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May 24, 2017
Neptune: Neutralizer-free plasma propulsion
Washington DC (SPX) May 24, 2017
Plasma propulsion is an important and efficient technology used to control spacecraft for Earth observation, communications and fundamental exploration of outer space. Plasma propulsion systems use electric power to ionize propellant gas and transform it into the fourth state of matter, known as plasma. Electrically charged ions and electrons are accelerated in an exhaust beam to generate thrust and propel the spacecraft. The most established electric propulsion concepts, for example gridded ... read more

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ULS wins $208Mln for rocket vehicle production services
United Launch Services won more than $208 million to provide production services for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV), the Department of Defense said in a press release. "United La ... more
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Mining the moon for rocket fuel to get us to Mars
Forty-five years have passed since humans last set foot on an extraterrestrial body. Now, the moon is back at the center of efforts not only to explore space, but to create a permanent, independent ... more
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Arianespace launches SES-15 using Soyuz rocket
Arianespace has orbited the SES-15 telecommunications satellite for European operator SES. Liftoff took place on Thursday, May 18 at 8:54 a.m. (local time in Kourou) from the Guiana Space Center (CS ... more
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ISRO to Launch GSLV Mark III, Its Heaviest Rocket Soon
Following the successful launch of the South Asia Satellite, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is now focused on the launch of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV ... more
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Airbus Safran Launchers to Become ArianeGroup
Airbus Safran Launchers, the joint venture created at the initiative of the Airbus and Safran groups in order to reorganize the European launchers sector, is to be known as ArianeGroup. The change i ... more
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Sky Skimmer: Rocket Lab Sets Date for Lightweight Spacecraft Test Launch
Rocket Lab, the aerospace company whose mission is to create rocket launch platforms that are lightweight and efficient, will begin test flights of their signature Electron small-launch vehicle on M ... more
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Washington Still Has No Engine to Replace Russian-Made RD-180
US aerospace company Blue Origin suffered a setback while testing its Blue Engine 4 (BE-4), a staged-combustion rocket engine designed to replace Russian-made RD-180s, meaning that Washington still ... more
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SpaceX launches Inmarsat communications satellite
SpaceX on Monday launched a communications satellite for Inmarsat, marking its first launch for the London-based mobile broadband company. ... more

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N. Korea's 'new missile' has unprecedented range: experts
North Korea said Monday it had successfully tested a new type of rocket in its latest missile launch, as analysts said it showed an unprecedented range that brought US bases in the Pacific within reach. ... more
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NASA Affirms Plan for First Mission of SLS, Orion
In February, NASA began an effort looking at the feasibility of putting crew aboard the first integrated flight of the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft - Exploration Mission-1, or EM- ... more
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SSL satellite built for Bulgaria Sat arrives at Cape Canaveral for FOR falcon 9 launch
Space Systems Loral (SSL),a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, has announced that the BulgariaSat-1 satellite, designed and built for Bulgaria Sat, an affiliate of Bul ... more
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Winners Announced for NASA, Orbital ATK Rocketry Challenge
For the first time in four years, a new team has won NASA's Student Launch, the agency's high-powered rocketry challenge, hosted by and held near NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, A ... more
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Testing Prepares NASA's Space Launch System for Liftoff
The world's most powerful rocket - NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) - may experience ground wind gusts of up to 70 mph as it sits on the launch pad before and during lift off for future missions. Un ... more
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First Contract under Booster Propulsion Technology Maturation BAA Complete
The first of ten contracts awarded under the Booster Propulsion Technology Maturation Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) was recently completed. Moog Inc. successfully completed a "Non-Destructive Ev ... more
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ISRO Successfully Launches GSAT-9 'SAARC' South Asian Communication Satellite
An Indian rocket with the over two ton South Asia Satellite or GSAT-9, intended to address the region's "economic and developmental priorities", blasted off from the Sriharikota spaceport on Friday ... more
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GSLV Successfully Launches South Asia Satellite
India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F09) successfully launched the 2230 kg South Asia Satellite (GSAT-9) into its planned Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit May 05, 2017. The latest lau ... more

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DARPA Picks Design for Next-Generation Spaceplane

NASA Moves Up Launch of Psyche Mission to a Metal Asteroid

Schiaparelli landing investigation completed

Successful launch puts New Zealand in space race

Robots help shed light on how humans walk

Mouse sperm survives in space, but could human babies?

SES-14 integrates NASA ultraviolet space spectrograph

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Strike-delayed European rocket launch to go ahead
A satellite launch delayed since March 20 due to a crippling general strike in French Guiana, will go ahead on Thursday, launch firm Arianespace said. ... more
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Arianespace orbits telecom satellites for Brazil and South Korea
Arianespace has successfully launched two telecommunications satellites: SGDC for Visiona Tecnologia Espacial S.A, on behalf of the Brazilian operator Telebras S.A. and the Brazilian government; and ... more
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Test site for ESA-backed airbreathing engine
Work has begun on building the UK's latest rocket engine test facility, designed for firing the engine core of the ESA-backed SABRE propulsion system within three years. The Synergistic Air-Br ... more
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Reaction Engines begins construction of UK rocket engine test facility
Reaction Engines Ltd. has begun construction of a new engine test facility where it plans to undertake the first ground based demonstration of its revolutionary SABRE air-breathing rocket engine. ... more
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SpaceX makes first US military launch, then lands rocket again
SpaceX on Monday blasted off a secretive US government satellite, known only as NROL-76, marking the first military launch for the California-based aerospace company headed by billionaire tycoon Elon Musk. ... more
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India to launch GSAT-9 communication satellite on May 5: ISRO
India will launch communication satellite GSAT-9 using its heavy rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F09) on May 5, the ISRO said on Friday. According to Indian Space Research ... more
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SpaceX launches classified payload for NRO; 1st Stage returns to LZ-1
SpaceX on Monday blasted off a secretive US government payload, known only as NROL-76, marking the first military launch for the California-based aerospace company headed by billionaire tycoon Elon ... more
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New Russian Medium-Class Carrier Rocket Could Compete With SpaceX's Falcon
A new medium-class carrier rocket to be developed in Russia will be able to compete with the Falcon rocket manufactured by the US-based SpaceX company, Russia's RSC Energia space corporation said. ... more
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