“Flight-Proven” Falcon 9 fires up for Static Test ahead of Historic Re-Flight Mission

SpaceX on Monday test fired the company’s first Falcon 9 rocket that will make a repeat trip to the edge of space to dispatch a payload into orbit, marking another milestone toward regular re-use of Falcon 9 first stages to revolutionize cost-effective access to space.

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NASA fills open Soyuz Spots with Veteran Space Station Crew Members

NASA selected veteran ISS crew members Shannon Walker and Joe Acaba to fill two seats on Russia’s Soyuz craft to increase the U.S. Segment crew contingent from three permanent residents to four in the second half of 2017 and first half of 2018

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Secretive X-37B Space Plane sets new Endurance Record

The U.S. Air Force X-37B OTV-4 spacecraft on Saturday surpassed the record for the longest flight duration of any mission in the clandestine program, marking 675 days in orbit for the small winged space plane on its current mission reportedly dedicated to a series of technical demonstrations and space experiments.

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French-American Spacewalking Duo aces busy EVA, ISS Docking Module ready for Robotic Relocation

Two Astronauts aboard the International Space Station ventured outside the hatches of the orbiting complex on Friday, spending six and a half hours spacewalking to complete a number of tasks including preparations for the relocation of one of the Station’s docking modules on Sunday.

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Successful Dragon Splashdown concludes tenth SpaceX Visit to ISS

SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft parachuted into the Pacific Ocean on Sunday, returning after a month-long mission to the International Space Station, delivering critical supplies to the orbiting outpost and picking up precious samples and science equipment eagerly awaited in laboratories across the United States

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Dragon departs Space Station after busy Cargo Mission, en-route to Splashdown Landing

SpaceX’s tenth operational Dragon cargo spacecraft departed the International Space Station on Sunday to embark on its homecoming that is expected to culminate in a parachute-assisted splashdown in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California, returning valuable samples and experiment hardware from the orbiting laboratory.

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Japan’s H-IIA successfully places Radar Reconnaissance Satellite in Orbit

Japan successfully launched a radar reconnaissance satellite into orbit on Friday to replenish the country’s fleet of intelligence-gathering satellites primarily dedicated to advance warning of hostile missile launches in Japan’s neighborhood.

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SpaceX Receives second GPS Navigation Satellite Launch Contract

The U.S. Air Force this week it had awarded SpaceX a launch contract for the third GPS III satellite with a targeted launch date in February 2019, marking SpaceX’s second competitively won GPS contract and ending a decade-long monopoly held by United Launch Alliance in the military launch business.

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