Crew Emergency Egress System Installed at Atlas V Launch Pad ahead of Starliner Missions

A zipline system designed to carry astronauts to safety in case of an on-pad anomaly finished installation into the Crew Access Tower at Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 41 from where crews will take off aboard Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft as early as 2018 atop Atlas V rockets.

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Orbital ATK Advances Next-Generation Launch Vehicle Design through Critical Review Stage

Orbital ATK on Monday announced major progress on the company’s Next Generation Launch Vehicle (NGL), outlining design details of an intermediate- and large-class space launch vehicle capable of serving the commercial and government launch market.

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First Falcon 9 Re-Flight Achieves Successful Launch, Landing & Payload Fairing Recovery

With a feat 15 years in the making, SpaceX cemented its position as a trailblazer in commercial spaceflight on Thursday, launching a rocket with a previously flown first stage to lift the company’s re-use aspirations to a new level by sending a booster on its second trip into space and back.

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Photos: Falcon 9 blasts off from Florida on First Re-Flight Mission

SpaceX achieved a feat 15 years in the making on Thursday, launching a partially used rocket to dispatch a heavy satellite to Geostationary Orbit while attempting to return the first stage booster a second time and making an experimental attempt to recover the rocket’s payload fairing.

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Video: ‘Flight-Proven’ Falcon 9 launches SES-10 Communications Satellite

SpaceX achieved a feat 15 years in the making on Thursday, launching a partially used rocket to dispatch a heavy satellite to Geostationary Orbit while attempting to return the first stage booster a second time and making an experimental attempt to recover the rocket’s payload fairing.

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After Tight Launch Flow, Falcon 9 Counts Down to Momentous Re-Flight Mission

SpaceX is counting down to the first re-flight mission of the company’s Falcon 9 rocket to mark another milestone on the path to achieving regular re-use of first stage boosters to drastically reduce the cost of delivering satellites to orbit.

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“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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Videos: Delta IV / WGS-9 Pre-Launch Processing

The ninth Wideband Global Satcom Satellite is encapsulated in its protective payload fairing and placed atop a Delta IV launch vehicle in preparation for a March 2017 liftoff to join the U.S. military’s worldwide high-capacity communications system keeping deployed troops connected.

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Strong Winds keep Falcon 9 on the Ground

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket was forced to back out of its launch countdown on Tuesday inside T-1 hour to liftoff due to strong winds taking a hold of Cape Canaveral as the result of a low pressure area moving over Florida in the overnight hours and into the day’s launch window.

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Legless Falcon 9 counts down to pre-dawn Liftoff with Commercial Communications Satellite

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is counting down to a pre-dawn launch from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday, tasked with lifting into orbit a heavy direct-to-home broadcasting satellite for one of the world’s leading telecommunications providers.

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