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October 31, 2014
NASA Completes Initial Assessment after Orbital Launch Mishap
Wallops Island VA (SPX) Oct 31, 2014
The Wallops Incident Response Team has completed an initial assessment of Wallops Island, Virginia, following the catastrophic failure of Orbital Science Corp.'s Antares rocket shortly after liftoff at 6:22 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Oct. 28, from Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. "I want to praise the launch team, range safety, all of our emergency responders and those who provided mutual aid and support on a highly-professional response that ensu ... read more

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SpaceX returns to Earth loaded with lab results
SpaceX's unmanned Dragon spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday carrying a heavy load of NASA cargo and scientific samples from the International Space Station that experts hope could yield significant results. ... more
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Proton-M Lofts Express-AM6 Satellite
Russia launched on Tuesday an Express-series communications satellite on board the Proton-M carrier rocket from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said. "T ... more
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China Completes Country's Largest Spaceport
Construction of the fourth and the largest spaceport in China in the country's southern city of Wenchang has been completed and it is ready for launch, People's Daily reported Friday. Completi ... more
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Argentina launches geostationary satellite
Argentina is launching a geostationary communications satellite Thursday that was built at home with local technology, a first for Latin America. ... more
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Arianespace's December mission for DIRECTV-14 and GSAT-16 satellites in process
Basic build-up of the Ariane 5 for Arianespace's sixth heavy-lift flight of 2014 is complete for a mission scheduled from French Guiana in early December with two geostationary orbit relay satellite ... more
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Inquiry reveals design stage shortcoming in Galileo navigation system
European satellite launch company Arianespace on Wednesday said a shortcoming in the design stages was behind an anomaly that occurred during August's Soyuz mission to carry two satellites in the Ga ... more
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Soyuz Flight VS09 Report
The Independent Inquiry Board formed to analyze the causes of the anomaly occurring during the orbital injection of satellites in the Galileo constellation by a Soyuz rocket launched from the Guiana ... more
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ARSAT-1 is installed on the Ariane 5 for Arianespace's next heavy-lift mission
Final payload integration has begun for Arianespace's heavy-lift mission on October 16, with ARSAT-1 now installed on the workhorse Ariane 5 launcher at the Spaceport in French Guiana. The spa ... more
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A Successful Launch for Himawari-8
Moog Space and Defense Group provided critical hardware to the Himawari-8 weather satellite, manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO). The launch took place at Tanegashima Space Cente ... more
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Europe sat-nav launch glitch linked to frozen pipe
A frozen fuel pipe in the upper stage of a Soyuz launcher likely caused the failure last month to place two European navigation satellites in orbit, a source close to the inquiry said Wednesday. ... more
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Proton Failure Review Board Concludes Investigation
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Arianespace's lightweight Vega launcher is readied for its mission with the European IXV spaceplane
Another lightweight Vega launcher has begun its build-up at the Spaceport, initiating preparations for Arianespace's mid-November liftoff from French Guiana with the European Space Agency's Intermed ... more
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Elon Musk, Rick Perry attend groundbreaking for Texas spaceport
At a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday for SpaceX's planned commercial spaceport, CEO Elon Musk promised his company would transform the small stretch of the Texas Gulf Coast into a hub for cutting edge aerospace technology. ... more
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Soyuz Rocket Awaiting Launch at Baikonur Cosmodrome
The Soyuz-FG orbital carrier rocket and Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft have been delivered and installed at the Gagarin's Start launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a launch is planned ... more
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France raises heat on decision for next Ariane rocket
France's space agency on Thursday unveiled a revised proposal for an Ariane rocket ahead of a tough decision on launchers by the European Space Agency (ESA). ... more
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Lockheed Martin-built CLIO Satellite Launched From Cape Canaveral
The U.S. Government's CLIO satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin, was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Lift-off occurred at 6:10 p.m. MDT aboard a United Launc ... more
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United Launch Alliance Launches Its 60th Mission from Cape Canaveral
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the CLIO mission for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company launched at 8:10 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex-41. "It is an honor to wor ... more
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Elon Musk gets fresh challenge with space contract
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. ... more
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NASA's Wind-Watching ISS-RapidScat Ready for Launch
The fourth SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract, carrying the ISS-RapidScat scatterometer instrument designed and built by ... more
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Proton Launches May Compete on Price With US Falcons
Future commercial launches of Russian Proton launch vehicles will be able to compete with the US Space X's Falcon 9 rockets but on certain conditions, the Deputy Director General in charge of Econom ... more
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SpaceX's next cargo launch set for Sept 20
SpaceX's next unmanned cargo trip to restock supplies at the International Space Station is scheduled for September 20, the US space agency said Friday. ... more
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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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