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November 17, 2017
NASA launch of NOAA weather satellite rescheduled for Nov 18
Vandenberg AFB CA (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
The launch of the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) satellite, the first in a new series of four highly advanced National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) polar-orbiting satellites, now is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket from Space Launch Complex 2 is targeted for 4:47 a.m. EST (1:47 a.m. PST). NASA TV launch coverage begins at 4:15 a.m. and will conclude after the deployme ... read more

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SpaceX postpones launch of secretive Zuma mission
SpaceX on Thursday postponed the launch of a secretive US government payload known as Zuma, a mission whose nature - and the agency behind it - is a mystery. ... more
Baikonur for Russia, Kazakhstan offers UAE Baikonur for launches
United Arab Emirates Space Agency and Russia's space corporation Roscosmos plan to create a joint technical committee for the implementation of space projects. Roscosmos chief Igor Komarov tol ... more
The state of commercial spaceports in 2017
About two years ago the FAA gave Houston the "go-ahead" to build America's 10th commercial spaceport. Yes, the US already had nine spaceports designated for commercial operations. One must ask ... more
Orbital ATK launches eighth cargo mission to space
An unmanned cargo ship packed with 7,400 pounds (3,350 kilograms) of food and supplies for the astronauts living at the International Space Station blasted off Sunday from Wallops Island, Virginia. ... more
Vega launches Earth observation satellite for Morocco
Arianespace has launched a Vega rocket to deliver an Earth observation satellite into orbit for the Kingdom of Morocco. Liftoff of Vega's 11th mission from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French ... more
Orbital ATK Successfully Tests First Motor Case for Next Generation Launch Vehicle
Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced it has successfully completed an important milestone in developing advanced solid rocket propulsion and other technologi ... more
Russia embezzlement probe at rocket firm Soyuz
Russian authorities said Friday they had launched an inquiry into alleged embezzlement at the Progress factory which develops Soyuz rockets for the country's space industry. ... more
NASA Selects Studies for Gateway Power and Propulsion Element
NASA has selected five U.S. companies to conduct four-month studies for a power and propulsion element that could be used as part of the deep space gateway concept. The agency is studying the gatewa ... more

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Launch your design with Cheops
ESA is offering graphic designers and artists a unique opportunity to feature their work on the rocket carrying the Cheops satellite. The design will be placed on the Soyuz rocket's fairing, t ... more
Alaska Aerospace Launches Aurora Launch Services Company
he Alaska Aerospace Board of Directors has approved a resolution adopting Articles of Organization and Operating Agreement establishing Aurora Launch Services, LLC. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of A ... more
Arianespace to launch Embratel Star One D2
Brazilian operator Embratel Star One and U.S. satellite manufacturer SSL (Space Systems Loral) have chosen Arianespace to launch the Embratel Star One D2 satellite. Arianespace reports the sig ... more
SpaceX launches Korean satellite, sticks rocket landing
SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket Monday carrying a South Korean communications satellite to boost broadband coverage for southeast Asia and the Middle East, and stuck its 19th rocket landing in two years. ... more
What Ever Happened to Sea Launch?
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Oct 31, 2017 Sea Launch was a unique space launch system intended to be an attractive way to launch geostationary earth orbit (GEO) satellites. It was developed as a multinationa ... more
Thruster for Mars mission breaks records
An advanced space engine in the running to propel humans to Mars has broken the records for operating current, power and thrust for a device of its kind, known as a Hall thruster. The developm ... more
Arianespace to launch Inmarsat's fifth Global Xpress satellite
Arianespace and Inmarsat have announced the signature of the launch contract for Inmarsat's Global Xpress-5 (GX-5) very high throughput communications satellite. The satellite will be orbited ... more
New solid rocket motor development facility completed at Spaceport America
UP Aerospace Inc. and Cesaroni Aerospace teamed to create a state-of-the-art solid rocket motor manufacturing and test facility at Spaceport America, New Mexico. The project was completed in under o ... more

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Draper and Sierra Nevada Corporation announce new agreement for space missions
Building on a long-term strategic partnership, Draper and Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that sets a course for the two companies to explore development o ... more
Aerojet Rocketdyne breaks ground on advanced manufacturing center in Huntsville
Aerojet Rocketdyne has marked a key milestone when it officially broke ground on a new, 136,000-square-foot manufacturing facility located in Huntsville, Alabama. During a ceremony, attended by Alab ... more
NASA awards launch contracts for Landsat 9 and Sentinel-6A
NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC (ULS) of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for the Landsat 9 mission. The mission is currently targeted for a contract launch date of June ... more
ESA role in Europe's first all-electric telecom satellite
Europe's first all-electric telecom satellite has reached its final working orbit above the Pacific Ocean. Eutelsat-172B, built for Eutelsat by Airbus, carries new technologies developed through ESA ... more
Lockheed Martin Launches Second Cycle of 'Girls' Rocketry Challenge' in Japan
Lockheed Martin has launched the second cycle of its 'Girls' Rocketry Challenge' program, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiative designed to enable female high school s ... more
It's a success! Blue Origin conducts first hot-fire test of BE-4 engine
Billionaire Jeff Bezos' space company Blue Origin has fired up the most powerful new US rocket engine in decades, BE-4. The engine can be used in multiple rockets, including United Launch Alliance's ... more
First Four Space Launch System Flight Engines Ready To Rumble
The flight preparations for the four engines that will power NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) on its first integrated flight with Orion are complete and the engines are assembled and ready to be joi ... more
Russia May Adjust Space Program to Construct Super-Heavy Carrier Rocket
Russia may adjust its federal space program to facilitate funding of the construction of a super-heavy-lift launch vehicle (SHLLV), General Director of Russia's Rocket and Space Corporation Energia ... more
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