Maria and Irma revealed the significant role satellite communications play in disaster relief – especially in the Caribbean, where…

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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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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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Sputnik at 60: Ambition ties first satellite to SpaceX’s BFR, Mars plans


October 4, 1957: a little 83.6 kg (184 lb) object entered the microgravity environment of Low Earth Orbit.  With this unprecedented achievement, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics…

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Ariane 5 launches Intelsat 37e & BSAT-4a at second attempt


Arianespace conducted the fifth Ariane 5 launch of the year with the lofting of the Intelsat 37e & BSAT-4a satellites from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on Friday….

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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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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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New Horizons might get more flyby targets; Pluto features get official names


More than two years after New Horizons flew past Pluto, becoming the first human-made object to visit the dwarf planet, numerous surface features discovered and explored by the…

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Farewell, Cassini: a 20 year mission to Saturn comes to a life-protecting end


Goodbye, Cassini.  And thank you.  After a 20-year mission, 13 in orbit of Saturn, Cassini dived one last time for Saturn’s atmosphere.  Over the course of its years…

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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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38 years after Pioneer 11, Cassini enters final 2 weeks of Saturnian mission


Exactly 38 years to the day after Pioneer 11 became the first spacecraft to encounter the planet Saturn, NASA’s flagship mission to the ringed planet, Cassini, is entering…

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Indian PSLV launch with IRNSS replacement satellite suffers apparent failure


ISRO launched a PSLV Thursday carrying a replacement satellite for the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) constellation. The IRNSS-1H satellite launched on schedule from the Second Launch…