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September 18, 2014
Elon Musk gets fresh challenge with space contract
Washington (AFP) Sept 17, 2014
With a $2.6 billion contract for his firm SpaceX to build a spacecraft for carrying astronauts to the International Space Station, Elon Musk's star is on the rise again. South Africa-born Musk has become one of America's best-known innovators, having launched a payments company, electric carmaker Tesla Motors, SpaceX and SolarCity, which makes solar panels for homes and businesses. He also operates his own foundation focusing on education, clean energy and child health. NASA awarded contract ... read more

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Satellite Services supplies on-board sub-systems for smallsats and microsats.
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NASA's Wind-Watching ISS-RapidScat Ready for Launch
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Proton Launches May Compete on Price With US Falcons
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SpaceX's next cargo launch set for Sept 20
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Amazon founder strikes deal to build US rocket engines

France raises heat on decision for next Ariane rocket

MIT researchers developing tight-fitting space suits of the future

Spaceship designer who helped send Gagarin into orbit dies at 92

Reinterpreting dark matter

India A New Contender in Asian Space Race or Technological Breakthrough

NASA Mars Spacecraft Ready for Sept. 21 Orbit Insertion

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MEASAT-3b and Optus 10 given go-ahead for Ariane 5 Sept 11 launch
The Arianespace heavy-lift Ariane 5 mission with telecommunications satellites for two leading Asia-Pacific operators received the "green light" for its Thursday liftoff from the Spaceport in French ... more
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SpaceX launches AsiaSat 6 satellite
The 45th Space Wing supported Space Exploration Technologies' (SpaceX) successful launch of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the AsiaSat 6 satellite here from Space Launch Complex 40 at 1 a.m. EDT Sept. ... more
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SpaceX launches second satellite in the past month
SpaceX, a company known for delivering cargo to the International Space Station, successfully launched the AsiaSat 6 satellite into orbit on Sunday. This is the second successful mission SpaceX has launched for AsiaSat, a Hong Kong company, for the goal of broadcasting internet and video to parts of Asia. The satellite is designed to remain in orbit for a minimum of 15 years. The launch occurred without any complications or difficulties, according to reports. ... more
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SpaceX rocket explodes during test flight
A SpaceX rocket exploded in midair during a test flight Friday, though no one was injured, as the company seeks to develop a spacecraft that can return to Earth and be used again. ... more
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Sea Launch Takes Proactive Steps to Address Manifest Gap
Sea Launch has announced a series of cost-reduction measures designed to address an upcoming gap in the launch manifest of the Zenit-3SL system. According to plan, it is expected that Sea Laun ... more
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Russian Cosmonauts Carry Out Science-Oriented Spacewalk Outside ISS
Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev on Monday ventured outside the International Space Station (ISS) to conduct a planned six-hour and 15-minute spacewalk focused on scientific ... more
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Optus 10 delivered to French Guiana for Ariane 5 Sept launch
The return of Optus 10 to French Guiana has set the stage for a new phase of payload preparations at the Spaceport with Arianespace's next Ariane 5 mission, which is scheduled for a September liftof ... more
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Aerojet Rocketdyne Supports Fifth Successful Launch in Six Weeks
Aerojet Rocketdyne supported the launch of the WorldView-3 commercial remote sensing satellite into orbit - the fifth launch in six weeks. The mission was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in ... more
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SpaceX to build world's first commercial rocket launch site in south Texas
SpaceX has announced it will build the world's first commercial launchpad for orbital rockets in the south of Texas. The facility, which is expected to drag the area out of an economic hole, might b ... more
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Ariane 5 is readied for Arianespace's September launch with MEASAT-3b and Optus 10
Preparations for Arianespace's next Ariane 5 mission marked an important milestone this week with the vehicle's transfer from the Spaceport's Launcher Integration Building - where it was assembled, ... more
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ATK Passes Critical Design Review for NASA's Space Launch System Booster
ATK (ATK) has successfully completed its Critical Design Review (CDR) with NASA to verify that the five-segment solid rocket booster is on track for an unmanned, first flight of NASA's Space Launch ... more
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Russia to Decide on Future of Sea Launch Project by End of 2014
Russia will decide on the future of the Sea Launch project, which uses Russian-Ukrainian Zenit-SL rockets to put commercial cargo into orbit, by the end of the year, the head of Russia's United Rock ... more
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United Launch Alliance Launches Two Rockets in Just Four Days
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the seventh Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF (GPS IIF-7) satellite for the U.S. Air Force launched at 11:23 p.m. EDT yesterday from Space La ... more
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SpaceX launches AsiaSat8 into orbit via Falcon 9 rocket
SpaceX took a break from launching resupply missions to the International Space Station in order to put a new commercial satellite into orbit. ... more
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AsiaSat 8 Successfully Lifts Off
AsiaSat 8 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle successfully lifted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, U.S.A. at Hong Kong Time 4:00 p.m. (4:00 a.m. EDT or Cape Canaveral lo ... more
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US Launches Two Surveillance Satellites From Cape Canaveral
A Delta 4 rocket mounted with two GSSAP surveillance satellites to monitor space debris and other space activities was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida Monday, CBS News reported. "We wi ... more
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United Launch Alliance Marks 85th Successful Launch
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket successfully launched the AFSPC-4 mission for the U.S. Air Force on July 28 at 7:28 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex-37. This is ULA's eighth launch ... more
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US aerospace firm outlines New Zealand-based space program
A United States aerospace company is aiming to make New Zealand one of the exclusive group of countries with a space program by promising a revolutionary new satellite-carrying rocket for a fraction ... more
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China to launch satellite for Venezuela
The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has signed an agreement with Venezuela for in-orbit delivery of a second remote sensing satellite for the country, the company said on T ... more
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SpaceX releases video of rocket splashing into the ocean
Aerospace company SpaceX has released a video of its attempt to return part of its Falcon 9 rocket to Earth. It's what SpaceX engineers call a "soft landing," though "soft" in this case is a relative term. ... more
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SpaceX Soft Lands Falcon 9 Rocket First Stage
Following last week's successful launch of six ORBCOMM satellites, the Falcon 9 rocket's first stage reentered Earth's atmosphere and soft landed in the Atlantic Ocean. This test confirms that the F ... more
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ISS 'space truck' launch postponed: Arianespace
The July 24 launch of a robot ship to deliver provisions to the International Space Station has been postponed "for a few days", space transport firm Arianespace said Friday. ... more
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SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 Flights Deemed Successful
The U.S. Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center declared both the Dec. 3, 2013 and Jan. 6, 2014 flights of the Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) Falcon 9 v1.1 l ... more
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Sanctions on Russian launchers confers advantage to others
Even though Russia's rocket industry is forced to operate under Western sanctions, thought these punitive measures can eventually do the industry more good than harm, Russia's deputy prime minister, ... more
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