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  • Falcon 9 hotfire test blazes way for classified NROL-76 mission

    Derek RichardsonApril 25th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — A month after flying its first used Falcon 9 booster, SpaceX placed another rocket on historic Launch Complex 39A to perform a static fire test in advance of its upcoming flight for the National Reconnaissance Office: the classified NROL-76 mission.

  • Vive la resolution!: French Guiana protests end, spaceport operations resume

    Curt GodwinApril 24th, 2017

    More than a month into a "social movement" that halted Arianespace launches, an agreement between French politicians and Guianan MPs has cleared the way for the France-based multinational launch provider to resume flights from the South American spaceport.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne consolidating, optimizing operations

    Scott JohnsonApril 23rd, 2017

    Aerojet Rocketdyne recently announced the next phase of what it calls its Competitive Improvement Program (CIP), a plan to consolidate and optimize the company's operation. It is hoped that this will result in an annual savings of $230 million.

  • China’s Tianzhou-1 docks with Tiangong-2 space station

    Derek RichardsonApril 22nd, 2017

    Just two days after launching from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center on Hainan Island in China, the Tianzhou-1 cargo freighter docked with the country’s Tiangong-2 space station.

  • China launches Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft on space station refueling test flight

    Curt GodwinApril 20th, 2017

    With the launch of the Tianzhou-1 automated cargo ship, China has taken a significant step in being able to support a long-term crewed presence in space. The spacecraft, mounted atop China's Long March 7 carrier rocket, lifted off at 7:40 a.m. EDT (11:40 GMT) April 20, 2017, from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center (WSLC) on Hainan Island.

  • ‘Oh, that view is tremendous’: ULA sends ‘S.S. John Glenn’ Cygnus to ISS

    Bart LeahyApril 18th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The seventh Orbital ATK OA-7 Cygnus cargo vehicle took to the near-perfect morning skies above Florida atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket.

  • China’s Tianzhou-1 cargo ship readied for launch toward Tiangong-2

    Curt GodwinApril 18th, 2017

    Crucial to China's goal of sustaining and resupplying its own space stations, a Long March 7 rocket has been rolled out to the launch pad at the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center (WSLC) with the Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft encapsulated in its payload fairing.

  • New ISS crew set to lift off on Soyuz-FG from Baikonur on first crewed launch of 2017

    Curt GodwinApril 17th, 2017

    Final preparations are underway for the launch of Expedition 51/52 crew members, NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, to the International Space Station. Liftoff will take place from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:13 a.m. EDT (07:13 GMT) on April 20, 2017, and will be the first crewed Soyuz launch of 2017.

  • Orbital ATK completes development milestones in Next Generation Launch program

    SpaceFlight InsiderApril 17th, 2017

    Orbital ATK announced on April 3, 2017, that it has made progress developing its next generation launch vehicle. Over the last 18 months, it has been developing a booster with advanced solid rocket propulsion to be used in intermediate- and large-class vehicles.

  • OA-7 Cygnus set to bring science and supplies to ISS

    Bart LeahyApril 16th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Orbital ATK’s OA-7 Cygnus spacecraft, named S.S. John Glenn in honor of America’s first orbital astronaut, is set to launch over 7,500 pounds of supplies and equipment to the International Space Station (ISS).

  • Problems continue to plague Russian space program

    Lloyd CampbellApril 13th, 2017

    Russia’s space program has encountered numerous problems in recent years that has put its reliability into doubt. While space is risky for everyone, Russia’s space program had been robust for many years until things started to decline during the past decade.

  • China successfully launches ChinaSat-16 high-speed telecom satellite

    Curt GodwinApril 12th, 2017

    China successfully conducted its fourth launch of 2017 with the successful deployment of the ChinaSat-16 telecommunications satellite. Liftoff took place at 7:04 p.m. local time (11:04 GMT / 7:04 a.m. EDT) on April 12, 2017, from Launch Complex 2 at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

  • Blue Origin looking to make a ‘Blue Moon’

    Bart LeahyApril 12th, 2017

    In the last year, Blue Origin pushed its New Shepard suborbital vehicle in more complex tests, unveiled a reusable orbital rocket, and broke ground on a new factory in Florida. Now the company is looking one step further, revealing a design for a lunar lander at the 33rd Space Symposium.

  • China preparing to launch Shijian-13 high-speed telecom satellite aboard Long March 3B

    Curt GodwinApril 11th, 2017

    China appears to be on the cusp of launching the Shijian-13 high-speed telecommunications satellite atop their heavy-lift Long March 3B rocket – possibly as soon as April 12, 2017.

  • NASA leaders visit Lockheed Martin in Littleton

    SpaceFlight InsiderApril 9th, 2017

    On April 5, 2017, acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot and other top agency officials visited Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Littleton, Colorado, to see progress on the various missions the company is working on.