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        November 02, 2020
        Sounding Rocket to See What Keeps Intergalactic Space Sizzling

        Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 30, 2020
        NASA's next sounding rocket will measure light from some of the hottest stars, in hopes of finding out what's cooking the space between galaxies. The Dual-channel Extreme Ultraviolet Continuum Experiment, or DEUCE, is scheduled to launch from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico early on Nov. 2. This is DEUCE's second flight, during which it will observe the second of two stars on its target list. Once above Earth's atmosphere, it will measure that star's extreme ultraviolet light to see if ... read more
        Rockets need intelligence booster, say engineers
        Beijing (XNA) Oct 29, 2020
        Chinese space engineers have begun to test technologies that they hope will help to make their carrier rockets smarter. Cheng Xing, a designer at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology ... more
        Rocket Lab launches 15th Mission - deploys sats Planet and Canon
        Mahia, New Zealand (SPX) Oct 30, 2020
        Rocket Lab, a space systems company and the global leader in dedicated small satellite launch, has successfully launched its 15th Electron mission and deployed Earth-imaging satellites for Planet an ... more
        Rocket Lab demos new Kick Stage for in-space maneuvers
        Los Angeles CA (SPX) Nov 02, 2020
        This past week Rocket Lab demonstrated an advanced capability of its Kick Stage acting as a space tug during the company's 15th launch, the 'In Focus' mission that launched satellites for Planet and ... more
        ESA lays out roadmap to Ariane 6 and Vega-C flights
        Paris (ESA) Oct 30, 2020
        Vega-C and Ariane 6 are being developed by ESA to assure Europe's independent access to space. The maiden flight for Vega-C is planned to take place in June 2021, that for Ariane 6 for the second qu ... more
        Defense Dept taps Texas A and M system to lead US consortium for hypersonic systems
        College Station TX (SPX) Oct 27, 2020
        The Department of Defense has named a state agency of The Texas A and M University System to lead a national consortium for modernizing hypersonic flight capabilities. The Texas A and M Engine ... more
        UB awarded $8.5 million to improve 'hybrid' space rockets
        Buffalo NY (SPX) Oct 28, 2020
        A University at Buffalo research team has been awarded $8.5 million to study hybrid rockets, a technology that could provide a safer and less expensive way to explore outer space compared to convent ... more
        NASA refueling mission completes second set of robotic tool operations in space
        Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 28, 2020
        NASA's Robotic Refueling Mission 3 (RRM3) has successfully completed its second set of robotic tool operations on the International Space Station, demonstrating key techniques for transferring cryog ... more
        All solid motors for Vega-C complete qualification tests
        Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Oct 28, 2020
        Europe's new-generation Vega-C small launch vehicle developed by ESA will increase performance and extend current launch capabilities at Europe's Spaceport. The solid rocket motors built for V ... more
        Shetland spaceport boosts UK's plans for launch
        London, UK (SPX) Oct 23, 2020
        Hundreds of space jobs will be created in Scotland following the approval of plans for Lockheed Martin to transfer its satellite launch operations to Shetland Space Centre by the UK government. Shet ... more
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        Cleveland OH (SPX) Oct 23, 2020
        Since the beginning of the space program, people have been captivated by big, powerful rockets-like NASA's Saturn V rocket that sent Apollo to the lunar surface, or the Space Launch System that will ... more
        ABL Space Systems performs integrated stage test of the RS1 launch vehicle
        El Segundo CA (SPX) Oct 23, 2020
        ABL Space Systems has completed integrated stage testing of the RS1 small satellite launch vehicle. Testing was performed on the RS1 second stage with the in-house designed E2 liquid rocket engine a ... more
        Mobile launcher arrives at Launch Pad 39B for tests, preps for Artemis I
        Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Oct 21, 2020
        NASA's mobile launcher that will carry the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft for Artemis I is on the road again. The Exploration Ground Systems and Jacobs teams rolled the mobile launch ... more
        Soyuz launches from Kourou delayed again due to Covid-19
        Moscow (Sputnik) Oct 20, 2020
        Launches of Russian Soyuz carrier rockets from the Kourou Space Center, put off amid the coronavirus pandemic, are being delayed again, a space industry source told Sputnik. Last month, a spok ... more
        With New Shepard launch, space researchers become space customers
        Gainesville FL (SPX) Oct 20, 2020
        The University of Florida is helping to launch a new era in space research with a plant experiment aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket that blasted off from the company's West Texas site Tuesday ... more
        Spaceport America and C6 Launch Systems sign agreement

        Spaceport America NM (SPX) Oct 20, 2020
        Spaceport America signed an agreement with Canadian Corporation C6 Launch Systems to provide services, resources, and access to the vertical launch sites facilities for testing operations and activities. C6 Launch Systems plans to begin work at Spaceport America in January 2021. Over a six-week period, the Canadian rocket company will install a new vertical test stand and conduct system integration tests including several engine firings at Spaceport America. These tests will validate the avionics, ... read more
        Ultra Safe Nuclear Technologies delivers advanced Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Design to NASA
        Seattle WA (SPX) Oct 20, 2020
        Ultra Safe Nuclear Technologies (USNC-Tech) has delivered a design concept to NASA as part of a study on nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) flight demonstration. NTP technology provides unprecedented ... more

        Draper signs agreement to provide software for Stratolaunch's hypersonic vehicle
        Cambridge MA (SPX) Oct 16, 2020
        Precision guidance and navigation is critical to success and safety in spaceflight. Today, as Stratolaunch builds its next generation vehicle for hypersonic flight test, it will be guided by flight ... more
        Lockheed Martin Adds Three Industry Partners To OpFires Team
        Orlando FL (SPX) Oct 16, 2020
        As Lockheed Martin continues the work with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to advance the unique hypersonic technologies of its Operational Fires (OpFires) program, the company ... more
        Isar Aerospace prepares the launch of its rockets from space centre CSG
        Munich, Germany (SPX) Oct 16, 2020
        Isar Aerospace has signed an agreement with the French Space Agency CNES (Centre national d'etudes spatiales) to prepare the launch of its orbital launch vehicles from the Centre Spatial Guyanais (C ... more
        All engines for Ariane 6 complete qualification tests
        Paris (ESA) Oct 16, 2020
        All three engines developed to power Europe's future Ariane 6 rocket have completed extensive tests - the P120C solid rocket motor for the boosters, the Vulcain 2.1 engine for the core stage and the ... more
        DoD establishes hypersonics center at Naval Surface Warfare Center
        Washington DC (UPI) Oct 15, 2020
        The Pentagon established a Joint Hypersonics Transition Office Systems Engineering Field Activity at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Ind., on Thursday. ... more
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