Cape Canaveral Spaceport Braces for Major Hurricane Irma

One of the world’s prime space launch sites is bracing for its encounter with major Hurricane Irma – expected to move across Florida this weekend and bring with it extreme winds, torrential rain and dangerous storm surge.

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Fifth X-37B Mission Sent into Orbit by Falcon 9 Rocket, 1st Stage Lands at Cape Canaveral

A SpaceX Falcon 9 blasted into partly cloudy skies over Cape Canaveral on Thursday, carrying into orbit the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B winged space plane on a mostly classified mission to test out new technologies in space and perform a range of experiments out of public view as part of the program’s fifth flight to space.

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Ariane 5 Targets Sunset Liftoff with Heavy Communications Satellite Duo

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket stands ready for a sunset liftoff from French Guiana on its fifth mission of the year, targeting a launch window of 21:51 to 22:24 UTC on Tuesday to send two heavy communications satellites into Geostationary Transfer Orbit for Luxembourg’s Intelsat and Japan’s B-SAT.

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Sunday Morning Soyuz Landing on Tap for U.S.-Russian Trio, Peggy Whitson to Return after 289 Days

A veteran Russian Cosmonaut and two NASA Astronauts will barrel through a blaze of fire Sunday morning aboard their Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft, aiming for a parachute-and-rocket-assisted landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan Sunday morning

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Falcon 9 Fires Up for Hold-Down Engine Test Ahead of X-37B OTV-5 Launch

Keeping up the pace, SpaceX checked off the Static Fire Test for the company’s 13th launch of the year, aiming for a September 7 liftoff from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center with the U.S. Air Force X-37B space plane heading off on its fifth mission.

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Two-Decade Success Streak Ends with PSLV Launch Failure on IRNSS-1H Mission

A streak of 36 successful launches over a period of 18 years ended on Thursday when India’s PSLV rocket suffered an in-flight failure that left its payload – a replacement satellite for the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System – in a lower- than-planned orbit and possibly trapped underneath the rocket’s payload fairing.

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More Trouble in GEO: Indonesia’s Telkom 1 Satellite Sheds Debris, Starts Drifting

More trouble appears to be brewing in Geostationary Orbit as reports emerged this week of a satellite breaking apart in prime orbital real estate – the second such incident in as many months, adding to an already significant population of debris and zombie satellites

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Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser Returns to Flight Testing with Successful Captive Carry Test

Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser took to the skies over California’s Edwards Air Force Base on Wednesday for the first captive carry flight in the craft’s current round of testing that will ultimately see the space plane fly freely for approach and landing tests as part of its flight qualification for NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 contracts.

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