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Boeing might sell Soyuz seats to NASA

Boeing might be embarrassed by delays to its CST-100 “Starliner” – in turn delaying the fulfilment of its commercial crew launch contracts with NASA until likely 2019 at the earliest – but at least it is showing some creative thinking …

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After Boeing said its commercial crew craft would be late…now it is SpaceX’s turn

In what is rapidly becoming a farcical situation within the NASA commercial crew programme, SpaceX has now admitted that its commercial crew capsule, “Crew Dragon” (aka Dragon V2), will have its first flight delayed from May 2017 until November. This …

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NASA orders Landsat 9 from Orbital ATK continuing partnership with the US Geological Survey

On 25 October, 2016, NASA announced it had placed an order with Orbital ATK for the Landsat 9 spacecraft. The order was placed utilising the Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition III contract, which allows NASA to order “proven spacecraft designs” from a …

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Space becomes sexy again for US Presidential hopefuls who remember that Cape Canaveral and KSC are in the swing state of Florida

While spaceflight has been previously of only minor interest to the leading pair of US Presidential hopefuls, Hillary Clinton (Democrat) and Donald Trump (Republican), a sudden realisation that to win the US Presidency both need to win the state of …

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Back in play: Antares 230 launches Cygnus freighter to the ISS on long awaited return (Updated)

At 2345 GMT on 17 October an Antares 230  rocket lifted off from Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia, carrying the Cygnus OA-5 commercial resupply mission for the International Space Station (ISS) into orbit. This flight marks the return-to-flight of …

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ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter enters correct orbit but Schiaparelli lander is lost in crash landing

The main Russian-launched Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) research element of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) ExoMars mission was successfully injected into its planned orbit around Mars. But the “exciting” part of the mission, ESA’s Schiaparelli lander, crashed into oblivion. Entry …

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Russian Soyuz vehicle successfully launches astronauts, and troubled Soyuz craft, to the ISS

At 0805 GMT, 19 October 2016, a Soyuz-FG rocket lifted off from Site 31/6, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, carrying the Soyuz MS-02 craft containing crew members of Expedition 49/50 to the International Space Station (ISS). The new crew members …

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NASA delays Juno engine burn from October to December after fuel pressurisaton anomaly (Updated)

On 14 October, NASA released a press release stating that a planned engine burn, referred to as a Period Reduction Manoeuvre (PRM), intended for 19 October would be postponed to allow for an investigation into a anomaly observed with the …

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Cygnus OA-6 (Rick Husband) cargo craft departs from ISS for fire experiment, sat deployment, and then returns to Earth

The second enhanced-Cygnus cargo craft, Cygnus OA-6 (Rick Husband), undocked from the ISS (International Space Station) at 1143 GMT on 14 June 2016, and was released at 1330 GMT. For the return trip 1,854 kg of waste was loaded onto …

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SLS is big winner as NASA gets funding rise above expectations

NASA’s budget has been increased to US$19.285 billion, some US$756 million more than requested. The bulk of the extra money has been allocated to the development of the new Exploration Upper Stage, a full-blown enhancement of the initial SLS vehicle. …

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Falcon 9R explodes causing ISS resupply disarray and comsat delays

At 1421 GMT on 28 June 2015 a Falcon 9R – a derivative of the standard Falcon 9v1.1 launch vehicle –  lifted off from the Cape Canaveral launch site.  While all at first appeared to be normal, the launch vehicle …

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Farnborough Air Show: Eight UK Spaceport candidates announced…while glamour, regret, tattoos and a few aircraft were on display as well

At the Farnborough International Air Show, Space technology was in evidence – most noticeably the special Space Zone in Exhibition Hall 3 where UK and other countries had their space wares on display.  There were also some big announcements. The …

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Venerable solar and comet chaser ISEE-3 innovative rescue attempt fails after thruster gives out

An attempt to rescue a 36-year old explorer spacecraft, ISEE-3, by veteran space engineers has failed after the spacecraft’s thruster system was found to be faulty.

NASA’s venerable International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 (ISEE-3 aka ISEE 03) spacecraft has had a …

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After SLS passes its Critical Design Review, Boeing gets formal US$2.8 billion SLS core contract from NASA

Boeing has finalised a contract with NASA to develop the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket ever built and destined to propel America’s return to human exploration of deep space.

The US$2.8 billion contract …

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Delta II does the trick: OCO-2 carbon monitoring satellite is successfully launched for NASA

Having lost its OCO (Orbiting Carbon Observatory) in a Taurus XL launch failure in 2009, and two years later losing its GLORY climatology mission on the same vehicle, NASA turned instead to the venerable and reliable Delta II rocket to …

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USA says no more space cooperation with Russia except on ISS operations

While NASA’s Administrator Bolden may have been a little too upbeat about the Ukrainian crisis’ effect on US/Russian cooperation in space – especially in respect to the International Space Station (ISS), as NASA, under the apparent direction from the US …

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ANALYSIS: NASA Manned lunar return is probably a better choice than asteroid capture say space experts – and they are probably right

The U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee received expert evidence as they discussed which destination man should make its first port of call on its way to the planets.  Currently NASA and the Obama Administration is promoting a plan to capture a …

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NASA budget increase request still represents a decline but has funding for asteroid capture study

US President Barack Obama has formally made his Fiscal Year 2014 budget request for NASA.  At $17.7 billion investment the budget is largely unchanged in cash terms from 2012 levels and is $1 billion higher than the 2013 budget, but taking inflation into …

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TESS planet finder mission selected by NASA

Following on from the success of its Kepler mission in descovering planets, NASA has selected the TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) mission for construction and then launch in 2017 as part of its Explorer programme.  Orbital Sciences Corporation has been awarded …

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Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft lands safely with its crew

NASA astronaut Kevin Ford and Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin were successfully landed aboard the Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft at 0305 GMT on 16 March near Arkalyk in Kazakhstan.   The landing took place a day late after a snow storm …

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