Repeatedly-Delayed Cygnus Cargo Mission cleared for Liftoff after clean Launch Readiness Review

The repeatedly-delayed launch of Orbital ATK’s seventh operational Cygnus resupply mission to the International Space Station has been cemented for next Tuesday after launch services provider United Launch Alliance completed a clean Launch Readiness Review

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China’s Long March 3B Lofts Shijian-13 Satellite to Test High-Throughput Communications & Ion Drive

China’s Long March 3B rocket blasted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Wednesday, lofting into orbit the country’s first high-throughput communications satellite that is set for an experimental mission to test out electric propulsion and laser communications.

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Twice-Flown Falcon 9 Booster pulls into Port Canaveral for Well-Deserved Retirement

SpaceX’s twice-flown Falcon 9 booster pulled into Florida’s Port Canaveral at sunrise on Tuesday, rounding up its second trip to the edge of space and back to lift the company’s reuse ambitions to the next level via proving Falcon 9 first stages can be flown repeatedly.

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Crew Emergency Egress System Installed at Atlas V Launch Pad ahead of Starliner Missions

A zipline system designed to carry astronauts to safety in case of an on-pad anomaly finished installation into the Crew Access Tower at Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 41 from where crews will take off aboard Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft as early as 2018 atop Atlas V rockets.

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Orbital ATK Advances Next-Generation Launch Vehicle Design through Critical Review Stage

Orbital ATK on Monday announced major progress on the company’s Next Generation Launch Vehicle (NGL), outlining design details of an intermediate- and large-class space launch vehicle capable of serving the commercial and government launch market.

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ULA Receives Contract Modifications for 2020 National Reconnaissance Office Launches

The U.S. Air Force has awarded United Launch Alliance two launch contracts for classified National Reconnaissance Office Missions targeting liftoff in 2020 atop Atlas V and Delta IV Heavy rockets.

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