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Vega launches with Peru Sat-1 & SkySat 4, 5, 6, 7 payload


Arianespace were in action on Thursday, with the launch of a Vega rocket from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, carrying the Peru Sat-1 and SkySats…

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Ariane 5 sets new record via the lofting of Intelsat pair


Arianespace successfully launched its fourth Ariane 5 mission of the year with the deployment of two more telecommunication satellites from the European Spaceport in Kourou on Thursday. The…

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Rosetta and Philae officially say goodbye as mission draws to conclusion


The communication link between the Rosetta spacecraft and the Philae lander was turned off on Wednesday, marking a bittersweet milestone in the final days of the mission to…

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Arianespace aiming to compete via efficiency before reusability


Space industry stalwart Arianespace believes it will continue to compete in the global launch services market by focusing on innovation and efficiency with its upcoming Ariane 6 and…

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Ariane 5 launches Echostar 18 and BRIsat


Ariane 5 has returned to launch action for the third time this year with the lofting of the Echostar 18 and BRISAT satellites on Saturday. BRIsat is the…

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Soyuz TMA-19M landing marks Peake’s homecoming


Soyuz TMA-19M has successfully returned Expedition 47 Commander Tim Kopra, Flight Engineer Tim Peake and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko back to Earth on Saturday. The Russian spacecraft undocked…

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Soyuz ST-B launches Galileo towards FOC milestone


An Arianespace Soyuz ST-B has successfully launched another pair of Galileo satellites from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on Thursday. The launch of the FM10 and FM11…

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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…