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Virgin orbit to use Guam for low-inclination launches

April 15th, 2019 by

Virgin Orbit announced that the Pacific island of Guam will become an additional launch site for the company’s LauncherOne service.

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Roskosmos, S7 mull developing reusable commercial launch vehicle

April 15th, 2019 by

Russia’s State Space Corporation Roskosmos and S7 Group are planning to develop the Soyuz-5 Light reusable launch vehicle based on the Soyuz-5 rocket, Roskosmos General Director Dmitry Rogozin was quoted as saying.

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First commercial launch for Falcon Heavy

April 14th, 2019 by

Rocket: Falcon Heavy; Payload: Arabsat 6A; Date: 11 April 2019, 2235 UTC; Launch site: Kennedy Space Center, USA. The satellite was deployed approximately 34 minutes after lift-off.

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NASA awards launch contract for asteroid redirect test mission

April 14th, 2019 by

NASA has selected SpaceX in Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the agency’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, the first-ever mission to demonstrate the capability to deflect an asteroid by colliding a spacecraft with it at high speed – a technique known as a kinetic impactor.

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Virgin Orbit and EXOLAUNCH sign launch agreement

April 11th, 2019 by

EXOLAUNCH, a Germany-based launch services provider and cluster integrator for small satellites, and Virgin Orbit announced the signing of an MOU for transporting EXOLAUNCH customers’ payloads on dedicated and rideshare missions with Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne as early as 2020.

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SLS’ RS-25 engines ready

April 7th, 2019 by

All 16 RS-25 engines slated for the first four of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) missions have successfully demonstrated flight worthiness.

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