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Russia Blames a Bad Sensor for Its Failed Soyuz Rocket Launch

On Thursday, Russian officials held a press conference to reveal that they have determined what caused last month’s Soyuz mid-flight failure. The culprit: a damaged sensor on one of the rocket’s four boosters responsible for stage separation. With the investigation complete, the officials announced that they will move up the ...

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Here’s What Astronauts See When a Rocket Aborts Mid-Flight

Nick Hague spent 20 years dreaming of getting into space, first as an Air Force test pilot, then as a NASA astronaut since 2013. He got his big chance to blast into orbit last Friday aboard a Soyuz spacecraft launching from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Hague and Russian cosmonaut ...

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Rocket Lab Test Flight Launches Three CubeSats to Orbit

The launch company Rocket Lab has amusing names for its missions. The first, in May, was called “It’s a Test” (it was). When the staff debated what to call the second launch of their diminutive Electron rocket, so sized (and priced) specifically to carry small satellites to space, they said, ...

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NASA’s Rocket to Nowhere Finally Has a Destination

On a Thursday afternoon in June, a 17-foot-tall rocket motor—looking like something a dedicated amateur might fire off—stood fire-side-up on the salty desert of Promontory, Utah. Over the loudspeakers, an announcer counted down. And with the command to fire, quad cones of flame flew from the four inverted nozzles and ...

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Watch as SpaceX Fires (and Hopefully Lands) Another Rocket

[embedded content] While you wait for SpaceX to launch—and attempt to land—its 28th Falcon 9 rocket, I’m going to ask you to take a moment and think about the mission’s payload. The JCSat-16 is a telecommunications satellite. Amid the constellation of artificial objects orbiting this planet—things that peer to the ...

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