ISS Spacewalk Pushed to February after Successful Troubleshooting on Canadarm2 End Effector

International Space Station managers decided on Sunday to postpone a scheduled spacewalk from Monday after additional diagnostics performed on the Station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm showed a connectivity problem on the primary command string of the newly-installed Latching End Effector could be solved through software.

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Postponed — ISS Spacewalkers Prepare for Revised EVA Scenario to Backtrack Robotic Arm Work

Spacewalkers aboard the International Space Station will be forced to backtrack on Monday, reversing work completed on a January 23 excursion after controllers on the ground were unable to establish a redundant command path to the newly-installed grappling hand on the Station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm.

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Falcon 9 Completes Static Fire Test for Booster Re-Flight Mission with SES 16

While all eyes were on Falcon Heavy’s milestone Static Fire Test this week, SpaceX continued preparations for the company’s next Falcon 9 mission from Florida’s Space Coast, culminating on Friday in a successful Static Fire Test of the flight-proven booster that will be tasked with lifting the SES 16 communications satellite as early as next Tuesday.

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A Bizarre Failure Scenario Emerges for Ariane 5 Mission Anomaly with SES 14 & Al Yah 3

Europe’s Ariane 5 appears to have gotten away with a black eye on Thursday when its 97th mission veered off course from the onset of the rocket’s climb, but still managed to deploy two innovative communications craft in a stable, but off-target orbit from where it will be up to the SES 14 and Al Yah 3 satellites to rectify the situation and maneuver into their operational slots above the equator.

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Ariane 5 Launch Anomaly Leaves Uncertainty on Status of Commercial Satellite Duo

Europe’s Ariane 5 launch vehicle, after 82 consecutive successes over a 15-year streak, encountered a potentially serious anomaly on Thursday when lifting a pair of cutting-edge communications satellites into a high-energy Supersynchronous Transfer Orbit.

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China Adds to Yaogan-30 Reconnaissance Constellation via Successful Long March 2C Launch

A Long March 2C rocket rose from the mountainous terrain of China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Thursday as part of the country’s fifth orbital space launch of the year, deploying the fourth set of Yaogan-30 reconnaissance satellites.

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Ariane 5 Reaches Launch Pad for Dual-Payload Delivery with SES 14 & Al Yah 3

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket rolled out to its French Guiana launch pad in preparation for liftoff on Thursday on the vehicle’s year-opening mission, tasked with deploying a pair of innovative satellites to a Supersynchronous Transfer Orbit peaking 45,000 Kilometers above the planet.

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Rocket Lab Surprises with Kick Stage Test & Humanity Star on Recent “Still Testing” Mission

Rocket Lab – after successfully demonstrating the company’s Electron launch vehicle last weekend – had another surprise in store this week when revealing the mission had successfully executed an orbit circularization maneuver with a previously unknown Kick Stage and deployed a reflective satellite named “The Humanity Star”.

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Momentous Static Fire Test Moves SpaceX Falcon Heavy Closer to Maiden Launch

SpaceX’s tri-core Falcon Heavy rocket breathed fire for the first time on Wednesday atop its Kennedy Space Center Launch Pad, igniting all 27 Merlin engines on the rocket’s business end for a 12-second test firing designed to collect valuable data not only on the behavior of the engines but also the rocket’s structure as a whole.

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Space Station Robotic Arm Receives New Grappling Hand in Challenging 7-Hour Spacewalk

Two U.S. spacewalkers successfully changed out a grappling mechanism on the International Space Station’s Canadarm2 on Tuesday, essentially giving the Station’s most important robotic asset a brand new hand to continue grasping external hardware and visiting spacecraft until the end of the ISS program.

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ISS Spacewalkers set for Critical Robotic Arm Upgrade via Second LEE Replacement

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are gearing up for a pair of spacewalks on January 23 and 29 to complete the rejuvenation of the Station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm by replacing its second Latching End Effector to ensure the critical robotic asset remains in working order for capturing visiting vehicles, moving large equipment and carrying spacewalkers during complex EVA scenarios.

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Single-Booster Atlas V Fires into the Night with Final Building Block of U.S. Missile Warning System

The final building block in a critical global missile warning system operated by the Pentagon took flight on Friday atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket blasting off into the night over Florida’s Cape Canaveral.

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China’s CZ-11 Quick-Response Rocket Launches Jilin Video Satellites, CubeSats for China & Canada

China continued its January launch frenzy on Friday with a tube-launched Long March 11 rocket blasting off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert at 4:12 UTC with a group of six satellites – five from China and one from Canadian start-up company Kepler Communications.

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