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Ariane V Scores 61st Consecutive Successful Launch, But Does it Have a Future?

Ariane V Scores 61st Consecutive Successful Launch, But Does it Have a Future?

Image Credit: Arianespace Industry leader Arianespace reached a historic milestone yesterday, conducting the 75th launch of the Ariane V rocket. It was also the 61st consecutive successful flight for booster, which lifted off in its traditional duel payload configuration, carrying two satellites, MEASAT-3b and Optus 10. In typical fashion, Arianespace was not shy about touting […]

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Last ATV Docks With ISS

Last ATV Docks With ISS

Image Credit: NASA TV The last of five European Space Agency ATV’s docked with the International Space Station earlier today.  One has to wonder whether Europe will ultimately regret terminating the ATV production line in favor of supporting NASA’s Space Launch System by providing a service module for the first and likely second SLS/Orion missions […]

Posted in: ISS
The World Cup at 17,000 MPH (and Zero G)

The World Cup at 17,000 MPH (and Zero G)

Even NASA’s getting in on the act. This may be one of the best reasons to look forward to a large diameter Bigelow station sometime in the future.    

Posted in: Space Stations
IXV: Europe’s Experimental Space Plane

IXV: Europe’s Experimental Space Plane

IXV Undergoing Ocean Retrieval Tests Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser is far from the only space plane currently under development.  With the second super secretive Boeing X-37 still in orbit, and a variety of suborbital craft;  Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo,  XCOR’s Lynx and Swiss Space Systems SOAR space plane all in various stages of construction,  the Shuttle […]

Hubble’s Grand, Glorious View of the Universe

Hubble’s Grand, Glorious View of the Universe

Image Credit: NASA/ESA What a big, beautiful and gloriously colorful universe. NASA News Story: Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have assembled a comprehensive picture of the evolving universe – among the most colorful deep space images ever captured by the 24-year-old telescope. Researchers say the image, in new study called the Ultraviolet Coverage of the Hubble […]

Posted in: Space Science
Will “777” Be a Lucky Number for the European Space Agency?

Will “777” Be a Lucky Number for the European Space Agency?

According to a release from the European Space Agency, Europe is one step closer in plans for producing the next generation replacement for the market dominating Ariane V commercial booster. The new booster, dubbed Ariane VI, marks a curious retreat in capabilities from its predecessor, and the wholesale adoption of a business plan which seems […]

Cygnus Departs, ATV to Follow; When Will We Find a Better Way to Take Out the Trash?

Cygnus Departs, ATV to Follow; When Will We Find a Better Way to Take Out the Trash?

At 6:31 AM CDT,  astronauts aboard the International Space Station released Orbital Sciences Cygnus cargo vessel which has been berthed to the orbiting facility’s Harmony module for the last 23 days.  Having been filled with trash and sent on its way, the Cygnus will enter Earth’s upper atmosphere in a destructive re-entry on Wednesday.  With […]

Perfect Liftoff for Ariane V

Perfect Liftoff for Ariane V

The latest resupply mission to the International Space Station got off to a perfect start yesterday evening with the launch of an Ariane V rocket carrying the Automated Transfer Vehicle ATV-4, “Albert Einstein.” There is one more ATV planned for ISS, after which the European Space Agency will supply a modified version of the propulsion […]

Soyuz TMA-09M Set for Liftoff

Soyuz TMA-09M Set for Liftoff

International Space Station Expedition 36, which officially began with the undocking and departure of the Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft on May 13th, is set to get underway in earnest with the launch of the TMA-O9M capsule this afternoon.  Liftoff is scheduled from Baikonur at 4:31 EDT, with docking to take place approximately 6 hours later. Joining Commader Pavel Vinogradov and […]

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Proton Returns to Flight with Satellite Launch

Proton Returns to Flight with Satellite Launch

Source: RIA Novosti, Russianspaceweb A Russian built Proton rocket successfully lifted off from Baikonur in Kazakhstan on Tuesday. Operated by International Launch Services, the booster blasted off shortly before midnight at 23:06 Moscow time, (7:06 pm GMT) and placed the Space Systems/Loral SatMex-8 telecommunications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit with 5 burns of the Briz-M upperstage. The flight was the first […]

Posted in: Russian Space
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