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Rocket to Launch Inflatable Re-entry Capsule

( -- Inflatable aircraft are not a new idea. Hot air balloons have been around for more than two centuries and blimps are a common sight over many sports stadiums. But it's hard to imagine an inflatable spacecraft.

dateAug 14, 2009 in Space Exploration
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Deep space capsule comes alive with first weld

( -- Construction began this week on the first new NASA spacecraft built to take humans to orbit since space shuttle Endeavour left the factory in 1991, and marked a significant milestone in carrying out the ambitious ...

dateSep 12, 2011 in Space Exploration
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Image: Orion prepares to move to launch pad

On Dec. 4, Orion is scheduled to launch atop a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 37 in Florida. During the test, Orion will travel 3,600 miles in altitude ...

dateNov 06, 2014 in Space Exploration
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