All Space news – Page 13

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    India readies next phase in Asian Mars race


    India is set for the next phase in a nascent Asian space race, with a 5 November launch for Mars

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    Sierra Nevada still in a Dream despite crash landing


    America’s dream of getting astronauts to space and home again without having to suffer the embarrassment of sending them to Kazakhstan for a Russian Soyuz flight has taken an uncertain step forward. The drop-test of a US-built spaceplane concept appears to have validated its airworthiness, but its maker – Sierra ...

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    Electronics concerns delay Gaia launch


    European Space Agency engineers have identified a potential fault with the GAIA spacecraft, and are delaying its 20 November launch to make repairs before kicking off the mission to map the Milky Way.

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    Mars cars need to be self-drivers


    Field trials in what may be Earth’s most Mars-like terrain have flagged up some of the challenges that the European Space Agency scientists will face when their 2018 ExoMars mission puts a rover on the Red Planet – and software being developed for the project may also help develop fully ...

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    Roscosmos changes leadership, but major shifts unlikely


    Despite a leadership change and pending shakeup, the Russian space industry is unlikely to see dramatic shifts as it attempts to right itself in the wake of quality control issues.

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    ESA set to Swarm over magnetic field


    The European Space Agency is in the countdown phase to one of the highlights of its scientific year: the launch of its three-spacecraft Swarm mission to study the Earth’s magnetic field in unprecedented detail.

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    Surrey Satellite pushes smaller-lighter-cheaper principle down to 50kg


    Small satellites pioneer Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) used last month’s International Astronautical Congress in Beijing to launch its latest bid to slash manufacturing and launch costs with a new platform of just 50kg – half the mass of the platforms that have for a decade made up its successful Disaster ...

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    SpaceX launches new rocket successfully


    ​New version of Falcon 9 successfully launched, but not all objectives met.

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    Orbital Sciences' Cygnus docks with ISS


    Orbital Sciences successfully docked its Cygnus cargo capsule with the International Space Station (ISS) for the first time on 29 September, becoming only the second company to do so.

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    Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus capsule delays docking


    Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus space capsule will delay docking with the International Space Station (ISS) for several days because of a data format mismatch. “Cygnus...

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    Orbital Sciences launches first Cygnus capsule to ISS


    Orbital Sciences has successfully launched the first Cygnus cargo capsule into low Earth orbit (LEO). Initial data indicates that the spacecraft has successfully...

  • Epilson Launch

    Japan's Epsilon makes successful first flight


    Japanese space agency JAXA has successfully launched the first Epsilon rocket, following a last-minute abort during a previous attempt. The launch...

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    Japan space agency sets new Epsilon launch date


    Japanese space agency JAXA has rescheduled the first launch of the Epsilon launch vehicle for 14 September, following a last-minute abort during a previous...

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    NASA prepares for first Minotaur V launch


    NASA is preparing to launch the first Orbital Sciences Minotaur V from Wallops Island, Virginia. Though it marks the Minotaur V's first flight, previous...

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    Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo makes second powered flight


    Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo has completed its second rocket-powered flight. The 5 September flight marks only the second in-flight ignition of the...

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    Japan scrubs Epsilon launch with seconds to spare


    Japan saw a last-minute launch abort on 27 August as first flight of its Epsilon launch vehicle was cancelled only seconds before ignition of the first stage...

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    Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser conducts captive-carry tests


    Sierra Nevada Corporation has conducted captive-carry tests of the Dream Chaser winged lifting body, with glide flights anticipated in coming weeks. Captive-carry...

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    NASA adds goals for commercial crew participants


    NASA is adding four milestones for commercial crew integrated capability (CCiCap), worth a total of $55 million. Sierra Nevada Corporation will get...

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    PICTURE: Boeing's vision is a Space Dreamliner


    As this mock-up of a CST-100 space capsule shows, astronauts heading to and from the International Space Station will enjoy a 787-inspired interior if NASA ultimately selects the Boeing concept for crew transportation, possibly from 2017

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    Space Launch System passes major design milestone


    The Space Launch System (SLS) has passed preliminary design review (PDR), a crucial design step for the rocket. The PDR applies to the initial version...