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by Jason Davis

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LightSail Launch Countdown: Ready for Rollout

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/05/18 04:01 CDT

It’s launch week in Cape Canaveral, Florida, where The Planetary Society’s LightSail spacecraft is buttoned up for flight aboard an Atlas V rocket. Liftoff is scheduled Wednesday sometime between 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. EDT.

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In Pictures: LightSail, Meet X-37B

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/05/08 04:13 CDT | 1 comment

United Launch Alliance has released photos showing the Air Force's X-37B spaceplane being stacked on its Atlas V at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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What Images Will We Get Back from the LightSail Test Mission?

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/05/08 10:18 CDT | 3 comments

With less than two weeks before launch, here's an in-depth look at whether the LightSail test mission's attitude control system bug will keep us from seeing pretty pictures taken by the spacecraft.

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In Pictures: SpaceX Crew Dragon Takes Flight in Pad Abort Test

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/05/06 11:00 CDT | 2 comments

A SpaceX Crew Dragon rocketed into the sky under its own power this morning, completing a critical milestone necessary to certify the spacecraft for crewed flights in 2017.

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Despite Rain Delays, NASA Prepares for Busy Year of SLS Engine Tests

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/05/04 04:02 CDT | 1 comment

Despite a rainy spring that has caused schedule delays, NASA is preparing for a busy year of Space Launch System engine testing.

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ISS-bound Cargo Spacecraft Doomed to Atmospheric Reentry

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/04/29 01:09 CDT | 2 comments

The six crew members aboard the International Space Station will have to go without a scheduled delivery of food, supplies and fuel.

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Russian Resupply Ship Spins Out Of Control after Reaching Orbit

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/04/28 01:37 CDT | 1 comment

An International Space Station-bound cargo craft is spinning out of control in Earth orbit following an afternoon launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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LightSail Readiness Tests Prepare Team for Mission Operations

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/04/24 12:36 CDT | 3 comments

The LightSail team continues to prepare for the spacecraft's May test flight with a series of readiness simulations that mimic on-orbit operations.

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Dragon Launches to Station, but Falcon Doesn't Stick Landing

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/04/14 03:53 CDT | 5 comments

SpaceX's ISS-bound Dragon spacecraft is in orbit, but the drone ship landing of the company's Falcon 9 rocket was unsuccessful.

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United Launch Alliance Pulls Back Curtain on New Rocket

Posted by Jason Davis on 2015/04/13 07:00 CDT | 6 comments

ULA revealed its new Vulcan rocket system today, an Atlas and Delta mashup the company says will increase power, lower costs and broaden mission capabilities.

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