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Ariane launches fifth and final ATV spacecraft
Posted: Wed, Jul 30 7:48 AM ET (1148 GMT)
Ariane 5 ES launch of ATV-5 (Arianespace) An Ariane 5 successfully launched on Tuesday the last in a planned series of European cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station. The Ariane 5 ES lifted off from Kourou, French Guiana, at 7:47 pm EDT (2347 GMT) Tuesday, placing the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) 5 spacecraft into orbit. The spacecraft, named Georges Lemaitre after the Belgian astrophysicist, will spent two weeks in orbit conducting tests before docking with the ISS on August 12. The spacecraft is carrying 6,600 kilograms of supplies for the ISS. The spacecraft is the last in a series of ATVs that the European Space Agency launched to support its share of ISS logistics. ESA plans to use ATV technology to develop the service module for NASA's Orion spacecraft to cover its share of future ISS cargo services. The launch was also the 60th consecutive successful Ariane launch, a streak that has lasted for more than a decade.


Delta 4 launches space surveillance satellites
Posted: Tue, Jul 29 5:07 AM ET (0907 GMT)
Delta 4 launch of AFSPC-4 (ULA) After four scrubs due to ground equipment and weather issues, a Delta 4 rocket successfully placed three military space surveillance satellites into orbit on Monday. The Delta 4 Medium+ (4,2) rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 7:28 pm EDT (2328 GMT) Monday. The launch took place more than halfway into a 65-minute launch window to allow weather conditions to improve. Launch attempts on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of last week were scrubbed by poor weather, and an initial launch attempt Wednesday was postponed by problems with ground support equipment. The mission, designed AFSPC-4, carried into orbit two Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites and one Automated Navigation and Guidance Experiment for Local Space (ANGELS) satellite. The satellites will support surveillance of other satellites and debris, particularly in geosynchronous orbit. The existence of the GSSAP program was publicly revealed by the Air Force just earlier this year.


Control of Russian research satellite restored
Posted: Sun, Jul 27 2:07 PM ET (1807 GMT)
Ground controllers have regained control of a research satellite that stopped responding to commands shortly after launch, Russian officials said Saturday. The Foton-M 4...


Delta 4 launch rescheduled for Monday
Posted: Sun, Jul 27 1:56 PM ET (1756 GMT)
After three successive launch scrubs due to weather, the Air Force hopes to launch three space surveillance satellites on a Delta 4 on Monday. Thunderstorms...


GAO report warns SLS first launch date could slip
Posted: Fri, Jul 25 8:42 AM ET (1242 GMT)
A report issued this week by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) warned that the first launch of NASA's new heavy-lift rocket could slip...





Wednesday, July 30
United Launch Alliance launches trio of defense satellites
Denver Business Journal — 7:05 am ET (1105 GMT)
Aerojet Rocketdyne part of space 'neighborhood watch' satellite mission
Sacramento Business Journal — 7:04 am ET (1104 GMT)
Virgin vows to fly for first time later this year
Albuquerque Business First — 7:03 am ET (1103 GMT)
Virgin Galactic moves toward spaceflight
KRQE-TV Albuquerque, NM — 7:03 am ET (1103 GMT)
Ottawa native shortlisted for one-way trip to Mars
Metro Canada — 7:02 am ET (1102 GMT)
Rover distance record: Mars rover Opportunity breaks space exploration record
Christian Science Monitor — 7:00 am ET (1100 GMT)
Asteroids Named After Two Arizona State University Professors
Phoenix New Times — 7:00 am ET (1100 GMT)
Corning donates $1.8M mirror for space telescope
Elmira (NY) Star-Gazette — 7:00 am ET (1100 GMT)
8th Mars Report: Was Ancient Mars Warm and Wet or Cold and Icy?
The Planetary Society — 6:59 am ET (1059 GMT)
Rocket Lab Prepares For Launch
Wall Street Journal — 6:54 am ET (1054 GMT)
Tributes after sudden death of space expert
Cambrian (UK) News — 6:54 am ET (1054 GMT)
NASA's Budget Stalls Out
The Planetary Society — 6:49 am ET (1049 GMT)
Crew 'returns to Earth' after simulated Mars mission on Hawaiian volcano
Australian Broadcasting Corporation — 6:49 am ET (1049 GMT)
SpaceX, BEDC request building permits
Brownsville (TX) Herald — 6:46 am ET (1046 GMT)
Martian marathon: Opportunity keeps knocking on the planet’s surface
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette — 6:45 am ET (1045 GMT)
Arianespace Launches Cargo Vessel To The ISS
Forbes.com — 6:45 am ET (1045 GMT)
Europe’s ATV on final ISS mission
EuroNews — 6:45 am ET (1045 GMT)
Last European space cargo delivery heads for ISS
Deutsche Welle — 6:44 am ET (1044 GMT)
Space camp helps kids launch love of science
Baltimore Sun — 6:42 am ET (1042 GMT)
Launch of Delta IV with AFSPC-4 dedicated to ULA’s Mike Woolley
SpaceFlight Insider — 6:39 am ET (1039 GMT)
NASA astronaut Mike Massimino retires; takes University position
SpaceFlight Insider — 6:39 am ET (1039 GMT)


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