NASA’s Newest Tracking & Data Relay Satellite Sails into Orbit aboard ULA Atlas V Rocket

The rumble of an Atlas V rocket returned to Cape Canaveral on Friday after a four-month gap when ULA’s workhorse rocket blasted off with a critical reinforcement for NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System, providing extension coverage to maintain the agency’s prime space communications program.

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TDRSS Reinforcement to Head into Orbit on Friday atop Atlas V Rocket

A reinforcement for NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System stands ready for liftoff atop an Atlas V rocket on Friday to join the critical communications system used by the agency to keep in contact with Astronauts aboard the International Space Station, beam down images from the Hubble Space Telescope and relay data to and from critical Earth-observation satellites

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Successful Monday Commute to Orbit for Dragon Cargo Craft, Falcon 9 aces another Landing

Mice, a supercomputer, small satellites and a new state-of-the-art particle detector roared into clear skies over Florida’s Space Coast on Monday aboard the twelfth regular Dragon cargo spacecraft launching atop SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.

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Falcon 9 Checks Off Static Fire Test for Next Dragon Launch to Deliver Cargo to ISS

SpaceX checked off a Static Fire Test on the Falcon 9 slated for launch on Monday with the Dragon SpX-12 cargo vehicle to the International Space Station to deliver science cargo and provisions for the Station’s six-person crew plus a state-of-the-art particle detector to measure ultra-high energy particles from the distant universe

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ISS Completes Scheduled Reboost, External Robots Fetch Failed Power Unit for Internal Repairs

The International Space Station conducted a scheduled orbital reboost on Wednesday amid ongoing robotics work to move a failed power switching unit to the interior of the Station for a first-of-its-kind repair attempt in orbit that could pave the way for future component repairs on long-duration missions into the Solar System.

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Russian-U.S.-Italian Crew Trio Arrives at ISS after Express Soyuz Rendezvous

A Russian Commander and Flight Engineers from the U.S. and Italy lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at sunset on Friday, riding a Soyuz FG rocket into orbit to embark on an express rendezvous with the International Space Station that took them to their orbital destination just over six hours after launch.

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SpaceX cuts Plans for Powered Dragon Landings, places Focus on Commercial Crew

SpaceX decided against the company’s previous plan of having their next generation Dragon spacecraft return to Earth via a powered landing to bring back cargo and crews from the International Space Station, company chief Elon Musk said on Wednesday at the International Space Station Research and Development Conference in Washington.

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