Cygnus S.S. John Glenn departs ISS for Week-Long Free Flight for Fire Experiment, CubeSat Release

Orbital ATK’s Cygnus OA-7 resupply craft departed the International Space Station on Sunday after a six-week stay to head for a week-long free flight for the deployment of small CubeSats and the third iteration of NASA’s Spacecraft Fire Experiment

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Falcon 9 sends Dragon on High-Profile ISS Resupply Mission, 1st Stage Return sets new Record Time

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket thundered away from Florida’s Space Coast Saturday afternoon, starting an eight-minute round-trip for its first stage booster and a ten-minute ascent into orbit for the Dragon SpX-11 cargo spacecraft sitting atop the 65-meter tall rocket to head off on a critical resupply mission to the International Space Station.

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Late Afternoon Soyuz Landing Caps Successful Homecoming of Space Station Crew Duo

It was a warm summertime evening in the Kazakh steppe on Friday when a Soyuz Capsule carrying two ISS crew members from France and Russia parachuted to a safe landing one hour before sunset, closing out a half-year space mission that circled the Earth 3,136 times and covered over 130 million Kilometers.

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Record-Setting Ariane 5 Launch Delivers Pair of Landmark Communications Satellites to Orbit

Europe’s Ariane 5 workhorse lit up the night skies over the edge of the Amazon Thursday night, rumbling into orbit on a record-setting mission with a pair of high-powered broadband satellites for the United States and Europe

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Soyuz Spacecraft set for Pre-Sunset Landing with Two Space Station Crew Members

A two-man crew is gearing up for their return to Earth after spending 197 days in space, making over 3,000 orbits around the planet. Russian Cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy and ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet are set for an early evening landing in south-central Kazakhstan on Friday

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Successful H-IIA Launch delivers second Member of Japan’s GPS Augmentation Constellation

A Japanese H-IIA rocket screamed away from the country’s Tanegashima Space Center on Thursday, dispatching an innovative satellite into orbit to join a constellation of spacecraft enhancing the availability and accuracy of Global Positioning System navigation services over the Japanese Islands and Asia-Pacific Region.

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Falcon 9 checks off Static Fire Test ahead of First Dragon Re-Use Mission to ISS

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket – still missing its Dragon spacecraft – rumbled to life for a brief moment on Sunday atop its Kennedy Space Center launch pad for a hold-down engine test to clear the way for liftoff as early as Thursday on the company’s second ISS resupply mission of 2017.

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Electron’s “It’s a Test” successfully reaches Space, falls short of Orbit

Rocket Lab joined the ranks of only a few private companies capable of sending rockets into space, debuting their innovative Electron rocket on Thursday in a long-awaited shakedown mission. However, the rocket fell short of reaching orbit, Rocket Lab said after the test flight.

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Weak Simulations, Inadequate Software & Mismanagement caused Schiaparelli Crash Landing

The European Space Agency concluded its inquiry into the crash landing of the experimental Schiaparelli Mars Lander last October, citing a lack of understanding and modeling of parachute dynamics experienced at high speed, insufficient failure identification and recovery options in the craft’s software and mismanagement of subcontractors & hardware acceptance as contributing factors for the botched landing sequence.

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Launch Week Arrives for Rocket Lab’s Electron

An innovative new rocket relying on electrically-driven engine pumps, 3D-printed components and an all-composite structure stands ready for liftoff atop its New Zealand Launch Pad to become the first in a series of Small Satellite Launch Vehicles to reach the commercial market, offering affordable access to space.

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Arianespace-Operated Soyuz Rocket lifts Multi-Purpose Communications Satellite for SES

A highly sophisticated multi-use communications satellite relying on 3D printed parts and ion propulsion lifted off from French Guiana on Thursday atop a Russian-built Soyuz ST-A rocket, carrying out only its second Geostationary Transfer Mission from the French-operated space port on the edge of the Amazon jungle.

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Expendable Falcon 9 aces heaviest Geotransfer Mission to Date with Inmarsat 5-F4 Mobile Comms Satellite

A powerful satellite is on its way to join Inmarsat’s Global Xpress fleet to deliver seamless global Internet and data connectivity to airline passengers, maritime crew and government users after successfully launching atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Monday.

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