Proton thunders off on Overnight Mission, lifting Eutelsat 9B Data Highway Satellite to Orbit

A Russian Proton rocket raced into the night skies over the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Friday, embarking on a long overnight mission to deliver the Eutelsat 9B communications satellite to Geostationary Transfer Orbit.

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Intelsat 29e healthy in Orbit, ready to begin Apogee-Maneuvers

The Intelsat 29e satellite launched atop an Ariane 5 rocket on Wednesday received a smooth ride into Geostationary Transfer Orbit and finished its initial checkouts, now ready to begin the climb to Geostationary Orbit for a 15-year mission delivering high-capacity communications services to the Americas and the Trans-Atlantic flight route.

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Photos: Ariane 5 rumbles away from Jungle Launch Pad

Europe’s workhorse rocket conducted a rare single-payload launch on Wednesday, lifting the Intelsat 29e communications satellite to an optimized Geostationary Transfer Orbit to begin an “Epic” mission as part of Intelsat’s new and improved communications architecture.

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Photos: Blizzard 2016 Seen from the Space Station

The crew aboard the International Space Station captured a series of impressive photos showing the progression of a major snowstorm that impacted millions of Americans last weekend, providing a look at the huge blanket of snow and thick cloud cover over the East Coast.

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