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Soyuz ST-A launches with Sentinel-1B at fourth attempt


Russia’s Soyuz ST-A rocket has launched with the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-1B spacecraft and four small satellites, following three delays – two relating to unacceptable weather for both…

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Proton-M successfully launches first ExoMars spacecraft


Europe’s ExoMars orbiter has begun its journey to the Red Planet on Monday with its launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome atop a Russian Proton-M rocket. The first of…

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Ariane 5 successfully launches Eutelsat 65 West A


Arianespace has conducted its second Ariane 5 launch of the year with the lofting of the Eutelsat 65 West A relay satellite. Following a rare single passenger launch…

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Russian Rokot launches Sentinel-3A


A Russian Rokot launch vehicle – with a Briz-KM Upper Stage – has launched the Sentinel-3A spacecraft for the European Space Agency (ESA) on Tuesday. The launch took…

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Ariane 5 kicks off 2016 campaign with Intelsat 29e launch


Arianespace has opened its 2016 launch campaign with the lofting of the Intelsat 29e satellite on Wednesday. In a rare single passenger launch, the Ariane 5 was tasked…

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NASA to begin testing Orion’s European Service Module


NASA is nearly ready to begin testing of a core component of the Orion spacecraft. A structural test version of the European Service Module has arrived in the…

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Ariane 5 conducts dual launch for Australia and Argentina


Arianespace has conducted its fifth Ariane 5 mission of the year with the launch of two telecommunication satellites. Sky Muster (NBN Co 1A) and ARSAT-2 rode uphill on…

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Arianespace Soyuz ST-B conducts another Galileo dual launch


An Arianespace Soyuz ST-B has successfully lofted another pair of Galileo satellites from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on Thursday. The launch of the FM05 and FM06…

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Soyuz TMA-18M docks to increase ISS crew size to nine


The Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft has docked with the International Space Station on Friday, following its Wednesday launch via a Soyuz FG rocket. Soyuz TMA-18M delivered one new Expedition crewmember…

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Ariane 5 conducts dual launch of Eutelsat 8 West B and Intelsat 34


Arianespace has conducted its fourth Ariane 5 mission of the year with the successful launch of two telecommunication satellites. Eutelsat 8 West B and Intelsat 34 rode uphill…

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Ariane 6 and upgraded Vega head into development phase


Arianespace’s future launchers, the Ariane 6 and Vega C, have moved into the next phase of their development, following the signing of contracts – between the European Space…

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Ariane 5 conducts MSG-4 and Star One C4 dual launch


Arianespace was back in action on Wednesday with its Ariane 5 successfully launching the Meteosat Second Generation-4 (MSG-4) and Star One C4 satellites. Launch from the European Spaceport…

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World launch markets look toward rocket reusability


What was once thought to be a pipe dream of having a reusable system of rocket and rocket components to reduce the overall cost of spaceflight is now…

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Ariane 5 launches DirecTV-15 and SKY Mexico-1


Arianespace has lofted another pair of satellites into space on Wednesday, with DirecTV-15 and SKY Mexico-1 set enjoying a ride uphill on the Ariane 5 rocket. Launch from…

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Ariane 5 conducts dual launch with Thor 7 and SICRAL 2


An Ariane 5 ECA was back in action on Sunday evening, lofting another pair of satellites into space. Thor 7 and SICRAL 2 rode uphill on the Arianespace workhorse…

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Satellites Supply Line – Sending spacecraft to Kourou


Two more satellites destined for a ride into space have completed assembly ahead of being lofted by Arianespace rockets. Europe’s Sentinel-2A was transported by truck from IABG’s facilities to Munich…

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Arianespace Soyuz ST-B conducts launch of Galileo duo


An Arianespace Soyuz ST-B has successfully launched another pair of Galileo satellites from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on Friday. The lofting of the FM03 and FM04 satellites…

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IXV’s Pride: Europe’s spaceplane homecoming prelude to future goals


ESA’s Intermediate Experimental Vehicle (IXV) is now enjoying the final leg of her mission, onboard the Nos Aries recovery ship. The vehicle – part of ESA’s future spaceplane aspirations…

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Europe’s final ATV cargo vehicle completes mission


Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5, the Georges Lemaître) departed from the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday morning, ahead of a destructive re-entry that was conduted on Sunday….

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Thor 7 ready to ship ahead of Ariane 5 launch


The impressive Thor 7 satellite will set sail for French Guiana next week, following the completion of its manufacture and testing at Space Systems/Loral (SSL). Designed and built for…