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  • Iridium-7 mission takes to California’s skies atop SpaceX Falcon 9

    Jason RhianJuly 25th, 2018

    Wasting no time after its launch several days ago in Florida, SpaceX sent another Falcon 9 aloft, this time from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California with the latest wave of Iridium NEXT satellites on their way to space. 

  • NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission slips 5 days

    Jason RhianJuly 24th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA's mission to "touch the Sun" will have to wait a couple more days before blazing a trail toward Earth's parent star. The space agency said Tuesday that more inspection time is needed for the Parker Solar Probe.

  • Rocket Lab’s Electron getting US-based launch site

    Heather SmithJuly 24th, 2018

    Rocket Lab recently announced plans to build a launch complex in the United States for its small Electron rocket. The site, to be announced in August 2018, is expected to complement its current facility in New Zealand.

  • Telstar 19V communications satellite orbited by SpaceX Falcon 9

    Derek RichardsonJuly 22nd, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — SpaceX's rapid-fire launch cadence continued July 22, 2018, with the early-morning launch of the company's second Block 5 Falcon 9. The rocket placed the Telesat-owned Telstar 19 VANTAGE communications satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit.

  • NASA performs another test of Orion’s parachute system

    Derek RichardsonJuly 21st, 2018

    Last week, NASA tested the parachute system for the space agency’s Orion spacecraft, which is being designed to send astronauts into deep space in the 2020s.

  • Wish upon a Telstar: SpaceX poised to loft 1st of 3 rockets in 11 days

    Jason RhianJuly 20th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Working to maintain an average flight tempo of once every two weeks, SpaceX is preparing to send another of its Falcon 9 rockets aloft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's SLC-40. The upcoming Telstar 19 VANTAGE flight marks a critical milestone in terms of the company's 2018 flight manifest.

  • Blue Origin’s 9th New Shepard flight tests high-altitude abort mode

    Derek RichardsonJuly 18th, 2018

    For the second time in 2018, Blue Origin has launched its New Shepard rocket system. This particular uncrewed flight evaluated a high-altitude abort mode for the capsules launch escape system.

  • President Trump selects NASA Deputy Administrator

    Joe LatrellJuly 13th, 2018

    On Thursday, July 12 President Donald Trump announced his choice for the NASA Deputy Administrator position. His choice was James Morhard, who is currently serving as Deputy Sergeant at Arms for the United States Senate.

  • Lockheed Martin 3D prints fuel tank components

    Heather SmithJuly 13th, 2018

    Lockheed Martin has announced the creation of a 3-D printed titanium dome for satellite fuel tanks. The 46-inch diameter vessel completed final rounds of quality testing this month. The program was instituted to create a high-pressure tank that can carry fuel on board satellites and marks a significant step toward streamlining the deployment of spacecraft on orbit.

  • AR-22 engine fired 10 times in as many days

    Jason RhianJuly 12th, 2018

    Boeing's Phantom Express had its AR-22 rocket engine put through its paces over the course of more than a week via tests to ensure the engine's ability to accomplish the space plane's objectives. It is hoped these tests will pave the way for the spacecraft to carry out missions to space with a pace similar to that aircraft currently carry out today.

  • China churns out yet another launch with flight of BeiDou-2 I7 navigation satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 10th, 2018

    On Monday, July 9, China utilized a Long March 3A rocket to send the BeiDou-2 I7 satellite on its way to orbit. The flight marked the second successful launch in less than two days - and added another spacecraft to the nation's homegrown BeiDou satellite navigation system.

  • Long March 2C orbits two Earth-observing satellites for Pakistan

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 10th, 2018

    Lifting off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center (TSLC) in China’s Shanxi Province, a Long March 2C rocket orbited the PRSS-1 and PakTES 1A Earth-observing spacecraft for Pakistan on Monday, July 9.

  • India conducts pad abort test for its crewed space flight program

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 6th, 2018

    On Thursday, July 5, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully carried out an emergency Pad Abort Test (PAT), marking the first step to qualify India’s indigenous Crew Escape System technology for launching astronauts into space.

  • China launches technology demonstration satellites atop Long March 2C – spent stage falls on town

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 27th, 2018

    China launched a Long March 2C rocket carrying two technology demonstration satellites designated XJSW A and XJSW B on Wednesday, June 27.

  • CRS-15 resupply mission sending artificial intelligence, diverse science to ISS

    Curt GodwinJune 27th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — With the booster's static fire successfully concluded, SpaceX appears to be on track for an early-morning launch of the company's 15th operational mission to resupply the International Space Station—CRS-15.