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Hypersonic test flight a success in Aussie Outback

Posted May 20, 2016 by

A successful test flight of an experimental rocket has further cemented South Australia’s place in the international space industry. Launched from the Woomera Test Range in the heart of the South Australian outback, the rocket reached an apogee of 278 kilometers, achieving the targeted speed of Mach 7.5 (seven and a half times the speed…

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NASA TV to broadcast Dragon departure from ISS

Posted May 6, 2016 by

After delivering almost 7,000 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station, including the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is set to leave the orbital laboratory with valuable science research and return to Earth May 11.

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NASA to provide coverage of May 9 Mercury transit of sun

Posted May 4, 2016 by

NASA is inviting viewers around the world to see a relatively rare celestial event, with coverage of the May 9 transit of the sun by the planet Mercury. Mercury passes between Earth and the sun only about 13 times a century, its last trek taking place in 2006. Due to its diminutive size, viewing this…

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SpaceX founding team launches Vector Space Systems to redefine space commerce

Posted April 27, 2016 by

TUSCON, Ariz.–Vector Space Systems, a Micro Satellite space launch enterprise comprised of new-space industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas and Sea Launch, announced April 26 it has secured more than $1 million in angel funding at Space 2.0 in Silicon Valley. Vector Space Systems, which sports a roster of technology and aerospace giants…

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Ball Aerospace begins environmental testing for NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System-1 satellite

Posted April 22, 2016 by

Ball Aerospace has begun environmental testing on the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Joint Polar Satellite System satellite. JPSS-1 will represent significant technological and scientific advancements in severe weather prediction and environmental monitoring.

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NASA seeks industry ideas for an advanced Mars satellite

Posted April 22, 2016 by

NASA is soliciting ideas from U.S. industry for designs of a Mars orbiter for potential launch in the 2020s. The satellite would provide advanced communications and imaging, as well as robotic science exploration, in support of NASA’s Journey to Mars. The orbiter would substantially increase bandwidth communications and maintain high-resolution imaging capability. It also may…

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Hyten announces Space Enterprise Vision

Posted April 15, 2016 by

Gen. John Hyten, the commander of Air Force Space Command, announced the command’s Space Enterprise Vision April 12 at Peterson Air Force Base. The SEV is the result of an AFSPC-commissioned study that looked at how to make the nation’s national security space enterprise more resilient. The August 2015 SEV study addressed the findings of…

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NASA to attach, test first expandable habitat on ISS

Posted April 13, 2016 by

The first human-rated expandable structure that may help inform the design of deep space habitats is set to be installed to the International Space Station April 16.

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Dragon, Cygnus to meet for first time in space

Posted April 8, 2016 by Steven Siceloff,

The launch of a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station on April 8 will set the stage for an historic rendezvous in orbit.

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Icy ‘spider’ on Pluto

Posted April 8, 2016 by

Sprawling across Pluto’s icy landscape is an unusual geological feature that resembles a giant spider.

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