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Deep Space Digest – June 6
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Deep Space Digest – June 6

by Justin CowartJune 6, 2014

Venus Express encounters resistance, Opportunity studies dirt, Rosetta approaches its target, Cassini bounces radio waves off Titan, and New Horizons does a dry run.

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XCOR Aerospace successfully tests piston pump powered rocket
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XCOR Aerospace successfully tests piston pump powered rocket

by AstroAggregatorApril 6, 2013

Last week saw the successful test by XCOR Aerospace of their LYNX rocket engine with both propellant and oxidiser being supplied by positive displacement pumps – a claimed first in the industry.

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ISS Transitions into Expedition 35, Expedition 34 return home after a delayed departure
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ISS Transitions into Expedition 35, Expedition 34 return home after a delayed departure

by Chris TrudgenMarch 17, 2013

On March 13th NASA astronaut Kevin Ford handed over command of the ISS to CSA astronaut Chris Hadfield in preparation for the transition from Expedition 34 into Expedition 35 allowing Ford and his crew to prepare to depart the station on Friday.  (more…)

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How to run a Space Station: The resupply ships of the ISS
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How to run a Space Station: The resupply ships of the ISS

by Chris TrudgenMarch 5, 2013

On the International Space Station machines break, people need food to eat and water to drink – so how do we keep our astronauts fed, provide them with water and service the machines?

The collective effort of the fleet of robotic resupply ships takes care of these issues for us.

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SpaceX launch Dragon to the ISS, Dragon has on orbit issues
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SpaceX launch Dragon to the ISS, Dragon has on orbit issues

by Chris TrudgenMarch 3, 2013

Friday March 1st 2013 saw the SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.0 rocket blast off from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Florida at 1510 UTC / 10:10am EST, intending to rendezvous with the International Space Station on Saturday.

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Kristian Von Bengtson resigns as chairman from Copenhagen Suborbitals
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Kristian Von Bengtson resigns as chairman from Copenhagen Suborbitals

by AstroAggregatorJanuary 16, 2013

A few days ago Kristian Von Bengtson, one of the founders of Copenhagen Suborbitals, announced his resignation as chairman on twitter in order to concentrate on designing their new crowdfunded space capsule.

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Copenhagen Suborbitals successfully crowdfund the next step in homebuilt spaceflight
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Copenhagen Suborbitals successfully crowdfund the next step in homebuilt spaceflight

by AstroAggregatorJanuary 5, 2013

Copenhagen Suborbitals, the small Danish outfit famous for not only homebuilding a fully working submarine but also a wide variety of capsules and rockets, have managed to fund their next step towards amateur spaceflight – the first amateur-built space capsule in the world.

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Blue Origin completes escape test
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Blue Origin completes escape test

by AstroAggregatorNovember 3, 2012

Completing their stay at NASA, Blue Origin successfully demonstrated their modules pusher escape system, designed to save the crew of their craft in case of any serious malfunction.

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Blue Origin completes rocket engine test
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Blue Origin completes rocket engine test

by AstroAggregatorOctober 21, 2012

Blue Origin, the startup private spaceflight company founded by Amazon owner Jeff Bezos, has successfully tested a new 100,000lb thrust rocket engine named BE-3. (more…)

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Space X begins CRS contract with first successful commercial Dragon launch
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Space X begins CRS contract with first successful commercial Dragon launch

by AstroAggregatorOctober 12, 2012

In the last couple of days something of a watershed moment in spaceflight has occurred – the first successful resupply of the ISS by a commercial space vehicle instead of one launched by a government agency. Space X are truly breaking new ground.

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