Weak Simulations, Inadequate Software & Mismanagement caused Schiaparelli Crash Landing

The European Space Agency concluded its inquiry into the crash landing of the experimental Schiaparelli Mars Lander last October, citing a lack of understanding and modeling of parachute dynamics experienced at high speed, insufficient failure identification and recovery options in the craft’s software and mismanagement of subcontractors & hardware acceptance as contributing factors for the botched landing sequence.

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Launch Week Arrives for Rocket Lab’s Electron

An innovative new rocket relying on electrically-driven engine pumps, 3D-printed components and an all-composite structure stands ready for liftoff atop its New Zealand Launch Pad to become the first in a series of Small Satellite Launch Vehicles to reach the commercial market, offering affordable access to space.

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Arianespace-Operated Soyuz Rocket lifts Multi-Purpose Communications Satellite for SES

A highly sophisticated multi-use communications satellite relying on 3D printed parts and ion propulsion lifted off from French Guiana on Thursday atop a Russian-built Soyuz ST-A rocket, carrying out only its second Geostationary Transfer Mission from the French-operated space port on the edge of the Amazon jungle.

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Expendable Falcon 9 aces heaviest Geotransfer Mission to Date with Inmarsat 5-F4 Mobile Comms Satellite

A powerful satellite is on its way to join Inmarsat’s Global Xpress fleet to deliver seamless global Internet and data connectivity to airline passengers, maritime crew and government users after successfully launching atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Monday.

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Milestone 200th ISS Spacewalk sees Astronauts Race Against the Clock

A busy end-of-week spacewalk was performed outside the International Space Station on Friday by NASA Astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer – racing through their task list after the EVA was shortened to four hours due to an airlock-related problem that prevented the crew’s space suits from fully charging their batteries.

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Falcon 9 completes Hold-Down Engine Test as SpaceX accelerates Launch Pace

Sustaining a rapid turnaround pace at the company’s Kennedy Space Center Launch Pad, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lit up its engines on Thursday in a final end-to-end test ahead of liftoff as early as Monday night with a high-power communications satellite for London-based operator Inmarsat.

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India’s ‘Gift to Neighbors’ Roars to Orbit atop GSLV Rocket in Unusually Secretive Launch

India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle blasted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center on Friday on a mission to deliver the GSAT-9 satellite to orbit to eventually deliver TV and navigation augmentation services to India and other South Asian countries.

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Twilight Ariane 5 Launch with Dual-Satellite Payload marks Resumption of Missions from French Guiana

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket thundered into the afternoon skies over the Guiana Space Center on Thursday, embarking on a heavy-lift mission to haul a pair of communications satellites into orbit for Brazil and South Korea.

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After Strike Ends, Ariane 5 reaches French Guiana Launch Pad for Dual-Payload Delivery Mission

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket rolled out to its French Guiana launch pad on Wednesday for a long-delayed dual-satellite delivery that was held up for over a month by a general strike in the small French department that caused operations at the space base to grind to a complete halt.

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Falcon 9 Soars to Orbit with Secret Government Satellite, 1st Stage Lands at Cape Canaveral

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket thundered away from Florida’s Space Coast on Monday on its first top-secret satellite delivery for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office, operator of the country’s spy satellite fleet.

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