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Galileo lifts off

Replay of liftoff of Soyuz carrying Galileo satellites 11 and 12, at 11:51 GMT, from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana To source

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ESA confirms James Webb telescope Ariane launch

The next great space observatory took a step closer this week when ESA signed the contract with Arianespace that will see the James Webb Space Telescope launched on an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou in October 2018. To source

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Stratolaunch Backer Says It Remains Committed to Transforming Space Launch

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, right, confers with airplane designer Burt Rutan during the 2011 unveiling of the Stratolaunch concept.Credit: SpaceNews WASHINGTON — Paul Allen’s Vulcan Aerospace is taking issue with reports that its Stratolaunch project is in jeopardy because of a market shift towards smaller satellites that don’t require the massive mothership the company is building for an […]

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Spaceplanes Vs. Reusable Rockets – Which Will Win?

This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Live Science’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Launching satellites, spacecraft and people into space is expensive because we only use our launch vehicles once . After delivering their payloads into orbit, our rockets either burn up in the atmosphere or crash […]

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Do the Robot! NASA's Valkyrie Gets Down in New Video

Maybe it’s time to rethink the stiff, mechanical movements of the popular “robot” dance: A new NASA video features the agency’s humanoid R5 robot breaking it down on the dance floor to an epic techno beat. Although the robot, also known as Valkyrie, isn’t as graceful as a prima ballerina or as quick on its […]

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Move Over, R2-D2! NASA Already Has Plenty of Robots in Space

NASA’s Robonaut is just one of many real world robots that help astronauts in space.Credit: NASA Robots in space aren’t limited to science fiction: NASA has a long list of robotic technologies currently operating in orbit and benefiting humans, even though astronauts don’t yet have anything like a trusty R2-D2 bleeping comments and questions. The […]

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