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Iridium NEXT-4 on track for December launch from Vandenberg


While SpaceX continues to investigate a payload fairing issue, the company’s only two confirmed December missions remain on track for their respective launches, including Iridium NEXT-4.  The Iridium…

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Orbital ATK Minotaur-C launches SkySat mission out of Vandenberg


Orbital ATK’s Taurus-XL rocket – now renamed Minotaur-C – returned to flight on Tuesday with a commercial mission deploying ten satellites for Planet Labs, six and a half…

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Iridium-4 switches to flight-proven Falcon 9, RTLS at Vandenberg delayed


Iridium Communications – in the midst of launching their next generation communications constellation – has formally signed an agreement with SpaceX to utilize flight-proven Falcon 9 boosters on…

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SpaceX adds mystery “Zuma” mission, Iridium-4 aims for Vandenberg landing


In what has already been a busy year for SpaceX, the commercial launch provider is adding one more mission to its jammed-packed end-of-year schedule.  A mysterious mission codenamed…

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SpaceX static fires Falcon 9 for Iridium 3, Vandenberg manifest realigns


SpaceX completed a Static Fire test at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Thursday.  The test, a pivotal pre-launch requirement of the fully integrated Falcon 9, comes close on…

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SpaceX tests Vandenberg Falcon 9 amid schedule realignment


SpaceX has static fired a Falcon 9 at the Vandenberg Air Force Base ahead of a mission to launch the next set of Iridium NEXT satellites. The test…

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Atlas V launches 70th mission with NROL-79 from Vandenberg


For its second launch of the year, the Atlas V rocket marked its 70th mission to space on Wednesday as the veteran rocket lofted the National Reconnaissance Office’s…

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Atlas V launches WorldView-4 out of Vandenberg


The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket – interrupted by a wildfire – finally conducted a rare commercial launch on Friday, tasked with orbiting the WorldView-4 Earth-imaging…

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Atlas V launches NROL-35 out of Vandenberg


United Launch Alliance has conducted its final launch of 2014, making use of a new upper stage engine on its Atlas V rocket to deliver a National Reconnaissance…

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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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Atlas V launches NROL-39 from Vandenberg


The United Launch Alliance (ULA) have launched their Atlas V rocket on the NROL-39 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office. Liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California…

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Atlas’ 600th Mission launches with DMSP F18 from Vandenberg


After nearly 52 years of venerable service to the United States and the world’s space endeavors, the veteran Atlas rocket vehicle has embarked on its 600th mission Sunday,…

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Flight proven Falcon 9 launches previously flown Dragon to ISS


SpaceX launched a flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket Friday, deploying a Dragon spacecraft on the CRS-13 resupply mission to the International Space Station. The launch was conducted at the…

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SLC-40 comes back to life with CRS-13 static fire campaign


Fifteen months after a static fire accident removed SLC-40 from operation, SpaceX is complete with the rebuild and reactivation of its Cape Canaveral Air Force Station pad.  The…

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Mars InSight mission passes TVAC testing ahead of 2018 launch


NASA’s “Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight)” mission has received another boost ahead of launch, as the spacecraft passed its Thermal vacuum (TVAC) milestone…

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Delta II launches on penultimate mission with JPSS-1


United Launch Alliance (ULA) launched – at the third attempt – the penultimate Delta II mission on Saturday, carrying the JPSS-1 weather satellite on its path to orbit…

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SpaceX stands down Falcon launch of clandestine Zuma satellite


Just one month after the mission became public – and just seven months after its needed launch date was communicated to SpaceX – the commercial space juggernaut will…

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SpaceX static fires Zuma Falcon 9; engine test anomaly no issue for manifest


SpaceX has conducted the important static fire of the Falcon 9 rocket that will be tasked with lofting the secretive Zuma payload to Low Earth Orbit next Wednesday….

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SpaceX aims for late-December launch of Falcon Heavy


A major question for SpaceX’s end of year manifest appears to be gaining some answers as the company aims to debut its Falcon Heavy rocket in the late-December…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launches Koreasat 5A


SpaceX has launched the Koreasat-5A communications satellite for South Korea’s KT SAT on Monday, with a Falcon 9 lifting off from the Kennedy Space Center to carry the…