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New Mars lander takes shape

November 17, 2014

The next Mars lander — a platform to drill beneath the surface of the red planet — has begun its assembly phase in preparation for launch in March 2016.

U.S. military’s X-37B space plane lands in California

October 17, 2014

The U.S. Air Force’s X-37B space plane concluded its third mission, streaking through the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean and gliding to an automated landing on a runway at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., after spending a record 675 days in orbit.

Launch Schedule

October 4, 2014

A regularly updated listing of planned orbital missions from spaceports around the globe. Dates and times are given in Greenwich Mean Time. “NET” stands for no earlier than. “TBD” means to be determined. Recent updates appear in red type. Please send any corrections, additions or updates by e-mail to: sclark@spaceflightnow.com. See our Launch Log for a listing of completed space missions since 2004. Latest changes: April 8: Adding date and time for Falcon 9/Starlink 6 April 7: Falcon 9/GPS 3 SV03 delayed; Adding date for Long March 3B/Palapa N1; Adding time for Soyuz/Progress 75P April 3: Adding date for Atlas 5/USSF-7/OTV-6; Adding time for H-2B/HTV 9 March 25: Removing Astra Rocket 3.0/”1 of 3″; Electron/”Don’t Stop Me Now” delayed; Falcon 9/SAOCOM 1B delayed; Adding Long March 3B/Nusantara Satu 2 March 20: Vega/SSMS POC delayed; Adding Long March 2C/Yaogan 30-06; Electron/”Don’t Stop Me Now” delayed; Soyuz/Falcon Eye 2 delayed; Adding Falcon 9/Starlink 6; Falcon 9/Crew Dragon Demo-2 delayed; Adding date for H-2B/HTV 9 April 9Soyuz • ISS 62S Launch time: 0805 GMT (4:05 a.m. EDT) Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

Construction of Texas launch site to begin next year

September 28, 2014

SpaceX broke ground on a new commercial spaceport on the shores of South Texas, committing to the construction of the world’s first privately-owned satellite launch pad scheduled to be operational as soon as late 2016.

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