Vega Rocket set for Tuesday Night Liftoff with Satellites for Israel, France & Italy

Europe’s Vega rocket stands ready for a nighttime liftoff from the edge of the Amazon jungle Tuesday night carrying a pair of satellites built in Israel for operation by the Italian defence ministry and a French-Israeli cooperation.

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Russian-U.S.-Italian Crew Trio Arrives at ISS after Express Soyuz Rendezvous

A Russian Commander and Flight Engineers from the U.S. and Italy lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at sunset on Friday, riding a Soyuz FG rocket into orbit to embark on an express rendezvous with the International Space Station that took them to their orbital destination just over six hours after launch.

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Re-Entry: Long March 3B Rocket Body from Tiantong-1 Launch

A Long March 3B rocket stage re-entered the atmosphere on July 21, 2017 after close to a year in orbit, making a slow decay from a highly elliptical Geostationary Transfer Orbit. The Long March 3B rocket launched the Tiantong 1-1 mobile communications satellite operating in the S- and UHF communications bands, likely with military use.

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SpaceX cuts Plans for Powered Dragon Landings, places Focus on Commercial Crew

SpaceX decided against the company’s previous plan of having their next generation Dragon spacecraft return to Earth via a powered landing to bring back cargo and crews from the International Space Station, company chief Elon Musk said on Wednesday at the International Space Station Research and Development Conference in Washington.

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Multi-Payload Soyuz Launch Captured by Satellites in Orbit, Pad-Side Cameras

The liftoff of Russia’s iconic Soyuz booster last week with 73 satellites was captured in unique ways from the ground and far above with satellites from the U.S. and Russia pointed at the rocket’s remote launch site in Kazakhstan to capture views before, during and after liftoff.

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Sierra Nevada firms up Atlas V Missions for Dream Chaser Spacecraft, gears up for Flight Testing

Sierra Nevada Corporation has formally signed a launch contract with United Launch Alliance for two Dream Chaser missions to deliver supplies to the International Space Station under NASA’s second round of Commercial Resupply Services

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TDRS-M Launch Date in Question after potential Damage to Satellite

The launch date of NASA’s TDRS-M communications satellite was called into question on Friday when the 3,450-Kilogram satellite suffered possible damage to one of its critical antennas during final processing work in preparation for launch

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