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Japanese H-IIA launches with QZS-3


Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries launched an H-IIA rocket on Saturday (05:30 UTC), carrying the third spacecraft for the country’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System of GPS augmentation satellites. The H-IIA…

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ULA Atlas V launches TDRS-M out of Cape Canaveral


United Launch Alliance (ULA) has launched a new satellite for NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) on Friday, with an Atlas V carrying the TDRS-M satellite…

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New Horizons’ target a “science bonanza”, potential close or contact binary


In preparation for New Horizons’ flyby of its next Kuiper Belt target, 2014 MU69, the spacecraft’s team has conducted a series of ground, airborne, and space-based telescopic examinations…

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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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TDRS-M given priority over CRS-12 Dragon as launch dates realign


Launch delays are sometimes part of the equation in determining when specific missions launch in relation to each other.  Sometimes, those delays occur to missions for the same…

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TDRS-M launch date under review following pre-launch incident


NASA and Boeing are reviewing the status of the TDRS-M launch date following an incident relating to an antenna during the spacecraft’s final launch processing to launch. The spacecraft’s…

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Pioneer 10: first probe to leave the inner solar system & precursor to Juno


The first spacecraft to leave the inner solar system sailed into the asteroid belt 45 years ago today, 15 July 1972, on a mission that would mark many…

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Wallops launch sounding rocket to create light show


A Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket has provided people on the mid-Atlantic coast with a luminescent cloud light show. The launch came after several attempts were scrubbed due to cloud…

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PSLV rocket launches Cartosat 2E and 30 small sats


In the first of three launches scheduled worldwide Friday, ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle has conducted its fortieth launch, deploying a Cartosat-2 Earth imaging spacecraft and a host…

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ILS Proton-M makes long-awaited return with EchoStar XXI


International Launch Services (ILS) returned to action early on Thursday (local time) with the long-awaited launch of its Proton-M launch vehicle with the EchoStar XXI satellite. The Russian…

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GLSV Mark III rocket conducts ‘all-up’ launch with GSAT-19 satellite


India’s GSLV Mark III rocket successfully made its first all-up launch and first attempt to reach orbit Monday in a late afternoon liftoff from the Satish Dhawan Space…

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Rocket Lab’s Electron conducts inaugural flight from New Zealand


The U.S.-based Rocket Lab corporation has entered the commercial launch market with the maiden flight of its Electron rocket on Thursday morning (UTC).  The small-scale launcher will cater…

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Arianespace Soyuz ST-A launches with SES-15


The Arianespace Soyuz ST-A rocket was in action on Thursday, tasked with the lofting of the SES-15 satellite. The launch was only the second time this rocket has…

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Air Force’s X-37B lands at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility


After several false dawns, the US Air Force’s X-37B mini-spaceplane has landed at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for the first time. With local reports of a sonic…

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India’s GLSV rocket successfully launches GSAT-9


India launched its GSAT-9 communications satellite via a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) rocket Friday. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launch is aimed at supporting international partnerships…

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The Grand Finale: Cassini enters final mission


Nearly 20 years after launch and almost 13 years at the majestic ringed planet, the Cassini spacecraft is about to enter the final phase of its historic mission….

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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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Blue Origin working towards making the Cape its Orbital Launch Site


A newly acquired environmental impact report has provided fascinating insights into Blue Origin’s plans to become a major player on the Space Coast. With a massive facility under…

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Air Force reveals plan for up to 48 launches per year from Cape Canaveral


Following the successful launch of a Delta IV rocket with the WGS-9 satellite Saturday night, Brigadier General Wayne R. Monteith and Major General David D. Thompson of the…

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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…