Antares Set For Return To Flight with Cygnus Cargo Spacecraft

On Monday 17th October 2016, an Orbital ATK Antares rocket is getting ready to Return To Flight operations following a flight anomaly in October 2014. The Antares is set to launch the company’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft on a trajectory to the International Space Station. OA-5 will provide cargo and scientific experiments to the station.

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Elon Musk and SpaceX Announce Mars Architecture

On Tuesday 27th September 2016, the biggest day in the current history of SpaceX and Elon Musk arrived as they announced the architecture that will enable humans and cargo to and from Mars. The talk took place at IAC 2016 at 19:30 UTC and amazed not just the attendees but the online audience which were watching and listening to Elon’s talk. The long awaited provided an insight into the design and ultimate destination of SpaceX and Elon’s plans.

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SpaceX Suffers Setback after On-Pad RUD

After 15 months since the loss of their first Falcon 9 with the CRS-7 mission, and a successful return to flight operations, SpaceX has suffered another significant blow to their operations with a Falcon 9 having a Rapid Unplanned Disassembly (RUD) on their SLC-40 Pad in Florida. SpaceX lost their Falcon 9 (F9-029) and the AMOS-6 payload in the ill-fated Static Fire ahead of the launch. It is currently not fully known what the cause of this tragedy is at this time.

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Review of July 2016: What Goes Up, Must Come Down!

July 2016 brought many a launch and developments within the space sector from across the world. This lead to many successes, near misses, and sadly some failures. However each flight and development leads to further learning for future flights by all companies involved.

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