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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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Atlas V successfully launches with NROL-52


United Launch Alliance’s clandestine Atlas V launch in support of the US National Reconnaissance Office finally departed SLC-41 on Sunday, after previously failing to dodge bad weather and…

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Falcon 9 conducts second launch this week with SES-11 mission


SpaceX launched its third re-flown Falcon 9 rocket Wednesday, carrying the EchoStar-105/SES-11 communications satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit for SES and EchoStar. Liftoff, from Launch Complex 39A at…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launches third set of Iridium-NEXT satellites


A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base Monday, before succcessfully deploying the third batch of ten Iridium-NEXT communications satellites into low Earth orbit. Liftoff…

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SpaceX conducts static fire on Falcon 9 preparing for SES-11 flight


Following the cheers and gasps of Elon Musk’s latest BFR update in Australia, SpaceX is preparing to return to the bread and butter of its Falcon 9 manifest,…

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SpaceX realign near-term manifest ahead of double launch salvo


SpaceX is deep into pre-launch preparations for two upcoming missions that are set to lift off within a couple of days of each other. Both target launch dates…

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Atlas V launches NROL-42 spy satellite


United Launch Alliance (ULA) launched an Atlas V rocket on Saturday evening, carrying out the classified NROL-42 mission for the United States National Reconnaissance Office. Atlas – delayed…

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SpaceX launches first X-37B launch with a Falcon 9


SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket for the US military Thursday, carrying the X-37B spaceplane to orbit for its fifth mission. Liftoff for the OTV-5 mission occurred at…

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SpaceX in final preps for Falcon 9’s first mission with X-37B


SpaceX has conducted a Static Fire test on a Falcon 9 rocket Thursday, a key milestone ahead of the rocket’s first launch of a U.S. Air Force X-37B spaceplane…

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Mars spacecraft back on track to provide InSight into the Red Planet


NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission is back on track for a 2018 launch after the discovery of leaks in key instrumentation…

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Minotaur IV debuts from the Cape with ORS-5 launch


Orbital ATK’s Minotaur rocket made its first launch from Cape Canaveral Friday, delivering the experimental space surveillance ORS-5 satellite to orbit. The Minotaur IV vehicle lifted off deep…