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Eastern Range ready to return with two key launches after stand down


With a busy year already in the books, the Eastern and Western Ranges in the United States are readying for the next salvo of missions from SpaceX and…

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Remembering Buran – The Shuttle’s Estranged Soviet Cousin


Under a veil of secrecy, the Soviet Space Shuttle “Buran” launched on her maiden mission 25 years ago. It was to be her only flight in space, with…

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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 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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SpaceX static fire Formosat-5 Falcon 9, aims for another ASDS landing


Gearing up for their second Vandenberg flight in as many months, SpaceX has static fired the Falcon 9 that will lift an extremely light-weight Taiwanese satellite to orbit…

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SpaceX improving launch cadence, testing new goals


Following the launch of the NROL-76 spacecraft on Monday – which also included a successful Second Stage extended coast test – SpaceX is already deep into preparations to…

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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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SpaceX Returns To Flight with Iridium NEXT launch – and landing


SpaceX returned its Falcon 9 rocket to flight Saturday with a mission that delivered ten Iridium NEXT communications satellites into low Earth orbit. Liftoff was on time at…

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ULA Delta IV launches with NROL-45


United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV rocket has launched with the NROL-45 payload for the US National Reconnaissance Office on Wednesday morning. Liftoff, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in…

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Orbital’s Cygnus preparing for the opening salvo to regain US independence


While Russian engineers continue to investigate the failure of their Progress M-12M, which crashed in Eastern Russia on Wednesday, half a world away Orbital welcomed their first pressurized…

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Long March 2C launches Yaogan Weixing-30-02 trio


Continuing its frenetic launch activity for the end of the year, China conducted another secretive launch from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan province. The Yaogan Weixing-30-02 mission…

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China returns to action with Long March 2C launch of Yaogan-30 01


After two launch mishaps that casted a shadow on the launch plans for 2017, China conducted a secretive launch from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan province on…

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Indian PSLV launch with IRNSS replacement satellite suffers apparent failure


ISRO launched a PSLV Thursday carrying a replacement satellite for the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) constellation. The IRNSS-1H satellite launched on schedule from the Second Launch…

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Soyuz 2-1A launches with Kanopus-V-IK and over 70 satellites


Russia conducted a complex mission Friday to deploy seventy-three satellites via a Soyuz-2-1a rocket with a Fregat upper stage. Following liftoff from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at…

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Atlas V conducts OA-7 Cygnus launch to the ISS


United Launch Alliance and Orbital ATK launched the OA-7 Cygnus mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday. Flying atop an Atlas V rocket, Cygnus departed the…

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Long March 3B launches experimental ChinaSat-16 satellite


The Chinese returned to launch action with the lofting of a new experimental communications satellite from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. The launch was conducted by the Long…

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ULA Delta IV successfully launches WGS-9


United Launch Alliance’s first Delta IV launch of 2017 carried a Wideband Global Satcom spacecraft (WGS-9) into orbit Saturday. The lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station…

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YIR IV: New Horizons returns all data of Pluto, a small world with big surprises


It was the dominant event in spaceflight last year: New Horizons’ rapid-paced, intense scientific investigation of the icy, dwarf planet Pluto – the mysterious little world that once…

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Long March 3B launches Fengyun-4A meteorological spacecraft


China launched the first of a new generation geosynchronous meteorological satellites on Saturday. The launch of Fengyun-4A satellite took place at 16:11 UTC using the Long March-3B/G2 (Y42)…

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Long March 3C launches fourth Tianlian-1 spacecraft


China orbited its fourth tracking and data relay satellite in the Tianlian-1 range known as ‘Sky Link’ on Tuesday. The launch took place at 15:24 UTC from the…