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First SLS launch could slip to 2018
Posted: Thu, Aug 28 10:01 AM ET (1401 GMT)
Space Launch System (SLS) illustration (NASA) NASA announced Wednesday that its Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket has passed a key review, but also said the rocket may not be ready for its first launch until November 2018, nearly a year later than previously planned. The SLS completed what NASA calls its Key Decision Point C (KDP-C) review, clearing the program to proceed into further development. The KDP-C set an estimated cost of that development at just over $7 billion, but also said the rocket would be ready for its first flight no later than November 2018. NASA had previously indicated SLS would launch on its first mission, EM-1, in December 2017. NASA officials said they are still working towards that earlier date, and the November 2018 date comes from models with a confidence level of 70 percent. Separate KDP-C reviews of SLS ground systems, and of the Orion spacecraft, are planned before NASA officials believe they will have a better estimate of the EM-1 launch date.

SpaceX delays Falcon 9 launch to review systems
Posted: Wed, Aug 27 8:01 AM ET (1201 GMT)
Falcon 9 v1.1 launch of AsiaSat 8 (AsiaSat) SpaceX has delayed the next launch of its Falcon 9 rocket, which was scheduled for early Wednesday, by one to two weeks to review potential failure modes with the rocket. The company said in a statement Tuesday night, several hours after the delay was first announced, that it wanted "to review all potential failure modes and contingencies again," but said there was no specific issue with the rocket itself or its satellite payload, AsiaSat 6. The company also said the delay was not specifically linked to the loss of its F9R-Dev experimental vehicle during a flight Friday at the company's Texas test site. That flight, SpaceX said, suffered from a "blocked sensor port problem" that would not have been an issue on an operational Falcon 9.

Commission established to review Soyuz launch anomaly
Posted: Tue, Aug 26 1:02 PM ET (1702 GMT)
Arianespace announced Monday that it has established an independent commission to review the anomaly with Friday's Soyuz launch that placed two Galileo navigation satellites...

Next Falcon 9 launch slips one day
Posted: Mon, Aug 25 4:37 PM ET (2037 GMT)
SpaceX has delayed its next Falcon 9 launch one day, to just after midnight Wednesday, to allow more time to ensure there are no links...

Sea Launch to lay off staff during "manifest gap"
Posted: Mon, Aug 25 4:26 PM ET (2026 GMT)
Commercial launch provider Sea Launch will lay off some of its employees and take its vessels out of service temporarily as it deals with a...

Tuesday, September 2
A mission to Pluto enters the home stretch
The Space Review — 12:47 pm ET (1647 GMT)
Deflecting near Earth asteroids with paint
The Space Review — 12:46 pm ET (1646 GMT)
Complications of the legal definition of “launching state”
The Space Review — 12:44 pm ET (1644 GMT)
Review: Historical Analogs for the Stimulation of Space Commerce
The Space Review — 12:43 pm ET (1643 GMT)
All Russian Space Sex Geckos Die on Flight Mission
Moscow Times — 4:38 am ET (0838 GMT)
'U' professor appointed to lead international research consortium
Univ. of Michigan Daily — 4:37 am ET (0837 GMT)
Mars Mission completes 300 days in space
PTI — 4:34 am ET (0834 GMT)
‘There’s an asteroid with our name on it’
The Daily Mail — 4:33 am ET (0833 GMT)
Opinion: What will it take to reignite U.S. interest in space?
SpaceFlight Insider — 4:31 am ET (0831 GMT)
Russian Foton-M4 Capsule Lands with Dead Sex Geckos
Astro Watch — 4:29 am ET (0829 GMT)
Subatomic particles give glimpse into sun’s core
Science News — 4:28 am ET (0828 GMT)
Russian spacecraft back on Earth after six-week mission
Spaceflight Now — 4:23 am ET (0823 GMT)
Japan nears launch of probe to retrieve asteroid samples
Spaceflight Now — 4:22 am ET (0822 GMT)
The dogs that conquered space
The Guardian — 4:16 am ET (0816 GMT)

Monday, September 1
Sad News for Zero-G Sex Study: The Geckos Are Dead — 5:56 pm ET (2156 GMT)
Geckos on Mission Die Aboard Russian Spacecraft
New York Times — 5:55 pm ET (2155 GMT)
Three Pathways to the 1980s
Wired News — 5:53 pm ET (2153 GMT)
Russia confirms death of five geckos on space sex mission
The Guardian — 5:53 pm ET (2153 GMT)
NASA rover to get Martian memory wipe
Ars Technica — 5:52 pm ET (2152 GMT)
U.S. Senator Nelson: It's Mars or bust
WOFL-TV Orlando — 5:51 pm ET (2151 GMT)
Geckos onboard Russia’s Photon re-entry capsule die
Itar-Tass — 12:00 pm ET (1600 GMT)

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