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September 29, 2016
Race to near space: Superfast flight
Beijing (XNA) Sep 28, 2016
Chinese aerospace researchers are pushing the limits in a new sphere - near space - which promises superfast vehicles for passengers, business and military use. Nearly half of the 24 entries in the final round of the Third National Design Contest on Future Aircraft and Space Planes, held in Beijing on Monday, had to do with flight in near space. A total of 284 entries from space institutes, universities and military research establishments across the country, took part in the competition joi ... read more

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Spacecraft with novel propulsion systems and lightweight radiation shields are required for human space travel beyond the moon, former National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) head Sean ... more
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Falcon 9 Launch Failure
On September 1st, a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle suffered a catastrophic anomaly on its launch pad (Space Launch Complex 40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The event occurred during preparat ... more
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SpaceX appeals for help in probe of rocket blast
SpaceX appealed for help from the public and US government agencies on Friday in the investigation of what made a Falcon 9 rocket explode last week during a launch test. ... more
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Air Force tests first full-scale component of Hydrocarbon Boost Program
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RD-180 license expires in 2030
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NASA Tests New Insulation for SLS Rocket
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Orion Jettison Motor Fires to Ensure Crew Safety for the Journey to Mars
Aerojet Rocketdyne has tested its third development jettison motor for NASA's Orion spacecraft at its facility in Rancho Cordova, California. Orion is being built to take humans farther into space t ... more
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Specialized Transporters Move Core Stage of NASA's Space Launch System Rocket
Any fitness expert will say it is important to take care of your body's core. Any engineer will say the same about rockets. Before NASA's Space Launch System - the most powerful rocket in the ... more
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India tests new scramjet rocket engine
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully tested its new scramjet engine and expects a commercial launch. This is being touted as the most cost-effective rocket engine the world ... more
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Russia to spend big upgrading rocket engine reliability
Russian state space corporation Roscosmos is allocating over 1.9 billion rubles ($29 million) to upgrading carrier rocket engines, rocket boosters and spacecraft, according to materials published on ... more
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Russia to design super-heavy carrier rocket
Russia's S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC) Energia General Director said that state space corporation Roscosmos has started work on designing a new super-heavy class carrier rocket on ... more
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NASA to hold Industry Day to discuss Universal Stage Adapter
NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland will host an industry day on Aug. 17 to share information about a Draft Request for Proposal for the Space Launch System's (SLS) Universal Stage Adapter (US ... more
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First results show success for second NASA SLS booster test
For two heart-pumping minutes, the booster for NASA's new rocket, the Space Launch System, demonstrated its power and operated as planned at nearly 6,000 degrees Fahrenheit during a successful quali ... more
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Orbital ATK and NASA report outcomes from Qualification Motor QM-2 test
NASA and Orbital ATK report that data gathered and reviewed to date from the second five-segment qualification motor (QM-2) test show the solid rocket motor manufactured by Orbital ATK performed as ... more
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Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) Dream Chaser full-scale, flight test vehicle is ready for transportation to NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) in California where Phase Two flight test ... more
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India Set to Test Domestically-Produced Scramjet Engine in Third Quarter
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NASA completes first shell buckling tests with a bang
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