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April 15, 2017
Dream Chaser to use Europe's next-generation docking system
Paris (ESA) Apr 10, 2017
ESA and a team of European industrial contractors led by QinetiQ have finalised an agreement with Sierra Nevada Corporation for the use of Europe's International Berthing Docking Mechanism on the Dream Chaser spaceplane. The Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Dream Chaser is being developed as a reusable, lifting-body, multimission spacecraft capable of landing at commercial airports or spaceports that can accommodate large commercial aircraft anywhere in the world. Selected to provide cargo de ... read more

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Russian Plant to Overhaul Nearly All Proton Rocket Engines in 2017
Russia's Voronezh Mechanical Plant will overhaul nearly all the recalled engines for the Proton launch vehicles this and next year, the head of Russia's Energomash space and rocket engine manufactur ... more
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Flight Tests of Super-Heavy Angara-A5V Carrier Rocket May Start in 2027
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SpaceX hails 'revolution' after recycled rocket launch, landing
SpaceX chief Elon Musk hailed a "revolution in spaceflight" on Thursday after blasting off a recycled rocket for the first time, a feat that could dramatically lower the cost of space travel. ... more
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Evolution of Arianespace governance ensures greater coherence with Airbus Safran Launchers
Arianespace shareholders voted unanimously to convert the launch operator and subsidiary of Airbus Safran Launchers to an SAS (simplified joint-stock company) at the company's Annual General Meeting ... more
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SpaceX launches first recycled rocket
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Musk diving into minds while reaching for Mars
Not content to reach for Mars and dethrone fossil fuels, tech entrepreneur Elon Musk on Tuesday is turning his focus to delving into people's minds. ... more
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Spaceport America sets new record for student launched sounding rocket
Spaceport America and the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering Rocket Propulsion Lab announced a record-breaking rocket launch took place at 9:23 am MST from Spaceport Ame ... more
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The "Brain" of the Space Launch System RS-25 Engine Passes Critical Test
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Satellite launch shelved over strikes
After three days of delays caused by worker strikes in French Guiana, rocket firm Arianespace opted Thursday to postpone indefinitely the launch of satellites for South Korean and Brazilian clients. ... more
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MAXUS - Europe's largest sounding rocket to be launched from Esrange
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Russia, China could cooperate on developing reusable rockets
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India gets indigenously built hypersonic wind tunnel
The Indian Space Research Organisation on Monday commissioned the world's third-largest hypersonic wind tunnel in Thiruvananthapuram. It will be put to use in optimizing the design and development o ... more
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N.Korea rocket test shows 'meaningful progress': South
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SpaceX cargo ship returns to Earth
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N. Korea's Kim hails engine test as 'new birth' for rocket industry
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US BE-4 Rocket Engines to Replace Russian RD-180 on Atlas Carrier Rockets
BE-4 rocket engines developed by the Blue Origin company will eventually replace Russian RD-180 engines on US Atlas space launch vehicles, head of Russia's space corporation Roscosmos, Igor Komarov, ... more
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