Experimental Launch of World’s Smallest Orbital Space Rocket ends in Failure

A beefed up sounding rocket aspiring to become the world’s smallest orbital launch vehicle raced into the morning skies over Southern Japan on Sunday to place a tiny satellite into orbit in a pathfinder mission for the development of a future small-satellite launch vehicle catered specifically to the deployment of NanoSatellites.

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Falcon 9 Returns to Flight with flawless Iridium Satellite Delivery & successful Booster Landing

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket made an impressive Return to Flight on Saturday, blasting off from California and earning double check-marks by achieving a flawless delivery of ten Iridium-NEXT communications satellites and successfully landing the rocket’s first stage at sea for the first time after a West Coast launch.

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Falcon 9 stands ready for Saturday Liftoff on critical Return to Flight with 10 Iridium Satellites

A SpaceX Falcon 9 is standing tall atop its West Coast launch pad in California, working towards a Saturday morning liftoff on its long-awaited Return to Flight mission following the September 1st testing accident and subsequent grounding of the rocket.

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Arianespace outlines busy Manifest for 2017, announces two new Launch Contracts

Arianespace plans to build on a successful year 2016 with a sustained launch pace in 2017, opening the year with two new launch contracts for television and broadband satellites to ride into orbit aboard the company’s Ariane 5 rocket in 2018 and 2019.

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China’s ‘Speedy Vessel’ races into Orbit on first Commercial Satellite Deployment

China’s Kuaizhou-1A “Speedy Vessel” conducted its first commercial launch on Monday, lifting off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert at 4:11 UTC with a high-resolution video satellite and a pair of small CubeSats as payloads.

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SpaceX receives FAA Launch License for upcoming Iridium Mission

The Federal Aviation Administration – the government body responsible for licensing all U.S.-operated space launches – granted a launch license to SpaceX covering upcoming missions from California, including next week’s Iridium-NEXT flight that will mark SpaceX’s return to flight mission after the dramatic September 1st explosion of a Falcon 9 rocket in Florida.

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket completes Static Fire Test ahead of critical Return to Flight Launch

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket fired up its nine first stage engines on Thursday in a critical Static Fire Test carried out at Vandenberg Air Force Base in preparation for the rocket’s Return to Flight mission planned for Monday – coming back from a four-month stand-down following the dramatic September 1st testing accident at Cape Canaveral.

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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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China’s Long March 2D Rocket runs into Trouble during SuperView Satellite Launch

China’s Long March 2D rocket lifted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center at 3:23 UTC on Wednesday, carrying into orbit the first two high-resolution Earth-imaging satellites in a new multi-sensor, commercial Earth Observation Constellation.

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Ariane 5 caps successful Year with Dual-Payload Delivery, lofting Satellites from Brazil & Japan

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket rumbled away from the edge of the Amazon on Wednesday, taking flight for the last time in 2016 for a dual-satellite delivery mission to Geostationary Transfer Orbit with the Star One D1 and JCSat-15 telecom satellites for Brazil and Japan.

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