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  • Astronauts perform contingency spacewalk to replace failed data relay box

    Derek RichardsonMay 23rd, 2017

    Just three days after the failure of a key data relay box, a contingency spacewalk was planned by ground teams and executed by International Space Station astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer to replace the component.

  • EKS marks the spot: Russia set to launch 2nd of 6 early-warning satellites

    Curt GodwinMay 23rd, 2017

    Russia looks to enhance its missile detection system with the launch of the second in a series of six early-warning satellites. The EKS-2 satellite, alternately classed as a member of the 'Tundra' family of launch detection spacecraft, is designed to replace Russia's aging early-warning infrastructure and is targeting a launch at 2:33 a.m. EDT (0633 GMT) on May 25, 2017, from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.

  • NASA astronaut resigned in 2016 after fraud revelation, according to Gizmodo

    Jason RhianMay 22nd, 2017

    NASA is arguably one of the most positively viewed organizations in all of the federal government. However, over the last decade, a number of incidents have placed the space agency in a bad light. The most recent one was revealed in a Gizmodo report indicating an astronaut resigned late in 2016 after it was found they had fraudulently filed multiple travel reimbursement claims.

  • Contingency spacewalk required to replace failed relay box

    Derek RichardsonMay 21st, 2017

    A data relay box failure outside the International Space Station (ISS) has prompted mission managers to begin planning a contingency spacewalk. On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer will venture outside the Quest airlock to replace the failed component.

  • Rocket Lab to send Electron on maiden launch

    Jerome StrachMay 20th, 2017

    Rocket Lab is set to send its first Electron rocket into space. Officially labeled by the company as “It’s a Test", the launch will occur at the firm's private Launch Complex 1 in Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand. The company has a 10-day launch window starting at 9:00 a.m. local time on May 22, 2017, to get the vehicle off the ground.

  • Astronaut Hall of Fame welcomes Foale, Ochoa to its ranks

    Jason RhianMay 20th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Two NASA astronauts joined the elite ranks of the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame located at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's $100 million Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit. Given that both Michael Foale and Ellen Ochoa flew on OV-104 (Atlantis), the duo makes the Friday, May 19, ceremony all the more poignant.

  • Spaceflight Industries purchases dedicated Electron rocket

    Derek RichardsonMay 19th, 2017

    While Rocket Lab is gearing up to perform the maiden launch of its Electron rocket, SpaceFlight Industries announced that it has purchased a flight on a future Electron to increase the number of its dedicated ride-share missions.

  • Arianespace delivers all-electric SES-15 to GTO on Flight VS17

    Curt GodwinMay 18th, 2017

    French multinational launch provider Arianespace continues to successfully clear its mission backlog induced by the "social movement" in French Guiana earlier in 2017. The company's Europeanized Soyuz ST-A medium-class rocket took to the skies with the SES-15 communications satellite at 7:54 a.m. EDT (11:54 GMT) May 18, 2017, from the Guiana Space Center in South America.

  • Elysium Space extending memorial frontiers aboard SpaceX Falcon 9

    Bart LeahyMay 18th, 2017

    SpaceX has launched communications and reconnaissance satellites into Earth orbit and cargo to the International Space Station, but it'll be lofting something new on an upcoming flight. Elysium Space, a company specializing in “memorial spaceflights”, will be placing a satellite with the cremated remains of 100 people aboard a Falcon 9 rocket scheduled to lift off from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

  • SLS structural test article arrives at Marshall

    Scott JohnsonMay 17th, 2017

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — On May 15, NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) core stage engine section structural test article (STA) arrived at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, Alabama. The STA will soon be placed in a test stand located in MSFC's Building 4619 and subjected to extreme loads to certify the section for flight.

  • Blue Origin’s BE-4 engine test hardware suffers failure

    Derek RichardsonMay 16th, 2017

    In a tweet on Sunday, May 14, 2017, NewSpace company Blue Origin announced it had lost a set of powerpack test hardware for its BE-4 engine in development. No details were released as to what happened or why.

  • Good to go for GTO: Soyuz to launch SES-15 satellite from French Guiana

    Curt GodwinMay 16th, 2017

    Arianespace's Europeanized variant of the workhorse Russian Soyuz rocket stands ready to launch the SES-15 telecommunications satellite. The medium-class launch vehicle, known for decades of reliable launches to low-Earth orbit, is being tapped for its second mission to geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO) from the Guiana Space Center.

  • Expendable Falcon 9 launches Inmarsat-5 F4

    Curt GodwinMay 15th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — Clear skies and a setting sun provided a stunning backdrop as SpaceX launched an expendable Falcon 9 with the last of four Inmarsat-5 Global Xpress (GX) telecommunications satellites.

  • SFI LIVE: SpaceX launching Inmarsat-5 F4 communications satellite

    Derek RichardsonMay 15th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX has an expendable Falcon 9 rocket ready to launch the Inmarsat-5 Flight 4 communications satellite to geostationary transfer orbit.

  • SpaceX set to launch rare Falcon 9 for Inmarsat-5 F4 mission

    Curt GodwinMay 13th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — With the static fire successfully concluded, SpaceX is clear to begin final launch preparations of the rarest variant of the company's active Falcon 9 launch fleet as it readies to loft the fourth of the Inmarsat-5 series of communications satellites. The company is targeting a 50-minute launch window opening at 7:20 p.m. EDT (23:20 GMT) May 15, 2017, at Launch Complex 39A.