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October 20, 2017
ESA role in Europe's first all-electric telecom satellite
Paris (ESA) Oct 18, 2017
Europe's first all-electric telecom satellite has reached its final working orbit above the Pacific Ocean. Eutelsat-172B, built for Eutelsat by Airbus, carries new technologies developed through ESA-led projects, including fully articulated thruster arms. The satellite relied entirely on electric thrusters to climb from its initial orbit into its planned slot over the equator some 35 800 km up, and is now using them to hold position. "Electric propulsion is at least an order of magnitude mor ... read more

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Lockheed Martin Launches Second Cycle of 'Girls' Rocketry Challenge' in Japan
Lockheed Martin has launched the second cycle of its 'Girls' Rocketry Challenge' program, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiative designed to enable female high school s ... more
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First Four Space Launch System Flight Engines Ready To Rumble
The flight preparations for the four engines that will power NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) on its first integrated flight with Orion are complete and the engines are assembled and ready to be joi ... more
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Russia May Adjust Space Program to Construct Super-Heavy Carrier Rocket
Russia may adjust its federal space program to facilitate funding of the construction of a super-heavy-lift launch vehicle (SHLLV), General Director of Russia's Rocket and Space Corporation Energia ... more
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Rocket motor for Ariane 6 and Vega-C is cast for testing
The first full-scale model of the rocket motor that will propel Ariane 6 and Vega-C into orbit has been cast and filled with inert propellant for testing at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. The ... more
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RS-25 Engines Ready for Maiden Flight of NASA's Space Launch System
Aerojet Rocketdyne reports that four RS-25 engines slated to fly on Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), the maiden flight of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), are ready for integration with the rocket's c ... more
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Angola's First Satellite to Be Launched From Baikonur Spaceport Dec. 7
Rocket and Space Corporation Energia's General Designer Yevgeniy Mikrin said that a Ukrainian-made Zenit carrier rocket, loaded with the AngoSat-1 satellite, built at Angola's request, will be launc ... more
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SpaceX launches, lands recycled rocket
SpaceX on Wednesday launched a rocket that had already flown to space and landed it successfully on an ocean platform, as part of its ongoing effort to recycle costly rocket components. ... more
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DARPA Awards Aerojet Rocketdyne Contract to Develop Hypersonic Advanced Full Range Engine
Aerojet Rocketdyne has entered into an agreement with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop and ground test an innovative propulsion system under the agency's Advanced Ful ... more

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ASPIRE Successfully Launches from NASA Wallops
A NASA Black Brant IX sounding rocket carrying a parachute test platform was successfully launched at 6:45 a.m. EST, October 4, from the agency's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The 58-fo ... more
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Launch Vehicle and Missile Ascent Trajectories
Almost all launch vehicles and large missiles liftoff from the ground in the vertical direction and continue toward some objective. For a space launch system the objective is orbit, achieved by usin ... more
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Arianespace to launch COSMO-SkyMed satellites manufactured by Thales
Thales Alenia Space, joint-venture between Thales and Leonardo, and Arianespace has signed a launch contract for two COSMO-SkyMed Second-Generation (CSG) satellites manufactured for the Italian Spac ... more
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Ariane 5 rocket puts satellites into orbit on second attempt
An Ariane 5 rocket put two commercial satellites into orbit after an initial attempt was aborted earlier this month, operator Arianespace said early Saturday. ... more
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New Zealand opens first rocket launch site
New Zealand Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce on Wednesday opened New Zealand's first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island's east coa ... more
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Arianespace signs contract for 10 Vega and Vega C launchers
Arianespace and ELV/AVIO have announced the signature of a contract for Arianespace to order 10 Vega and Vega C launchers from the Italian manufacturer. The signing ceremony was attended by Fr ... more
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mu Space partners with Blue Origin to launch geostationary satellite
mu Space Corp has announced at the 68th Annual International Astronautical Congress that they have entered into an agreement with Blue Origin to partner on a future launch of a geostationary satelli ... more
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What looks good on paper may look good in space
An ancient art form has taken on new shape at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Origami, the Japanese tradition of paper-folding, has inspired a number of unique spacec ... more

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ISRO to resume satellite launches by December
India would resume launching satellites in November or December, unfazed by the failure of its rocket in deploying a spare navigation satellite in the earth's lower orbit on August 31, space agency ... more
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Demonstrator 3 linear aerospike ready to start tests
The ground test stand and aerospike engine for the Demonstrator 3 rocket are ready for tests at ARCA Space Corporation. The effort was completed in 60 days since the start of fabrication. The ... more
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Dragon Splashes Down in Pacific With NASA Science Experiments
SpaceX's Dragon cargo craft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at approximately 10:14 a.m. EDT, southwest of Long Beach, California, and the recovery process is underway, marking the end of the comp ... more
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Mechanisms are Critical to Space Vehicle Flight Success
About two years ago the National Transportation Safety Board announced its finding regarding the Virgin Galactic crash that occurred on October 31, 2014. The simple explanation was that the co-pilot ... more
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Rocket fever launches UB students to engineering competition in New Mexico
Ten students from UB's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences took a long drive from Buffalo to the desert of New Mexico in late June, with a rocket called Volans Tauri in tow. It was so h ... more
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SLS Core Stage Simulator Will Pave Way for Mission Success
To reduce the risk of first-time operations with one-of-a-kind spaceflight hardware for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), the agency built a core stage pathfinder similar in size, shape and weight t ... more
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SES selects Arianespace for launch of SES-17
SES has selected Arianespace to launch its high-power, high-throughput satellite SES-17 on an Ariane 5 in 2021 from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. This was announced by SES and Ar ... more
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SES selects Arianespace and Soyuz for its fifth MEO launch
SES has selected Arianespace for its fifth launch of four O3b satellites joining the O3b Medium Earth Orbit fleet. The mission on a Soyuz rocket will be conducted from the Guiana Space Center in Kou ... more
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