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    Swarm launch is triple play success for ESA


    The European Space Agency (ESA) racked up a triple success today with the launch of its three-satellite Swarm mission, a four-year quest to study the Earth’s magnetic field in unprecedented detail.

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    Galileo back on launch path after technical delay


    ​The European Space Agency (ESA) expects to get its Galileo satellite navigation system deployment back on track to provide a functional service from early 2015, if final tests of the first two new-generation satellites go to plan.

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    International Space Station celebrates 15-year anniversary


    The International Space Station celebrated its birthday on 20 November, 15 years after Russia launched the first module, Zarya.

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    UK space sector unveils ambitious growth plan


    ​The UK space industry has set out ambitious growth plans that would see it double the domestic market over the next 17 years alongside achieving a 12-fold increase in exports by 2030.

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    Indian Mars mission still on track despite rocket glitch


    ​India’s bid to join the elite group of nations that have successfully bridged the gap to Mars has overcome an early glitch that could have left its Mangalyaan spacecraft orbiting Earth.

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    India's Mars mission impresses despite its low priority for locals


    India’s Mangalyaan Mars Orbiter Mission has received worldwide attention, but the response back home has been considerably more muted.

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    India's Mars mission clears launch hurdle


    ​India’s first interplanetary mission began its 299-day journey to Mars at 09:08 GMT this morning with the 25th successful launch of the country’s PSLV rocket, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on the east coast.

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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 ...

  • SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 launch

    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...

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    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...