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U.S. and Russian vehicles ferrying crews and cargo will continue traveling to and from the International Space Station this month, sustaining the orbiting lab in its 20th year of continuous human occupation amid an escalating pandemic on Earth. FULL STORY:
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Spaceflight Now Apr 1
Firefly has plans to build a souped-up version of the Israeli Beresheet moon lander in Texas, alongside the production line for the company’s Alpha small satellite launcher currently scheduled for an inaugural orbital test flight this summer. FULL STORY:
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Spaceflight Now Apr 1
Sixty years ago today, NASA launched TIROS 1, the first successful weather satellite, from Cape Canaveral aboard a Thor-Able rocket.
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Spaceflight Now Apr 1
Citing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Space Agency has suspended science operations on four of its missions, including the Solar Orbiter spacecraft launched in February and both of ESA’s Mars orbiters.
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Spaceflight Now Apr 1
NASA has selected a mission to dispatch six CubeSats, each the size of a toaster oven, to an orbit more than 20,000 miles from Earth to study massive particle ejections from the sun. FULL STORY:
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Spaceflight Now Mar 31
Veteran astronauts Soichi Noguchi & Shannon Walker have been assigned to fly to the International Space Station on SpaceX’s second piloted Crew Dragon mission later this year, joining commander Mike Hopkins & Victor Glover on a 6-month expedition in orbit.
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Spaceflight Now Mar 31
Take a look back at last week’s Atlas 5 launch from Cape Canaveral in this photo gallery (📷: , , ):
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Spaceflight Now Mar 31
OneWeb Satellites, a joint venture between OneWeb and Airbus, says it's temporarily reducing its workforce at a factory on Florida’s Space Coast, citing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Days earlier, OneWeb announced it was filing for bankruptcy.
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Spaceflight Now Mar 30
One job deemed essential by the European Space Agency during the coronavirus pandemic involves seeing the BepiColombo spacecraft through a flyby of planet Earth next month, an immovable event on the $1.8 billion mission's seven-year journey to Mercury.
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Spaceflight Now Mar 30
Back at the Kennedy Space Center after an environmental test campaign in Ohio, NASA’s Orion spacecraft for the Artemis 1 moon mission will go through several more pre-flight checks, then be stored to await readiness of the Space Launch System.
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Spaceflight Now Mar 30
Rocket Lab says it is moving forward with plans to install a parachute on the first stage of the company’s Electron small satellite launcher, targeting an attempt for a gentle booster splashdown in the ocean late this year. FULL STORY:
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Spaceflight Now Mar 30
OneWeb — three launches into a series of nearly 20 missions to deploy 650 satellites to provide global Internet service — has announced it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and reduced its workforce after an attempt to raise more money faltered.
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Spaceflight Now Mar 27
NASA has selected SpaceX to deliver supplies to the Gateway mini-space station in lunar orbit using a new version of the Dragon cargo vehicle launched atop Falcon Heavy rockets. SpaceX is guaranteed at least two cargo missions, but NASA could order more.
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Spaceflight Now Mar 26
The sixth and final satellite in the US military’s most secure satellite communications fleet lifted off from Cape Canaveral Thursday aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, extending the network’s expected lifetime beyond 2030. FULL STORY:
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Spaceflight Now Mar 26
Rocket Lab says it has paused launch operations after the government of New Zealand this week ordered most businesses closed and urged people to stay at home in an effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. FULL STORY:
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Spaceflight Now Mar 26
Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of the AEHF 6 military communications satellite, says the new spacecraft is communicating with ground controllers after today's successful launch on an Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral.
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Spaceflight Now Mar 26
United Launch Alliance confirms the successful deployment of the US Space Force's AEHF 6 communications satellite after a nearly six-hour ascent into orbit today aboard an Atlas 5 rocket.
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Spaceflight Now Mar 26
The Centaur upper stage is coasting toward the high point of its orbit more than 22,000 miles above Earth, where it will reignite before deploying the AEHF 6 military communications satellite at 9:59pm EDT (0159 GMT).
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Spaceflight Now Mar 26
Here are some views of this afternoon’s fiery Atlas 5 rocket launch as seen from the media viewing site at Cape Canaveral (📷: ).
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Spaceflight Now Mar 26
The Centaur upper stage’s RL10C-1 engine has shut down after its second firing. And the rocket has deployed the TDO-2 CubeSat rideshare payload to perform an optical calibration and satellite laser-ranging mission.
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