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Firefly Aerospace Welcomes Brad Schneider as Chief Revenue Officer

Firefly has hired Brad Schneider as the Chief Revenue Officer. Schneider has more than 35 years of experience in corporate operations, business, and strategic marketing within the aerospace and defense industry, focusing the last two decades on the development of small satellite and launch vehicle technologies. “Brad’s breadth of financial …

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Rocket Lab Celebrates 100th Rutherford Engine Build

Rocket Lab is celebrating completion of the company’s 100th Rutherford engine. Rocket Lab began development on the world’s first 3D printed, electric turbo-pump fed engine in 2013. Within the same year, Rutherford was test fired for the first time, marking the beginning of a new generation in rocket propulsion. Today, …

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Proton Successfully Delivers the Spektr-RG Astrophysical Observatory Spacecraft into Orbit

Spektr-RG Astrophysical Observatory Spacecraft

A Proton M launch vehicle successfully launched the Spektr-RG astrophysical observatory from Site 81 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome on July 13, 2019 at 3:30:57 p.m. Moscow time. The launch and flight were completed with no issues making this the second launch of this vehicle type in 2019. Two hours later, …

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ÅAC Microtec confirms successful launch of NSLSat-1

The NSLSat-1 satellite was successfully launched on Friday 5 July by EXOLAUNCH on the Soyuz 2.1b launch vehicle from the Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia, into Low Earth Orbit (LEO). AAC Clyde Space has since made contact with spacecraft from their Glasgow based ground station, with spacecraft systems performing as planned. AAC …

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ESA and Arianespace Establish Flight VV15 Inquiry Commission

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Arianespace have decided to appoint an independent inquiry commission to analyse the reasons for the Flight VV15 failure and define measures needed to ensure the resumption of Vega flights while fulfilling all requisite safety and security conditions. This inquiry commission is co-chaired by the …

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Vega Launch Vehicle Experiences Major Launch Anomaly, Loses UAE Spacecraft

The Vega rocket delivering the Falcon Eye 1 earth observation satellite to space for the UAE, has suffered what has been described as a “major anomaly”, resulting in the loss of both the rocket and the satellite. Approximately two minutes after the Vega launcher’s liftoff from the Spaceport in French …

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Exolaunch Successfully Completes Payload Integration of 28 Small Satellites

Exolaunch has completed a successful payload integration for a Soyuz launch from the Vostochny launch site. In total, Exolaunch has contracted and integrated for launch 28 commercial and educational satellites from Germany, France, the USA, Israel, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Thailand, Ecuador, the Czech Republic and Estonia. The complete …

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Ball Aerospace Successfully Commissions Small Satellite, Begins On-Orbit Testing of Green Fuel

Ball Aerospace commissions small satellite for NASA's Green Propellant Infusion Mission, begins on-orbit testing of propellant.

Ball Aerospace has officially commissioned NASA’s Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) and begun on-orbit testing of a non-toxic, high-performance propellant. GPIM launched on June 25, 2019 at 2:30 a.m. EDT on board a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. “We are excited for the opportunity to advance in-space propulsion for the entire …

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