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July 10, 2017
Dragon Splashes Down to Complete Resupply Mission
Houston TX (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
SpaceX's Dragon cargo craft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 8:12 a.m. EDT, west of Baja California and the recovery process is underway, marking the end of the company's eleventh contracted cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station for NASA. Expedition 52 astronauts Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson of NASA released the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft from the International Space Station's robotic arm right on schedule, at 2:41 a.m. A variety of technological and biological ... read more

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Russia to Carry Out Five Launches From Vostochny Space Center in 2018
Russia will conduct five launches from the Vostochny space center in Russia's Far East in 2018, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told Sputnik. Vostochny is expected to reduce Russia's depe ... more
After two delays, SpaceX launches broadband satellite for IntelSat
SpaceX on Wednesday deployed a broadband communications satellite for IntelSat, after twice ditching launch plans in the final seconds before liftoff earlier this week. ... more
Ariane 5 launch proves reliability and flies new fairing
An Ariane 5 carrying two telecom satellites inside a new lighter fairing lifted off on the fourth mission from Europe's Spaceport in two months. Liftoff came at 21:15 GMT (18:15 local time, 23 ... more
80th consecutive success for Ariane 5 with launch of Hellas Sat, Inmarsat and ISRO
Arianespace has successfully launched the Hellas Sat 3-Inmarsat S EAN "condosat" - composed of two payloads for operators Hellas Sat and Inmarsat; as well as the GSAT-17 satellite for India's space ... more
Aerojet Rocketdyne advocates solar electric propulsion as central element of deep space exploration
Aerojet Rocketdyne, the nation's premiere propulsion provider and a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), advocates Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) as a central element of Ame ... more
ArianeGroup starts production of VINCI engine combustion chamber
Airbus Safran Launchers, which will be known as ArianeGroup on July 1, 2017, has begun construction of the combustion chamber of the first flight model of the VINCI engine at its Ottobrun site near ... more
Modified Proton-M carrier rocket to be first launched in 2019
The first launch of the new modification of the Proton-M carrier rocket will be conducted in 2019, the press service of Russia's Roscosmos State Space Corporation said Tuesday. The Proton-M is ... more

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N. Korea conducts rocket engine test: report
North Korea recently tested a small rocket engine, a monitoring group said Wednesday, after a US official had reportedly suggested the test could be a step to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile. ... more
Putin: Russia, Brazil Consider Joint Space Launches From Brazilian Spaceport
Russia and Brazil are considering the possibility of conducting joint launches of carrier rockets from a Brazilian space center, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday. "We are loo ... more
Arianespace set to launch satellites for Inmarsat and India
For its seventh launch of the year, and the fourth Ariane 5 mission in 2017 from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana, Arianespace will orbit two payloads: Hellas Sat 3-Inmarsat S EAN, a "condos ... more
ArianeGroup signs contract with ESA to develop Prometheus engine
The European Space Agency and Airbus Safran Launchers, the 50/50 joint-venture set up by the Airbus and Safran groups, which will become ArianeGroup on July 1, have signed, at the Paris Air Show, th ... more
SLS Core Stage Production Continues for Rocket's First Flight
Throughout NASA's 43-acre rocket factory, the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, engineers are building all five parts of the Space Launch System's core stage. For the first SLS flight ... more
Falcon 9 launches Bulgaria's first geostationary communications satellite
A SpaceX's Falcon 9 has successfully launched Bulgaria's first geostationary communications satellite - BulgariaSat-1. Today's mission saw the second reflight of a Falcon 9 first stage, having ... more
India launches PSLV rocket with 31 satellites
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched on Friday PSLV-C38 rocket on a mission to send 31 satellites, including India's Cartosat 2 and NIUSAT satellites along with 29 for ... more
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Amtrak to SpaceX Launch, Wifi hack, Spectacular trip, But where's my SatPhone...
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Arianespace signs its initial launch contract for the new Vega C launcher
Arianespace, which is sharing a chalet with ArianeGroup at this year's Paris Air Show, is focused on the future with the announcement of a first contract for the future Vega C launcher, while gearin ... more
SpaceX launch delivers Iridium satellites into orbit
The American company SpaceX on Sunday successfully placed 10 satellites for the communications company Iridium into orbit using a Falcon 9 rocket. ... more
Arianespace to orbit Airbus' upcoming constellation of observation satellites
Airbus Defence and Space and Arianespace has announced the signature of the launch services contract for the next generation of very-high-resolution optical observation satellites. Two VEGA C launch ... more
OHB Italia sign contract to launch PRISMA Italian satellite with Arianespace
OHB Italia Spa and Arianespace have announced the signature of the launch contract for the Italian Space Agency's PRISMA (PRecursore IperSpettrale della Missione Applicativa) satellite. The la ... more
India's 'Baahubali' GSLV MK III Lifts Less Luggage Than Lighter Rockets
The "Baahubali" or "fat boy" of Indian rockets - GSLV Mk III - weighs several tonnes more than some of the other expendable rockets in the world but its carrying capacity is far less, say experts. ... more
NASA and Industry Team Successfully Test Orion Launch Abort Motor
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