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Chinese Long March 4B launches Gaofen-2 and BRITE-PL-2


China’s return to launch action continued with the Tuesday launch of a new high-resolution observation satellite. The Gaofen-2 (GF-2) was launched at 03:15 UTC by a Long March-4B…

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ULA Atlas V launches WorldView-3 satellite out of Vandenberg


United Launch Alliance (ULA) conducted a commercial Atlas V launch on Wednesday on behalf of Lockheed Martin, orbiting DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 imaging satellite. The launch, which marked the first…

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Rosetta completes amazing journey to Comet 67P


The European Space Agency (ESA) spacecraft Rosetta – and her robotic lander companion Philae – have completed an amazing 10 year journey to arrive in orbit around Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Rosetta…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 launches ASIASAT-8 satellite


Making their fourth orbital launch of the year, the SpaceX team have conducted another Falcon 9 mission on Tuesday, deploying China’s AsiaSat-8 satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit. The…

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ULA Atlas V successfully launches GPS IIF-7 satellite


The third GPS launch of 2014 took place on Friday evening, with the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V lofting the GPS IIF-7 satellite into space. Liftoff from…

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ULA Delta IV successfully launches AFSPC-4 mission


United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV rocket has successfully deployed a pair of space surveillance satellites and a technology demonstrator for the US Air Force on Monday. With the…

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SpaceX Roadmap building on its rocket business revolution


Following the recent success of the Falcon 9 launch with six ORBCOMM spacecraft, SpaceX is in the midst of speedy turnaround of its Cape Canaveral launch site, ahead…

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TechDemoSat-1 celebrates ride uphill with a selfie


One of two UK satellites that rode to space on a Russian Soyuz 2-1B rocket earlier this month – the innovative TechDemoSat-1 – has passed its Launch and Early…

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 finally launches Orbcomm OG2 mission


SpaceX made a fourth – and successful – attempt to launch its Falcon 9 v1.1 – tasked with orbiting six OG2 satellites for Orbcomm’s second generation constellation –…

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Arianespace Soyuz ST-B successfully launches four O3b satellites


An Arianespace Soyuz ST-B successfully lofted four O3b satellites from the Kourou Spaceport in French Guiana on Thursday – following launch at 18:55 GMT. This mission was part…

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ULA Delta II successfully lofts OCO-2 to orbit


NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory completed its ride to orbit on Wednesday morning, launched atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, following a 24 hour scrub turnaround. Liftoff…

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NASA and ESA’s Cassini spacecraft marks 10 years at Saturn


Ten years ago today (Monday, June 30), NASA made history as the Cassini spacecraft became the first human-made satellite of Saturn – beginning an orbital tenure that has…

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India’s PSLV successfully lofts SPOT 7 and companions


India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle has successfully deployed the French SPOT-7 imaging satellite on Monday. Liftoff from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre was on schedule at 09:52 local…

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LDSD passes primary technology test but suffers chute failure


NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project finally begun its mission to test a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped landing technology test vehicle into near-space from the US Navy’s Pacific Missile Range…

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Curiosity marks completion of first Martian year of operations


Tuesday marks a milestone anniversary for NASA’s Curiosity rover – one full Martian year on the surface of the red planet. In the span of just 687 short…

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Hubble recruited to find New Horizons probe post-Pluto target


Two NASA spacecraft are to join forces in finding a new deep space target ripe for investigation by the New Horizons spacecraft. The venerable Hubble Space Telescope (HST)…

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InSight into NASA’s next Mars lander


This past week, NASA announced the approval of construction of the Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) Mars lander. Set to launch in 2016, InSight…

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Japanese HII-A successfully launches ALOS-2 mission


Japan conducted its second launch of the year on Saturday, with an H-IIA rocket orbiting the second Advanced Land Observation Satellite, Daichi-2 – better known as ALOS-2. Liftoff…

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ULA’s Atlas V launches with the NROL-33 military spacecraft


A National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) military payload rode into orbit atop the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket on Thursday. Liftoff of the NROL-33 mission from Cape…

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SpaceX targets June 11 for Falcon 9 ORBCOMM OG2 mission


SpaceX has realigned its next Falcon 9 v1.1 launch to NET (No Earlier Than) June 11. The rocket, tasked with lofting six ORBCOMM satellites into orbit, was scheduled…