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December 08, 2017
Rocket Lab to launch rocket from New Zealand
Washington (UPI) Dec 7, 2017
Aerospace startup company Rocket Lab have delayed plans to launch its Electron rocket until Friday. The four-hour launch window was originally supposed to open at 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday - Friday in New Zealand, where the rocket will launch from. The new window will open at 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday - 1:30 in the afternoon on Saturday in New Zealand. Officials said the launch was delayed because they needed more time. The launch will be streamed live on Rocket Lab's website. ... read more

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SpaceX's Elon Musk to launch his own car into deep space
SpaceX confirmed Wednesday its CEO Elon Musk plans to blast his cherry red electric car off toward the Red Planet when the company's Falcon Heavy rocket launches for the first time next month. ... more
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Russia to build launch pad for super heavy-lift carrier by 2028
The development of the Vostochny Cosmodrome will reduce Russia's dependency on Kazakhstan's Baikonur spaceport, which it is leasing until 2050. Russia plans to build a launch pad for its "supe ... more
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ISRO eyes one rocket launch a month in 2018
India plans to have at least one rocket launch every month in 2018 from its spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh to deploy satellites in orbit, said a top space official on Tuesday. "We are pl ... more
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Flat-Earther's self-launch plan hits a snag
Unfazed by an official ban to launch himself in a homemade rocket over a California desert in a bid to prove that Earth is flat, Mike Hughes remains confident that he will eventually fly to the atmo ... more
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SSTL ships CARBONITE-2 and Telesat's LEO-1 for PSLV launch
Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has shipped two small satellites, CARBONITE-2 and LEO-1, to India in preparation for a late December launch on ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) fro ... more
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Mechanisms are critical to all space vehicles
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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Russia loses contact with satellite after launch from new spaceport
Russia said it had lost contact Tuesday with a weather satellite just hours after it was launched from its Vostochny cosmodrome, in only the second rocket liftoff from the new spaceport. ... more
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Aerojet Rocketdyne supports ULA Delta II launch of JPSS-1
Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc., a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), helped propel the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, carrying the Ball Aerospace-built JPSS-1 satellite, ... more

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SpaceX postpones launch of secretive Zuma mission
SpaceX on Thursday postponed the launch of a secretive US government payload known as Zuma, a mission whose nature - and the agency behind it - is a mystery. ... more
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Old Rivals India, China Nurture New Rivalry in Satellite Launch Business
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has said that it is working to bring down the cost of launching satellites to one-tenth of the current cost. The statement comes in the aftermath of the ... more
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NASA launches next-generation weather satellite
NASA on Saturday launched a next-generation satellite into space designed to monitor weather around the world and help improve forecasts. The satellite, called the Joint Polar Satellite System ... more
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Orbital ATK launches eighth cargo mission to space
An unmanned cargo ship packed with 7,400 pounds (3,350 kilograms) of food and supplies for the astronauts living at the International Space Station blasted off Sunday from Wallops Island, Virginia. ... more
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Baikonur for Russia, Kazakhstan offers UAE Baikonur for launches
United Arab Emirates Space Agency and Russia's space corporation Roscosmos plan to create a joint technical committee for the implementation of space projects. Roscosmos chief Igor Komarov tol ... more
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The state of commercial spaceports in 2017
About two years ago the FAA gave Houston the "go-ahead" to build America's 10th commercial spaceport. Yes, the US already had nine spaceports designated for commercial operations. One must ask ... more
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Vega launches Earth observation satellite for Morocco
Arianespace has launched a Vega rocket to deliver an Earth observation satellite into orbit for the Kingdom of Morocco. Liftoff of Vega's 11th mission from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French ... more
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Orbital ATK Successfully Tests First Motor Case for Next Generation Launch Vehicle
Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced it has successfully completed an important milestone in developing advanced solid rocket propulsion and other technologi ... more

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Russia embezzlement probe at rocket firm Soyuz
Russian authorities said Friday they had launched an inquiry into alleged embezzlement at the Progress factory which develops Soyuz rockets for the country's space industry. ... more
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NASA Selects Studies for Gateway Power and Propulsion Element
NASA has selected five U.S. companies to conduct four-month studies for a power and propulsion element that could be used as part of the deep space gateway concept. The agency is studying the gatewa ... more
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Launch your design with Cheops
ESA is offering graphic designers and artists a unique opportunity to feature their work on the rocket carrying the Cheops satellite. The design will be placed on the Soyuz rocket's fairing, t ... more
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Alaska Aerospace Launches Aurora Launch Services Company
he Alaska Aerospace Board of Directors has approved a resolution adopting Articles of Organization and Operating Agreement establishing Aurora Launch Services, LLC. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of A ... more
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Arianespace to launch Embratel Star One D2
Brazilian operator Embratel Star One and U.S. satellite manufacturer SSL (Space Systems Loral) have chosen Arianespace to launch the Embratel Star One D2 satellite. Arianespace reports the sig ... more
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SpaceX launches Korean satellite, sticks rocket landing
SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket Monday carrying a South Korean communications satellite to boost broadband coverage for southeast Asia and the Middle East, and stuck its 19th rocket landing in two years. ... more
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Thruster for Mars mission breaks records
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