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Next Launch GPS IIF-8 on a Atlas V 401 rocket from Cape Canaveral AFB, FL
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29 Oct 14 17:21:00 GMT
29 Oct 14 13:21:00 EDT

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Dream Chaser Completes Safety Review

In this artist’s illustration, Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser spacecraft is depicted landing. Image Credit: SNC

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ULA Selects Orlando Firm to Support Commercial Crew at Launch Complex 41

Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

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ULA Clears Safety Hurdle for Commercial Crew Launch Capability

An Atlas V in its ‘401’ configuration – with a 4-metre-wide payload fairing, no strap-on solid rocket motors and a single-engine Centaur upper stage – launches the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) GEO-1 in May 2011. The crew-rated variant of the Atlas V will most likely take the form of a ‘402’ configuration; identical to [...]