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SLS core stage rocket to go through critical tests this month

SLS core stage rocket to go through critical tests this month

NASA is currently working on a massive rocket called the Space Launch System or SLS. We mentioned last month that the massive rocket was set to undergo some critical tests. The SLS core stage is set for more tests this month and still sits on the B-2 test stand at the Stennis Space Center. The massive rocket is 212 feet tall and is more powerful than any rocket used since the 60s.

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Rocket Lab plans to attempt recovery of its first stage rocket

Rocket Lab plans to attempt recovery of its first stage rocket

It's very difficult to launch rockets into space successfully, and only a few companies and governments have been able to do it. It's even more challenging to launch a rocket into space and then recover the first stage for use to lessen the expense of rocket launches. So far, SpaceX has proven very adept at recovering its Falcon 9 first stage rockets regularly to be refitted and re-flown.

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Nuclear Thermal Propulsion engine could mean a three month trip to Mars

Nuclear Thermal Propulsion engine could mean a three month trip to Mars

A company from Seattle called Ultra Safe Nuclear Technologies (USNC-Tech) has developed a concept for a new type of propulsion unit and delivered details to NASA. The company claims that the new Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (NTP) engine is safer and more reliable than previous designs.

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SpaceX stacks its Starship prototype in preparation for another test flight

SpaceX stacks its Starship prototype in preparation for another test flight

SpaceX has conducted several test flights of its Starship prototype, and so far, they've all flown only a portion of the rocket. Previous test flights have lacked the nosecone where one day payloads and perhaps astronauts will sit. SpaceX is gearing up for another test flight, and this time it's attaching the nosecone on top of the rocket.

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ULA Delta IV Heavy rocket launch delayed again

ULA Delta IV Heavy rocket launch delayed again

We mentioned yesterday that United Launch Alliance had intended to try to relaunch its Delta IV Heavy today. The launch had been canceled earlier in the week due to a problem with the launch facility's retraction system. The launch was supposed to happen today and has been canceled again due to a similar fault.

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ESA’s Vega rocket demonstration reports success after months of delays

ESA’s Vega rocket demonstration reports success after months of delays

Last Wednesday, the European Space Agency successfully launched its Vega rocket from French Guiana after around a year of delays. The launch took place from Europe's Spaceport and involved deploying 53 small satellites into orbit -- a mission that ended up a complete success, according to the ESA. The space agency says this mission demonstrated that Vega and the wider Small Spacecraft Mission Service dispenser is capable of offering launch services to customers.

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Rocket Lab reveals that its last Electron launch included a secret satellite

Rocket Lab reveals that its last Electron launch included a secret satellite

Rocket Lab, the private space company that is launching rockets every handful of weeks, has revealed that its most recent launch included a secret payload developed by the company itself. Called 'Photon,' this payload was a demonstration of Rocket Lab's latest business initiative, one that will enable the company to offer 'end-to-end space solutions' for customers who need them. The Photon satellite is the first that was designed and built in-house by Rocket Lab.

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SpaceX bags first polar mission from Florida in 50 years

SpaceX bags first polar mission from Florida in 50 years

Just when you thought the company couldn't make history anymore, SpaceX just launched yet another one. Although it had to cancel the first of its two planned launches on Sunday due to unfavorable weather conditions, luck seemed to still smile on it as it launched what may be the more historic one. Not only that, but it was also able to safely land the Falcon 9 rocket that has now flown four times and is now also the first rocket to be launched from Florida on a polar corridor mission since 1969.

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The huge rocket for the ULA Vulcan just passed a fiery milestone

The huge rocket for the ULA Vulcan just passed a fiery milestone

The new rocket motor for the huge ULA Vulcan is one step closer to launching into space, with Northrop Grumman successfully putting one of the beastly motors through its paces this week. The ground test of the extended length 63-inch-diameter Graphite Epoxy Motor, known as GEM 63XL, is a key milestone on the way to giving the rocket its next-generation engines.

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Rocket Lab will resume launches in August despite recent failure

Rocket Lab will resume launches in August despite recent failure

Despite its launch failure in July, Rocket Lab has confirmed that it will still conduct a new launch in August, taking another shot at launching one of its Electron rockets. The company says that its team is 'confident' that they found the cause of the launch failure that occurred last month, one that resulted in the loss of various payloads, including a satellite that was being launched on behalf of camera company Canon.

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Watch SpaceX dramatically catch both halves of its Falcon fairing

Watch SpaceX dramatically catch both halves of its Falcon fairing

On Monday, July 20, SpaceX added another milestone to its list of 'firsts,' this time announcing that it had successfully caught both halves of its Falcon 9 fairings. The achievement was first revealed by Elon Musk; SpaceX is back today with two videos that let the public watch this success for itself. As anticipated, SpaceX also successfully landed the Falcon 9 first stage on the 'Just Read the Instructions' droneship.

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SpaceX makes history again by catching both Falcon 9 fairing halves

SpaceX makes history again by catching both Falcon 9 fairing halves

Many of SpaceX's rocket launches of late have almost become unexciting and normal, which is actually a good thing for the company's goals. Just as each and every plane flight has become almost banal, so too will space flight become in SpaceX's and Elon Musk's vision. That said, there are still some things that the company has to check off its list and it has just reached not just one but two milestones in what would have normally been an uneventful 90th Falcon 9 launch.

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