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SpaceX says leak caused Crew Dragon explosion during testing

July 15th, 2019 by

SpaceX issued a statement regarding the explosion of the company’s Crew Dragon In-Flight Abort test vehicle during a test in April. It blames the mishap on the failure of a titanium component in a high-pressure nitrogen tetroxide environment.

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First Vega failure – on 15th mission

July 11th, 2019 by

Approximately two minutes after the Vega launcher’s lift-off from the Spaceport in French Guiana, a launcher anomaly occurred shortly after ignition of the Zefiro 23 second stage – leading to the premature end of the mission.

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Vega launch of FalconEye1 ends in failure

July 10th, 2019 by

UPDATE: A “major anomaly” occurred during the mission that resulted in the loss of the payload. Earlier, Arianespace restarted launch operations for Flight VV15 as weather conditions were improving over the Spaceport in French Guiana.

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Chang Zheng-4C fails to launch observation satellite

May 23rd, 2019 by

The attempt to launch a remote sensing Yaogan-33 satellite carried by a Chang Zheng-4C rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center was unsuccessful.

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Crew Dragon completely destroyed in explosion, SpaceX admits

May 2nd, 2019 by

It was confirmed that SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule was completely destroyed in what was originally announced as an “anomaly” during testing on 20 April.

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NASA investigation uncovers cause of science mission launch failures

April 30th, 2019 by

NASA Launch Services Program (LSP) investigators have determined the technical root cause for the Taurus XL launch failures of NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) and Glory missions in 2009 and 2011, respectively: faulty materials provided by aluminium manufacturer, Sapa Profiles, Inc. (SPI).

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