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  • Brown dwarf discovered with the help of citizen scientists

    Ocean McIntyreJuly 20th, 2017

    Sometimes in science, when you search for one thing, you end up finding something completely different. Such is the case with the search for the thus far elusive Planet Nine and the citizen scientists who ended up finding a brown dwarf instead.

  • Contract brings Dream Chaser flights closer to reality

    Joe LatrellJuly 20th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- In development for more than ten years, the Dream Chaser space plane is one step closer to flight. Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has signed a contract with United Launch Alliance (ULA) to send the spacecraft into orbit. 

  • Sierra Nevada ground tests Dream Chaser’s steering, brakes

    Bart LeahyJuly 18th, 2017

    On Monday, July 17, SNC put its full-scale Dream Chaser test vehicle through its paces on the ground at NASA’s Armstrong Research Center in California. According to a report by Spaceflight Now, the ground tests towed the vehicle fast enough to evaluate the performance of its brakes, steering, guidance, navigation, and control systems.

  • Soyuz rocket sends 73 satellites into 3 different orbits

    Derek RichardsonJuly 14th, 2017

    Launching from Baikonur Cosmodrome on a sunny July day was a Soyuz-2.1a rocket carrying Kanopus-V-IK and 72 other small satellites. Liftoff took place at 12:36 p.m. Kazakh time (2:36 a.m. EDT / 06:36 GMT) on July 14, 2017.

  • Moon Express announces trio of expeditions to the Moon

    Curt GodwinJuly 14th, 2017

    On July 12, 2017, NewSpace company Moon Express announced plans for a trio of missions to the Moon, the first of which is tentatively scheduled for late in 2017 – potentially making them the first commercial company to reach Earth's natural satellite.

  • Multiple fatalities prompt Roscosmos to step up safety measures

    Curt GodwinJuly 11th, 2017

    The death of two workers following the June 14, 2017, launch of a Soyuz rocket carrying the Progress MS-06 resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station has prompted Roscosmos officials to step up safety efforts.

  • BepiColumbo readied to start journey to Mercury next year

    Jacques van OeneJuly 7th, 2017

    NOORDWIJK, Netherlands — On Thursday, July 6, the European Space Research and Technology Centre put the new BepiColumbo spacecraft on display. ESTEC, the largest ESA site in Europe as well as the test center for all major ESA satellites, played host to an event denoting that the twin spacecraft are just 15 months away from launch.

  • NASA scientists designing Martian dust filter

    Collin SkocikJuly 7th, 2017

    One of the challenges that astronauts will face on Mars is the presence of the fine Martian dust. Not only can the dust get into equipment and cause damage, but also it is extremely toxic with perchlorates.

  • VP Pence promises return to the Moon, boots on Mars during KSC speech

    Bart LeahyJuly 6th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Less than a week after being designated head of the newly revived National Space Council, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence paid a visit to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In keeping with the Trump administration’s theme of reasserting U.S. leadership worldwide, he declared: “We will return to the Moon and we will put American boots on the face of Mars.”

  • 7 months, 10 launches: SpaceX racks up another win with Intelsat 35e flight

    Jason RhianJuly 5th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Hawthorne, California-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) successfully launched the Intelsat 35e communications satellite on its way to orbit. Liftoff took place at 7:38 p.m. EDT (23:38 GMT) on July 5, 2017, from Launch Complex 39A.

  • Made In Space: 3-D printing to revolutionize space construction

    Collin SkocikJuly 5th, 2017

    Made In Space, Inc., the startup company out of Singularity University which, on Sept. 23, 2014, supplied the first 3-D printer to the International Space Station (ISS), has developed a program that it hopes will revolutionize construction in space, called the Archinaut Development Program.

  • SpaceX scrubs Falcon 9 launch 2nd day in a row

    Derek RichardsonJuly 3rd, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — For the second day in a row, SpaceX has scrubbed the planned liftoff of its Falcon 9 rocket with the Intelsat 35e communications satellite. Like the July 2 attempt, this scrub was also for technical reasons.

  • Legless Falcon 9 automatically aborts launch at T-10 seconds

    Derek RichardsonJuly 2nd, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Within 10 seconds from leaving the pad at Launch Complex 39A, the Falcon 9’s onboard computer triggered an automatic abort. While this was a 58-minute window, it was decided there would not be enough time to diagnose the abort and recycle the countdown.

  • China’s 2nd Long March 5 rocket deemed ‘unsuccessful’

    Derek RichardsonJuly 2nd, 2017

    Despite what appeared to be a smooth launch all the way through first stage separation, China's largest rocket, the Long March 5, failed to deliver the Shijian-18 satellite to orbit, according to Xinhua.

  • President Trump revives the past to help shape the future of spaceflight

    Curt GodwinJuly 2nd, 2017

    In a move that had been anticipated since late in his campaign, President Trump signed an Executive Order re-establishing the National Space Council on Friday, June 30, 2017. The Council, disbanded in 1993, will be chaired by Vice President Pence and staffed by members of the Executive Branch of the U.S. government.