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Now Everyone Can Monitor Elon Musk’s Roadster and Starman in Orbit

When Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched its Falcon Heavy rocket earlier this month, there was a very unique payload on board: a mannequin driver called Starman sitting in a Tesla Roadster. The vehicle has a massive elliptical orbit; one that is expected to bring the Roadster close to Mars and then back toward Earth. Space and…
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Recent Activity at the International Space Station

The inhabitants of the international space (ISS) station have daily research goals. NASA provides detailed outlines of their daily activities for interested parties. Large scale projects are often underway at this long-standing space residence. There are also some smaller goals that are just as interesting, however. Space travel can take its toll on the health…
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Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite is Now Ready to for Launch Tests

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) recently arrived at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where it is now ready for its launch. NASA scientists hope to have it launched no earlier than April 16, pending official approval and after work at the Payload Hazardous Serving Facility is completed. If approval is granted, TESS is…
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Problems with LEE-B after service action during last EVA

On picture above: LEE grapple under inspection. After last spacewalk performed by two NASA astronauts: Mark Vande Hei and Scott Tingle it seemed that lasting since October 2017 procedure of replacing two Latching End Effector is finally reaching successful end. After lasting over seven hours EVA 206 performed on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, LEE-B was finally replaced by…
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Dragon CRS-13 returns to Earth with 1850 kg of payload

Dragon robotic spacecraft was undocked after 27 days of space journey.  CRS-13 Dragon was launched on the top of the Falcon-9 FT on December 17, 2027 from Cape Canaveral SLC-40. After short, lasting only few hours flight, it docked on the same day to Harmony nadir docking port. After transferring 4200 kg cargo in December and…
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First pictures of Falcon Heavy

Picture provided by SpaceX. Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX published on Twitter profile first pictures of almost assembled Falcon Heavy rocket. First three pictures were released on Wednesday, December 20, 2017. On first two we can see rocket with core and attached boosters without payload fairing; on additional picture we can see all 27 nozzles…
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Stratolaunch enters new business

Stratolaunch, company established by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and focused on developing own lifting plane called Stratolauncher, signed agreement with NASA to develop new kind of propulsion. NASA recently announced about agreement signed on September 13, 2017 between  Stratolaunch and NASA’s Stennis Space Center. The Space Act Agreement covers according to official statement: “reimbursable testing and related…
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Sierra Nevada Corporation after glide test flight of Dream Chaser space plane

Dream Chaser passed one form most important glide test flights in 2017. Today SNC performed another test flight of their Dream Chaser space plane. Lifted by CH-47 Chinook cargo helicopter (Columbia 234-U) which took off from Runway 22L at Edwards Air Force Base and delivered to altitude of 3810 m, Dream Chaser was dropped and performed…
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Telesat delivered to Vostochny Cosmodrome

Built by SSL Telesat small satellite was delivered to Vostochny Cosmodrome in Eastern Russia on November 8, 2017. Satellite is small communications spacecraft built by SSL subsidiary Maxar Technologies. It will be placed on by Soyuz-2 rocket during launch planned for end of November 2017. Spacecraft will be placed on LEO orbit and will extend LEO constellation…
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