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SpaceX plans to test Crew Dragon’s launch escape system on January 18th

Sponsored Links SpaceX, Flickr SpaceX is edging closer to putting humans aboard Crew Dragon. The private spaceflight firm is planning to test the capsule’s launch escape system on January 18th through an in-flight demonstration. The dry run will check that the spacecraft can carry its crew to safety if there’s a problem during the ascent …

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Watch Boeing’s Starliner capsule launch abort test at 9AM ET

Sponsored Links Boeing Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner capsule is about to take a step closer toward taking people to orbit, and you can watch this step unfold first-hand. NASA and Boeing are streaming live coverage of the Starliner’s pad abort test on November 4th at 9AM Eastern. Like similar tests, the New Mexico dry run will …

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Northrop’s satellite refueling spacecraft launches on October 9th

Sponsored Links Northrop Grumman Space junk is hard to completely avoid when satellites can only carry so much fuel, but that might not be a problem for much longer. Northrop Grumman and NASA are launching a “first-of-its-kind” refueling vessel, the Mission Extension Vehicle, aboard a Russian rocket on October 9th. The inaugural MEV-1 will dock …

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Elon Musk hopes SpaceX’s Starship will reach orbit in six months

Sponsored Links SpaceX, Twitter Elon Musk’s ambitious plans for Starship extend to the timeline for its first flights. As part of a Q&A session at SpaceX’s presentation, Musk outlined plans for rapid prototyping that could get the vessel into space in a short time frame. Starship Mk1 (above) at Boca Chica, Texas should have a …

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SpaceX Starman Roadster completes its first orbit around the Sun

Sponsored Links SpaceX, Flickr Starman and his Tesla Roadster are now regular denizens of space. According to data from Where is Roadster, the cosmic driver has completed his first orbit around the Sun, taking 557 days since the first Falcon Heavy launch to circle our home star. Its path has taken it over 762 million …

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SpaceX blames Crew Dragon explosion on an oxidizer leak

Sponsored Links NASA/Handout via Reuters Months after the incident, SpaceX has an explanation for why its Crew Dragon capsule was destroyed during a test. The private spaceflight firm has determined that a “leaking component” allowed liquid oxidizer (specifically nitrogen tetroxide) to enter high-pressure helium tubes during ground processing. When some of this oxidizer was sent …

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Watch India launch a historic Moon mission starting at 5PM ET

Sponsored Links Pallava Bagla/Corbis via Getty Images India is on the cusp of making space exploration history in more ways than one, and you might get to watch it first-hand. ISRO is livestreaming the launch of Chandrayaan-2, its second uncrewed mission to the Moon, starting at 5PM Eastern (liftoff is expected at 5:21PM Eastern). The …

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NASA reopens Apollo mission control in time for Moon landing anniversary

Sponsored Links Johnson Space Center, Twitter The fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing is rapidly approaching, and NASA is determined to mark it in a fitting way: by restoring the hub of Apollo’s operations to its former glory. The agency has reopened Apollo mission control at the Johnson Space Center after a restoration …

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India plans to launch space station by 2030

Sponsored Links ISRO India’s broadening spaceflight ambitions now include a longer-term presence in Earth’s orbit. Indian Space Research Organization chief K Sivan (above) recently revealed plans to launch a space station around 2030. It will be a relatively small station where astronauts would only stay for 15 to 20 days, but that should be enough …

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NASA spacecraft will use fuel that’s safer for humans

Sponsored Links Aerojet Rocketdyne Many spacecraft depend on hydrazine in their fuel, but it’s extremely hazardous — and that means very careful fueling processes that slow things down. NASA will soon have a safer option, however. It’s about to test-fly the Green Propellant Infusion Mission, a spacecraft that ditches hydrazine in favor of a namesake …

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