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China plans first recoverable moon orbiter launch
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 China is planning to launch its first recoverable moon orbiter later this year as a prototype model for its new lunar probe, the Chang'e-5, marking the latest step in efforts to ramp-up...

ATK completes critical design review of Nasa’s SLS rocket booster
Friday, August 08, 2014 ATK’s five-segment solid rocket booster (SRB), intended to power Nasa's Space Launch System (SLS), has successfully completed its critical design review (CDR), paving the way for...

Nasa and US Navy practice Orion spacecraft ocean recovery process
Thursday, August 07, 2014 A team of Nasa and the US Navy has practiced retrieving the Orion spacecraft after it splashes down in the Pacific Ocean on 4 December, completing its first test...

ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft makes historic rendezvous with comet 67P
Thursday, August 07, 2014 The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft has made a historic rendezvous with the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, marking an end to a ten-year, six-billion-kilometre chase through...

DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 remote sensing spacecraft set for launch
Wednesday, August 06, 2014 WorldView-3 remote sensing spacecraft, a joint project of Ball Aerospace, DigitalGlobe, Exelis and Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services, is set for launch next week from Vandenberg Air...

Nasa extends Lockheed’s human spaceflight mission support contract
Wednesday, August 06, 2014 Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract extension by Nasa to offer facilities development and operations support for human spaceflight missions at the agency’s Johnson Space Center (JSC)...

SpaceX to build world’s first vertical rocket launch site
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has confirmed its plans to build a new commercial vertical rocket launch facility at Boca Chica Beach in the outskirts of Brownsville,...

Japan’s new military space force to protect satellites from debris
Monday, August 04, 2014 Japan is planning to build a new armed space force involving personnel from the Air Self-Defence Force to shield satellites against dangerous debris orbiting...

Airbus to build first European satellite to perform electric orbit raising
Friday, August 01, 2014 Eutelsat has awarded a contract to Airbus Defence and Space for the construction of a new telecommunications satellite, expected to be the first in Europe to perform electric orbit raising...

ESA successfully launches ATV-5 cargo spacecraft to ISS
Thursday, July 31, 2014 The European Space Agency (ESA) has successfully launched its fifth and last automated transfer vehicle (ATV) ‘Georges Lemaître’ on a 14 day journey to the International Space Station (ISS)...

Rocket Lab’s cheaper rocket transforms global space industry
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Rocket Lab is working on a new lightweight, cost-effective 10t rocket that can take satellites into space for an estimated $6m, significantly lower than current costs of $155m and more...

USAF’s new satellites to monitor military and commercial systems
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 The US Air Force (USAF) is to launch two operational satellites and an experimental satellite on-board United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral, Florida,...

UAE outlines plans for Arab’s first unmanned mission to Mars
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is planning launch an unmanned mission to Mars by 2021, marking the entry of the Arab world into space...

Lockheed Martin to offer mission planning support to ISS
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract by Nasa to offer mission and flight crew operations support for the International Space Station (ISS) and future human space...

ESA’s spaceplane set for November launch
Thursday, July 17, 2014 Engineers at European Space Agency (ESA) are moving ahead with the final trials on the itermediate experimental vehicle (IXV) to validate its survival capabilities in demanding conditions after...

US Military plans reusable spaceplane to cut satellite launch costs
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded initial design contracts for its next-generation, reusable experimental spaceplane project, called XS-1, as part of efforts...

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 blasts off with six ORBCOMM OG2 satellites
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 SpaceX’s Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket has successfully blasted-off with ORBCOMM’s constellation of six OG2 commercial communications satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch...

UK plans to establish first spaceport by 2018
Monday, July 14, 2014 The UK Government has unveiled plans to establish a spaceport within the next four...

Final functional tests of BepiColombo underway in Italy
Monday, July 07, 2014 Final functional tests are being carried out on the European spacecraft BepiColombo at the Thales Alenia Space facility in Turin,...

RUAG Space wins contract to provide Ariane 5 payload fairings
Friday, July 04, 2014 RUAG Space has won a major payload fairing contract from satellite launch company...

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