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September 01, 2017
Aerospace test at Sandia goes green with alternative to explosives
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Sep 01, 2017
Sandia National Laboratories has successfully demonstrated a new, more environmentally friendly method to test a rocket part to ensure its avionics can withstand the shock from stage separation during flight. The new method - called the Alternative Pyroshock Test - used a nitrogen-powered gas gun to shoot a 100-pound steel projectile into a steel resonant beam, which then transfers energy through a resonant cone attached to the part being tested. The resulting energy transfer mimics the conditions ... read more

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully designed and developed a ship-borne transportable antenna terminal to fulfill the telemetry tracking and command requirements for all s ... more
Falcon 9 launches from Vandenberg
Team Vandenberg launched the FORMOSAT-5 satellite on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-4 here Thursday, Aug. 24, at 11:51 a.m. PDT. Col. Gregory E. Wood, 30th Space Wing vice ... more
SpaceX launches Taiwan's first home-built satellite
SpaceX on Thursday launched the first satellite designed and built entirely in Taiwan, a spacecraft that aims to boost disaster forecasts and mapping, environmental observation and space research. ... more
Indian Space Agency, Israeli counterpart to formalize strategic collaborations
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) says it is looking for greater cooperation with Israel in the field of electric propulsion system of space technology and optical communication technique. ... more
Wind Tunnel Test of Deep Space Rocket Calls For New Coat of Paint
NASA's most advanced launch vehicle is undergoing a variety of testing before the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket will be used to launch astronauts in the agency's Orion spacecraft on missions to e ... more
SpaceX unveils peek at sleek new spacesuit
Spacex's chief executive Elon Musk gave a sneak peek Wednesday at the California-based company's futuristic new spacesuit. ... more
Soyuz-2 Rocket to Arrive at Vostochny on September 20 for November Launch
Russia's Center for Ground-Based Space Infrastructure Facilities, the operator of Russia's cosmodromes, will ensure the delivery of the Soyuz-2 carrier rocket for the first 2017 launch from the Vost ... more
Equipment for Angara heavy-class rocket arrives at Vostochny Cosmodrome
The first technological equipment for the launch of the Angara heavy class carrier rocket has been delivered to the Vostochny Space Center in Russian Far East, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry R ... more

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The Phantom Lunar Dragon
In February, SpaceX announced plans to send a crewed Dragon capsule on a private circumlunar mission in late 2018. The announcement caught most of the space community by surprise. It was a bold plan ... more
Russia's S7 group plans to resume Zenit launches from Sea Launch platform
Russia's S7 Space Transportation Systems company plans to start launching Zenit-3SL carrier rockets from the Sea Launch floating platform and continue until 2023, the company said on its website Mon ... more
New thruster design increases efficiency for future spaceflight
Hall thrusters (HTs) are used in earth-orbiting satellites, and also show promise to propel robotic spacecraft long distances, such as from Earth to Mars. The propellant in a HT, usually xenon, is a ... more
'Dragon captured' as cargo arrives at space station
SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo vessel, carrying the first super-computer to space as part of its 6,400 pound (2,900 kilograms) payload arrived Wednesday at the International Space Station. ... more
SHIIVER tank arrives at NASA's Marshall Center for spray-on foam insulation
A technical challenge that NASA is working to solve is how to maintain very cold liquid propellants to be used as fuel for deep space missions. Heat intercept concepts such as advanced insulation bl ... more
SpaceX launches super-computer to space station
SpaceX on Monday blasted off its unmanned Dragon cargo ship toward the International Space Station, carrying a host of science experiments and the most powerful computer ever sent into orbit. ... more
SpaceX Sets August 14 Launch Date for Next US Resupply Mission to ISS
Three tons of supplies and payloads for the International Space Station are scheduled for a Monday afternoon launch at the Kennedy Space Center, SpaceX said in a press release on Wednesday. Th ... more
NASA Guide Outlines Deep Space Rocket's Unprecedented Capabilities
The Space Launch System (SLS) provides America with a unique capability to launch more than double what any current vehicle can carry on the first SLS mission and up to four times as much on subsequ ... more

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Production of the five-segment powerhouse motors for the Space Launch System (SLS) solid rocket boosters is on target at prime contractor Orbital ATK's facilities in Utah, with 10 motor segments cas ... more
VSS Unity Flies with Propulsion Systems Installed and Live
It was a beautiful summer's morning here in Mojave today and a great day for flying! During the couple of months since VSS Unity's last flight, our teams have been focusing their efforts on a long l ... more
Dragon to be packed with new experiments for International Space Station
The International Space Station is a unique scientific platform enabling researchers from around the world to develop experiments that could not be performed on Earth. A line of unpiloted resupply s ... more
NASA taps BWXT for reactor design for future Mars missions
BWXT Nuclear Energy Inc. is to draw up conceptual designs for a nuclear thermal propulsion reactor for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. ... more
India looks to more launches with new facility from 2018
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will get a major capacity boost from early 2018 as an additional launch pad is fast nearing completion. With the new launch pad, ISRO can achieve its ta ... more
Sea Launch to be modernized for Russia's Soyuz-5 carrier rocket
The Sea Launch international spacecraft launch service will be modernized to be suited for launches of Soyuz-5 medium-launch carrier rocket, the director general of Russia's Roscosmos state space co ... more
Navy completes testing fixes on electro-magnetic launch systems
The U.S. Navy announced this week it has completed testing on a software fix for the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System used on the Gerald R. Ford-class of aircraft carriers. ... more
Aerojet Rocketdyne's RS-25 Flight Controller Goes Three for Three in SLS Test
Aerojet Rocketdynehas tested its third RS-25 engine flight controller at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The RS-25 engine will propel America's next-generation heavy lift rocket, t ... more
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