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ULA wins contract for delivering Dream Chaser to orbit !

United Launch Alliance was selected officially as launch service provider for first two space missions of Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser space plane. Two flights are planned for 2020 and 2021 under CRS-2 contract signed between NASA and Sierra Nevada in January 2016. On July 22, 2017 Sierra Nevada and United Launch Alliance announced about signing contract for delivering Dream Chaser Continue Reading The post ULA wins contract for delivering Dream Chaser to orbit ! appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

TDRS-M launch date is in question

Launch of the latest NASA data relay satellite TDRS-M probably will be delayed. Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, manufactured by Boeing, suffered for serious damage during last preparations before encapsulation last Friday.  Launch was planned originally for 3rd August 2017 and was contracted for United Launch Alliance. ULA decided to use their proven Atlas V rocket and launch weighing over 3450 kg Continue Reading The post TDRS-M launch date is in question appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

Aerojet Rocketdyne finishes hot fire tests of electric propulsion system

Aerojet Rocketdyne managed to conduct successfully hot fire test on a Power Processing Unit (PPU). According to official statement given by Aerojet Rocketdyne on July, 6, it was in fact series of test performed at  NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. According to  Julie Van Kleeck, vice president of advanced space and launch programs and strategy at Aerojet Rocketdyne subsystems were Continue Reading The post Aerojet Rocketdyne finishes hot fire tests of electric propulsion system appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

Counting days to Soyuz MS-05 mission

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazansky and NASA astronaut Randolph Bresnik were officially accepted as crew for Soyuz MS-05.  According to TASS Russian inter-departmental commission accepted today ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli (third flight to ISS), Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazansky and NASA astronaut Randolph Bresnik (both will fly to ISS for the second time in their career) as primary crew Continue Reading The post Counting days to Soyuz MS-05 mission appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

XARM accepted by NASA and JAXA

Both agencies which were involved in the project of Hitomi (Astro-H) satellite decided to create replacement for one of the most advanced  X-ray astronomy satellite in recent years. To remind, mission of the Hitomi finished with disaster of the satellite few weeks after launch. Problems with Astro-H (Hitomi) satellite started few weeks after launch from  Tanegashima Space Center, Japan at 17 February Continue Reading The post XARM accepted by NASA and JAXA appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]