NASA’s Newest Tracking & Data Relay Satellite Sails into Orbit aboard ULA Atlas V Rocket

The rumble of an Atlas V rocket returned to Cape Canaveral on Friday after a four-month gap when ULA’s workhorse rocket blasted off with a critical reinforcement for NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System, providing extension coverage to maintain the agency’s prime space communications program.

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TDRSS Reinforcement to Head into Orbit on Friday atop Atlas V Rocket

A reinforcement for NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System stands ready for liftoff atop an Atlas V rocket on Friday to join the critical communications system used by the agency to keep in contact with Astronauts aboard the International Space Station, beam down images from the Hubble Space Telescope and relay data to and from critical Earth-observation satellites

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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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2016 Space Launch Statistics

The year 2016 saw a total of 85 known orbital launch attempts operated by eight nations from space ports in

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Photos: All Orbital Launches of 2015

The year 2015 saw 87 orbital launch attempts from spaceports across the globe – 84 missions reached orbit in a year that saw 82 successful orbital launches. Here are photos of all of 2015’s space launches.

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2015 Space Launch Statistics

The year 2015 saw a total of 87 known orbital launch attempts operated by seven nations from space ports in eight countries.

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Photos: Cygnus blasts off atop Atlas V, setting sail for ISS

An Atlas V rocket blasts off from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral on December 6, 2015 on the launcher’s first mission in support of the International Space Station, lifting the Cygnus OA-4 resupply craft into orbit.

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Videos: Atlas V blasts off on first Space Station Mission

An Atlas V rocket blasts off from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral on December 6, 2015 on the launcher’s first mission in support of the International Space Station, lifting the Cygnus OA-4 resupply craft into orbit.

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Cygnus Resupply Mission to ISS begins with spectacular Sunset Launch of Atlas V

The Cygnus spacecraft is back in orbit for its return to flight mission to the International Space Station, coming back from last October’s Antares launch failure. Orbital ATK’s resupply spacecraft lifted off on Sunday atop an Atlas V rocket as the first in a pair of interim missions contracted to United Launch Alliance until the modified Antares rocket will be ready for flight using a new main engine system.

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Strong Winds keep Atlas V on the Ground, Cygnus Launch delayed to Saturday

The first mission of the Atlas V rocket to the International Space Station was kept on the ground by high winds on Friday, pushing the launch of the Cygnus OA-4 ISS resupply mission into the weekend.

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Florida Weather grounds Cygnus & Atlas V – Next Launch Attempt Friday

The return to flight of the Cygnus spacecraft and the very first mission of an Atlas V rocket in support of the International Space Station will have to wait at least one more day after bad weather kept the rocket on the ground on Thursday.

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Atlas V ready for first Space Station Launch Thursday, lifting Cygnus Resupply Craft

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket has been rolled to its launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in preparation for the rocket’s first mission in support of the International Space Station, launching the Cygnus OA-4 resupply mission.

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