Ariane 5 on the launch pad. Credit: Arianespace
A 2011 file photo of an Ariane 5 rocket rolling out to the launch pad. Credit: Arianespace
Atlas 5 Cygnus launch
OA-6 launch
ULA Vulcan
Galileo launch
The Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of the 2016 NDAA, which exempted a total of nine RD-180 engines, prevailed in the compromise bill hashed out by House and Senate conferees. Credit: ULA
Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos discusses the status of the company's New Shepard suborbital vehicle April 5 at the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. Behind Bezos are a model of the New Shepard crew capsule and the propulsion module that flew five suborbital flights. Credit: SpaceNews/Jeff Foust
Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos speaks in front of his company's New Shepard suborbital vehicle on display at the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs April 5. Bezos said the company still plans to start flying people on suborbital space tourism flights by the end of 2018, although the company has yet to start selling tickets or even setting a ticket price. Development of New Shepard, he said, is informing the company's plans for an orbital launch vehicle, New Glenn, that will use the same BE-4 engines that United Launch Alliance is considering for its Vulcan rocket. Credit: Chuck Bigger for SpaceNews
“Looking forward for reusability, we don’t believe it really, really counts unless you can turn it around rapidly, or almost as rapidly, as you turn around an aircraft,” SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said Wednesday at the 33rd Space Symposium. “Our challenge right now is to refly a rocket within 24 hours. That’s when we’ll really feel like we’ve got reusability right.” Credit: Tom Kimmell
Elzbieta Bienkowska, the European Commission’s lead space commissioner, speaking April 5 at the 33rd Space Symposium. Credit: Tom Kimmell
Jonathan Arenberg (L), John Mace Grunsfeld (C), and Mary Lynne Dittmar (R), discuss the potential of heavy launch for scientific exploration at the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. Credit: Tom Kimmell
Orbital ATK is developing the NGL rocket to launch from a multi-use pad at Kennedy Space Center. Credit: Orbital ATK artist’s concept
Thaicom 6 Falcon 9 SpaceX
CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall speaking Tuesday at the 33rd Space Symposium. Credit: Tom Kimmell for SpaceNews
Eutelsat-172b, which left Toulouse, France, March 20 on an Antonov AR-124 transport plane for Cayenne, French Guiana, was returned to Airbus' Toulouse factory March 30. Credit: Airbus Defence and Space

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