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June 23, 2017
Orbex reveals space rocket factory
London, UK (SPX) Jun 23, 2017
Welcoming the UK's focus on low-cost, reliable commercial spaceflight activities in the Queens's Speech, a UK company has revealed details of a 1200m2 space rocket factory currently building vertical launch vehicles that will be launched into orbit from the UK. Orbex, a UK company that has raised significant venture capital investment, is building a space micro-launcher, a small launch vehicle able to transport payloads of up to 150kg to Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The company is already using the exis ... read more

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Arianespace signs its initial launch contract for the new Vega C launcher
Arianespace, which is sharing a chalet with ArianeGroup at this year's Paris Air Show, is focused on the future with the announcement of a first contract for the future Vega C launcher, while gearin ... more
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Arianespace to orbit Airbus' upcoming constellation of observation satellites
Airbus Defence and Space and Arianespace has announced the signature of the launch services contract for the next generation of very-high-resolution optical observation satellites. Two VEGA C launch ... more
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OHB Italia sign contract to launch PRISMA Italian satellite with Arianespace
OHB Italia Spa and Arianespace have announced the signature of the launch contract for the Italian Space Agency's PRISMA (PRecursore IperSpettrale della Missione Applicativa) satellite. The la ... more
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India's 'Baahubali' GSLV MK III Lifts Less Luggage Than Lighter Rockets
The "Baahubali" or "fat boy" of Indian rockets - GSLV Mk III - weighs several tonnes more than some of the other expendable rockets in the world but its carrying capacity is far less, say experts. ... more
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NASA and Industry Team Successfully Test Orion Launch Abort Motor
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, along with NASA and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), successfully performed a ground firing test of the abort motor for NAS ... more
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Kazakh man dies in fire after Russian rocket launch
A Kazakh man died and another was hospitalised after they were caught in a fire on the steppes triggered by falling debris from a Russian space launch, Russian and Kazakh authorities said Thursday. ... more
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Russia's Next Carrier-Based Rocket Launch Planned for 2018 - Khrunichev Center
Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center said that the last launch of Russia's light-class Rokot carrier rocket will take place early next year. The last launch of Russia's light- ... more

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India's Kerosene-Based Semi-Cryogenic Engine to Be Flight Test Ready by 2021
After the successful launch of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk-III (GSLV Mk-III), the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is now focusing on the semi-cryogenic engine, which use ... more
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Launch Vehicle Rocket Engines
Many innovators have proposed a variety of concepts that might propel a launch vehicle from Earth to orbit. However, only two basic types of rocket engines have survived the test of fire: Solid prop ... more
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NASA awards Universal Stage Adapter contract for SLS
NASA has selected Dynetics, Inc. of Huntsville, Alabama, to develop and build a universal stage adapter for the agency's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. The adapter will connect NASA's Orion space ... more
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Proton returns to flight with US satellite after 12 month hiatus
A Russian Proton rocket with a US telecom satellite Echostar-21 was successfully launched early Thursday from the Baikonur spaceport in southern Kazakhstan, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said. ... more
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Russian rocket returns to service with launch of US satellite
Russia on Thursday sent into space a Proton rocket carrying a US telecom satellite, Echostar-21, the first launch in a year after an engine glitch sparked a probe into manufacturing flaws. ... more
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Ariane 5 launches its heaviest telecom payload
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SpaceX's first recycled Dragon arrives at space station
SpaceX's first-ever recycled spaceship arrived Monday at the International Space Station, two days after the unmanned Dragon cargo capsule launched atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. ... more
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India shows off space prowess with launch of mega-rocket
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Ariane 5 launches its first all-electric satellite
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India launches GSLV in heavy lift configuation
India's most powerful homegrown rocket was launched Monday, marking another milestone for its indigenous space programme that one day hopes to put a man into orbit. The 43-metre (140-foot) rocket lifted off just before 5:30 pm (1200 GMT) from the southern island of Sriharikota, one of two sites used by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to launch satellites ... more
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Eutelsat signs new launch contract with Arianespace
Following the launch of the EUTELSAT 172B satellite, Eutelsat Communications announced a new launch services contract with Arianespace. The Arianespace order book now includes three future lau ... more
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Successful launch puts New Zealand in space race
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