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Japanese H-IIA rocket launches Himawari 9 satellite


Japan has launched the Himawari 9 weather satellite on Wednesday afternoon local time, with the aid of its H-IIA rocket. Liftoff from the Tanegashima Space Centre, in Japan’s…

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NASA green lights key phase for Landsat-9’s development


NASA has contracted Orbital ATK via a “delivery order under the Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition III (Rapid III)” contract for construction of the Landsat 9 spacecraft. The latest spacecraft…

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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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Atlas V and Starliner reveal new configuration to mitigate aerodynamic issues


After months of speculation into changes relating to the OML (Outer Mold Line) for the Atlas V and Starliner design, United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Boeing finally revealed…

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Mars 2020 rover receives upgraded eyesight for tricky skycrane landing


When NASA’s next Mars rover – Mars 2020 – arrives at the red planet in four years, it will sport a new and upgraded vision to aide its…

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Delays for Antares as she prepares for comeback mission


The next Cygnus spacecraft is currently undergoing final processing with her Antares launch vehicle, a key milestone ahead of the upcoming launch to the International Space Station (ISS),…

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KSC/Cape braves HURCON I conditions as Matthew passes


Numerous launch facilities at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Cape Canaveral avoided serious impact from Category 3 hurricane Matthew.  The facilities were evacuated of personnel apart from…

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ISRO PSLV conducts SCATSAT-1 launch


ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) has successfully deployed the SCATSAT-1 ocean research satellite as part of an eight-satellite payload due to launch from the Satish Dhawan Space…

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IRIS mission gains extension and Chilean cooperation


NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) satellite has been provided with a mission extension via a $19 million award from the Agency. The extension will also provide additional…

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Israel launches Ofek spy satellite – officials confirm malfunctions


Israel launched its Shavit rocket for the first time since 2014 on Tuesday, carrying an Ofek reconnaissance satellite into low Earth orbit. However, while Israel confirmed the satellite…

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Atlas V begins OSIRIS-REx’s round trip to the asteroid Bennu


NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has began a seven-year round trip to the asteroid Bennu on Thursday, beginning its journey via a launch aboard the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas…

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India’s GSLV successfully launches INSAT 3DR spacecraft


India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) has successfully deployed the INSAT 3DR satellite on Thursday morning. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launch – the first for the GSLV…

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Antares readying for RTF with OA-5 Cygnus, waiting on a launch date


The Return To Flight (RTF) of Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket is currently waiting on a launch date decision, following resolution work after May’s Static Fire test. The launch,…

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Juno provides new data on Jupiter; readies for primary science mission


The Juno spacecraft has beamed back stunning images from its recent – and closest – approach to Jupiter, swinging to within 4,200 km (~2,610 miles) of the largest…

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Long March 4C apparently fails during Gaofen-10 launch


China has unofficially suffered its first failure of the year during the attempt to launch the Gaofen-10 remote sensing satellite from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center on Wednesday….

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Kodiak Island spaceport reopens following 2014 launch failure


A rededication and ribbon cutting ceremony has taken place at the Pacific Spaceport Complex – Alaska (PSCA) to reopen the dual use commercial spaceport after a devastating launch…

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Ariane 5 sets new record via the lofting of Intelsat pair


Arianespace successfully launched its fourth Ariane 5 mission of the year with the deployment of two more telecommunication satellites from the European Spaceport in Kourou on Thursday. The…

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GOES-R next generation weather satellite arrives for Florida processing


The next generation weather satellite, Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite “GOES-R”, has arrived in Florida for pre-launch processing. The spacecraft completed a plane ride inside a USAF C-5 cargo…

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ULA Delta IV successfully launches AFSPC-6 mission


United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully launched a Delta IV rocket in the early hours of Friday morning, carrying out the AFSPC-6 mission for the US Air Force. The…

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NASA updates status and timetable of ambitious Asteroid Redirect Mission


NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) standing committee has presented the NASA Advisory Council with a status update regarding the agency’s direction and execution of the upcoming Asteroid…