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Blue Origin Makes Fourth Test Flight / Landing (This Time With Live Webcast)

Blue Origin Makes Fourth Test Flight / Landing (This Time With Live Webcast)

After pushing back a planned test flight of the New Shepard booster and capsule from Friday until Sunday due to a leaking O-ring in the capsule’s nitrogen gas pressurization system, Blue Origin made it four in a row with another successful launch and landing of both. The Father’s Day flight added two new wrinkles, one fans […]

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SpaceX, Blue Origin and Orbital ATK Make for Busy Week in Commercial Space

SpaceX, Blue Origin and Orbital ATK Make for Busy Week in Commercial Space

  It is a busy week for commercial space. Orbital ATK  An Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo vessel departed the International Space Station at 9:30 AM EDT this morning, heading for its usual path of destruction high over the Pacific Ocean, but not before it performs a unique fire in space experiment, as well as releases […]

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SpaceX Gears Up for Next Launch, First Re-flight in Fall

SpaceX Gears Up for Next Launch, First Re-flight in Fall

With “four on the floor” inside its new hangar at the Kennedy Space Centers’s launch pad 39-A, SpaceX has indicated it is now aiming for a fall re-flight of one of the Falcon 9 first stages which have been landed thus far. The news came, as it often does, via Elon Musk’s Twitter account: Fourth […]

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Russian Space Problems Continue

Russian Space Problems Continue

Russia’s space problems continue. Yesterday, TASS reported the following: “Launch of Soyuz MS manned spacecraft, which is due to take a new expedition to the International Space Station, has been rescheduled for July 7 from June 24 due to control system flaws that may disrupt the ship’s docking with the ISS, a source in the […]

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Not (N)Yet! : Russia’s Inaugural Launch Delayed for 24 hours

Not (N)Yet! : Russia’s Inaugural Launch Delayed for 24 hours

From Tass: “The first launch from the Vostochny spaceport was due to take place at 5:01 a.m. Moscow time (02:01GMT) on Wednesday. Russia’s government commission at the Vostochny spaceport earlier approved of the decision to carry out the launch. The Soyuz-2.1a space rocket was due to put three satellites – Lomonosov, Aist-2D and SamSat-218 – […]

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Russia Prepares To Inaugurate a New Space Era at Vostochy

Russia Prepares To Inaugurate a New Space Era at Vostochy

After a somewhat troubled development which featured launch vehicle changes, worker strikes and charges of corruption, Russia is finally ready to christen its new Vostochny Cosmodrome in a baptism of fire, courtesy of a Soyuz 2.1a rocket. Liftoff of the first booster to fly from the new spaceport, which is located in the nation’s Far […]

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Virgin Galactic’s Cosmic Girl Undergoes Mods for Launch Duty

Virgin Galactic’s Cosmic Girl Undergoes Mods for Launch Duty

Virgin Galactic is making progress in its bid to enter the small launcher business with its LauncherOne two-stage, liquid fueled booster. Last week, the company announced that LauncherOne’s carrier aircraft, a Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747-400 named appropriately enough, Cosmic Girl, arrived in Waco. Texas for conversion to its new assignment. LauncherOne will be carried to […]

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Know When to Hold’em: SpaceX Scrubs Again (Update)

Know When to Hold’em: SpaceX Scrubs Again (Update)

  After considering a Tuesday evening launch, SpaceX has now reset SES-9 to Friday due to wind shear at high altitudes. Pushing launch to Friday due to extreme high altitude wind shear. Hits like a sledgehammer when going up supersonic pic.twitter.com/Gr8T5upaLd — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 1, 2016 Original story: Sometimes, it just isn’t your […]

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SpaceX Now Counting Down to Sunday Evening Launch

SpaceX Now Counting Down to Sunday Evening Launch

Although there has been little official word regarding the exact cause of last Thursday’s launch scrub, SpaceX and SES are now targeting this evening at 6:46 pm ET for launch of the SES-9 mission. While the launch window runs to 8:20 pm, the expectations are that if the Falcon 9 Full Thrust does not lift […]

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SpaceX SES-9 Mission Set for Wednesday Evening Liftoff (Update 3)

SpaceX SES-9 Mission Set for Wednesday Evening Liftoff (Update 3)

  Update 3: After counting down through cloudy skies, today’s flight was delayed until Thursday. SpaceX provided two updates, the first on Twitter and the second on the company website. Team opting to hold launch for today. Looking to try again tomorrow; window also opens at 6:46pm ET. Rocket and spacecraft remain healthy. — SpaceX […]

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