Experimental Launch of World’s Smallest Orbital Space Rocket ends in Failure

A beefed up sounding rocket aspiring to become the world’s smallest orbital launch vehicle raced into the morning skies over Southern Japan on Sunday to place a tiny satellite into orbit in a pathfinder mission for the development of a future small-satellite launch vehicle catered specifically to the deployment of NanoSatellites.

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Photos: Astronaut Duo works outside Space Station on second Battery Replacement EVA

Photos of U.S. EVA-39, performed on Friday the 13th of January, 2017 by ISS Expedition 50 commander Shane Kimbrough and ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet to finish the integration of new batteries on the Space Station’s truss started earlier in the week by the Station’s robots.

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Falcon 9 Returns to Flight with flawless Iridium Satellite Delivery & successful Booster Landing

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket made an impressive Return to Flight on Saturday, blasting off from California and earning double check-marks by achieving a flawless delivery of ten Iridium-NEXT communications satellites and successfully landing the rocket’s first stage at sea for the first time after a West Coast launch.

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Falcon 9 stands ready for Saturday Liftoff on critical Return to Flight with 10 Iridium Satellites

A SpaceX Falcon 9 is standing tall atop its West Coast launch pad in California, working towards a Saturday morning liftoff on its long-awaited Return to Flight mission following the September 1st testing accident and subsequent grounding of the rocket.

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ISS Spacewalkers hook up new Space Station Batteries, blaze through Bonus Task List

A French-American astronaut duo ventured outside the hatches of the International Space Station on Friday for the second spacewalk in one week dedicated to the integration of new batteries put in place by the Space Station’s robots in an extensive effort to rejuvenate the ISS power system as the complex heads into its last decade of operations.

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Space Station Crew ready for Second Battery Replacement Spacewalk on Friday

A U.S.-European astronaut duo is set for a busy spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Friday to continue outfitting the station with new batteries – a complex task split between the station’s robots and spacewalking crew members to give ISS a pair of revamped power channels driven by Li-Ion battery technology.

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Arianespace outlines busy Manifest for 2017, announces two new Launch Contracts

Arianespace plans to build on a successful year 2016 with a sustained launch pace in 2017, opening the year with two new launch contracts for television and broadband satellites to ride into orbit aboard the company’s Ariane 5 rocket in 2018 and 2019.

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China’s ‘Speedy Vessel’ races into Orbit on first Commercial Satellite Deployment

China’s Kuaizhou-1A “Speedy Vessel” conducted its first commercial launch on Monday, lifting off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert at 4:11 UTC with a high-resolution video satellite and a pair of small CubeSats as payloads.

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SpaceX receives FAA Launch License for upcoming Iridium Mission

The Federal Aviation Administration – the government body responsible for licensing all U.S.-operated space launches – granted a launch license to SpaceX covering upcoming missions from California, including next week’s Iridium-NEXT flight that will mark SpaceX’s return to flight mission after the dramatic September 1st explosion of a Falcon 9 rocket in Florida.

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