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July 29, 2015
SMC goes "2-for-2" on weather delayed launch
Los Angeles AFB CA (SPX) Jul 29, 2015
Five o'clock in the "City of Angels" typically signals the end of a hard work day. It's a time when most Los Angeles metropolitan area commuters pile on to the freeways and Metrorail system, returning to their homes during the long summer evening. However, about 25 dedicated Space and Missile Systems Center personnel put off their mad dash to jam the streets of L.A. and gathered instead in the Gordon Conference Center at the Schriever Space Complex. Instead of having visions of the weekend ahead, ... read more

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Failed strut caused SpaceX rocket blast: CEO Elon Musk
The explosion last month of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket was caused by a failed support piece, or strut, that allowed a helium bottle to burst free inside the rocket's liquid oxygen tank, CEO Elon Musk said Monday. ... more
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On June 28, 2015, following a nominal liftoff, Falcon 9 experienced an overpressure event in the upper stage liquid oxygen tank approximately 139 seconds into flight, resulting in loss of mission. T ... more
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Ariane 5 orbits Star One C4 and MSG-4 on Arianespace's sixth flight in 2015
Arianespace's marked the halfway point in its fast-paced 2015 operational schedule today with the 66th consecutive successful Ariane 5 launch, which deployed two satellites into geostationary transf ... more
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EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite arrive in French Guiana
The EUTELSAT 8 West B telecommunications satellite for Arianespace's next Ariane 5 mission is now in French Guiana, enabling payload preparations to begin for a scheduled August 20 flight from the S ... more
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Atlas V Launch Uses New Measurement Hardware
An Atlas V rocket has been successfully launched At Cape Canaveral, and all of its systems were monitored and recorded using brand new measurement hardware developed by DEWETRON. Measuring systems d ... more
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Supporting Arianespace's mission cadence: A new fueling facility is ready
Arianespace's new Fregat Fueling Facility (FCube) is the latest addition to the Spaceport's launcher and satellite processing resources, further supporting the company's sustained mission rates with ... more
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Ariane 5 lofts two geo birds for teleco and weather customers
Arianespace has successfully launched two geostationary satellites: Star One C4 for the private operator Embratel Star One, the leading satellite communications company in South America, and MSG-4 f ... more
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30 launches planned in next three fiscals: ISRO chief
The Indian space agency has a roadmap of 10 launches per year for the next three financial years or a total of 30 launches in the period, its chief A.S.Kiran Kumar said on Monday. The Indian S ... more
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Baikonur Cosmodrome to Be Equipped With Viewing Platforms
Comfortable viewing platforms for tourists are due to be installed at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan by 2017, according to an official from the Kazakh Investment and Development Ministry ... more
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India to launch its heaviest commercial mission to date
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to undertake its heaviest commercial mission to date, launching five British satellites on July 10. The ISRO and its commercial arm Antrix will u ... more
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Final payload integration begins for next Ariane 5 launch
Arianespace's next Ariane 5 flight has entered its final preparations with installation of Star One C4 on the launcher's SYLDA dual-passenger dispenser system - positioning it for the upper slot of ... more
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Licensed commercial spaceport to be built in Houston, Texas
Houston, the fourth largest city of the United States, will build a licensed commercial spaceport for Reusable Launch Vehicles (RLV), the 10th of its kind in the country, local media reported Tuesda ... more
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More Fidelity for SpaceX In-Flight Abort Reduces Risk
Following the successful pad abort test in May, SpaceX began developing a plan that would move its in-flight abort test to provide higher fidelity data and reduce risk to future crews launched to th ... more
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Rocket Lab Announces World's First Commercial Launch Site
Today Rocket Lab announced it will be the first commercial company to build and operate an orbital launch site. The company plans to build the launch site on Kaitorete Spit in the Canterbury region ... more
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NovaWurks and Spaceflight Services set for payload test bed mission in 2017
NovaWurks and Spaceflight Services have announced a signed launch contract for a NovaWurks Payload Test Bed (PTB) mission planned for the third quarter of 2017. PTB-2, the second of the company's Pa ... more
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SpaceX rocket explodes after launch
An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded less than three minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sunday, in the first major disaster for the fast-charging company headed by Internet tycoon Elon Musk. ... more
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What cargo was lost in the SpaceX explosion?
While NASA and SpaceX continue to search for answers to the questions of why and how the latest resupply mission prematurely ended in a dramatic explosion, others are mourning the loss of cargo. ... more
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Arianespace restructure signals major changes in company governance
Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL) has reached an agreement with the French State and CNES, the French space agency, to transfer CNES's stake in Arianespace. After the completion of all regulatory consul ... more
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Garvey Spacecraft selects Pacific Spaceport Complex
Garvey Spacecraft Corporation (GSC) has announced its selection of Alaska Aerospace Corporation's Pacific Spaceport Complex - Alaska (PSCA) on Kodiak Island as host range for the next phase of the c ... more
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NASA issues RFP for New Class of Launch Services
NASA's Launch Services Program has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for new commercial Venture Class Launch Services (VCLS) for small satellites, often called CubeSats or nanosatellites, and expe ... more
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Sentinel-2A satellite ready for Launch from Kourou
Sentinel-2A, Europe's next Copernicus satellite in Space, is being readied by engineers from Airbus Defence and Space, the world's second largest space company, for a 23 June 2015 lift-off from Kour ... more
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SpaceX achieves pad abort milestone approval for Commercial Crew
NASA has approved a $30 million milestone payment to SpaceX under the agency's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) agreement with the company following a recent and successful pad abort t ... more
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MSG-4 and S1 C4 make initial contact with Ariane 5 launcher hardware
The two satellite passengers for Arianespace's third Ariane 5 mission in 2015 are advancing through their pre-flight preparations, with MSG-4 and Star One C4 each completing separate fit-check proce ... more
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Airbus developing reusable space rocket launcher
European aircraft and aerospace giant Airbus has unveiled plans for a reusable space rocket launcher that should be ready in 2025, which the firm says will be radically different from the concept of rival US firm Space X. ... more
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