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Arianespace successfully launched two satellites this evening: Sky Muster for the Australian operator nbn (National Broadband Network) and ARSAT-2 for the Argentine operator ARSAT.


United Launch Alliance (ULA) has released its latest video in its Innovation at ULA series. In this video we see how the booster stage main engines are recovered for reuse as part of their Sensible, Modular, Autonomous Return Technology (SMART) initiative.


Blue Origin announced today the completion of more than 100 staged-combustion tests in development of the American-made BE-4 engine.


Successful test firings of key propulsion components marked the latest sign of progress for Virgin Galactic's dedicated small satellite launch vehicle, LauncherOne.


SpaceX has released the following video of the first static fire test of the upgraded Falcon 9's first stage with densified propellant which occurred on September 21.


Airbus Defence and Space, prime contractor for NASA's Orion space vehicle's European Service Module (ESM), has completed four large titanium tanks for the module that will be delivered for initial testing.


Blue Origin has selected the Florida Space Coast to locate a new manufacturing facility and signed an agreement to use Launch Complex 36 (Pad B) to launch their new reusable rocket which they expect to fly from the Cape by 2020.


Robust demand from the growing small satellite market has led Virgin Galactic to significantly increase the performance of its LauncherOne satellite launch service.


Europe's own satellite navigation system has come a step nearer to completion today, with Galileo 9 and 10 which lifted off together at 02:08 GMT on 11 September (04:08 CEST; 23:08 local time, 10 September) from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, atop a Soyuz launcher.


Sierra Nevada Corporation's Space Systems announces the launch of a new program, the Dream Chaser-Preferred Landing Site Program, in which SNC will work with spaceports and commercial airports to become a designated landing site for the Dream Chaser spacecraft.


Boeing held a grand opening ceremony for the revamped Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility (C3PF), one of NASA's former shuttle hangars, Friday, Sept. 4, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Hardware for Boeing's Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner spacecraft is being processed in the facility as part of the company's contract with NASA's Commercial Crew Program.


Meet the CST-100 Starliner, the newly unveiled name of Boeing's commercial crew transportation spacecraft.


The servicing of satellites on-orbit has been a hot topic in recent years. From satellite inspection and supporting a spacecraft launched into the wrong orbit to active servicing tasks such as refueling or hardware replacement, spacecraft that can support on-orbit servicing tasks could give new life to otherwise inoperable spacecraft.


Processing has been completed for the initial Soyuz Fregat upper stage to be handled in the Spaceport's Fregat Fueling Facility (FCube) - the newest site in French Guiana to support Arianespace's sustained operational cadence.


A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite for the U.S. Navy launched from Space Launch Complex-41 at 6:18 a.m. EDT today.


SpaceX released this artist concept of Launch Pad 39A as it would look for the launch of its Crew Dragon spacecraft on top of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying astronauts to the International Space Station.


The Orion crew module flown 3,600 miles into space during Exploration Flight Test-1 has arrived to the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company headquarters in Littleton, Colorado.


The annual AIAA Space conference is underway. In this plenary session government, business, and academic leaders engage in conversation about the direction of change in the space industry and the trends impacting future developments in space science, military space, space launch, and space exploration.