SmallSat Operators receive U.S. Government Contracts

Three SmallSat operators in the United States have received contracts to deliver Earth Observation and meteorology data to the U.S. government, further cementing a trend of growing CubeSat and MicroSatellite use for operational applications in Low Earth Orbit.

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Atlas V Launch with WorldView-4 pushed to NET September 26 due to nearby Wildfire

After encountering a late launch scrub due to technical problems on Friday, the ULA Atlas V rocket will have to remain on the ground until at least Tuesday, September 20 because a wildfire near its California launch pad will require the focused attention of teams at the launch base.

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Vega Rocket completes Multi-Orbit Delivery with Google Satellites, Peruvian Earth Observer

Europe’s Vega rocket thundered into the night skies over the Guiana Space Center on Thursday to lift into orbit a high-resolution imaging satellite for operation by the government of Peru plus a group of four Earth observation satellites for Google company Terra Bella.

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Europe’s Vega Rocket cleared for Launch with Earth Imaging Satellites for Peru & Google

Europe’s Vega rocket has been cleared for a nighttime liftoff from the Guiana Space Center Thursday night, lifting into orbit the first high-resolution Earth-imaging satellite for Peru plus four small-sized Earth observation satellite operated by Google subsidiary Terra Bella.

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ULA sets up for rapid Order-to-Launch Campaigns to draw in new Customers

United Launch Alliance announced on Tuesday an initiative that could facilitate future launches on the company’s rockets within three months of an order being placed – the fastest Order-to-Launch Service in the industry, hoped to give the Colorado-based company an edge on the competitive launch market.

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ILS to expand Proton Rocket Family in Response to Changing Launch Market

International Launch Services and rocket-builder Khrunichev presented designs of modified versions of their Proton launch vehicle on Tuesday, designed to reduce the cost for launching medium- and light-class commercial communications satellites into Geostationary Transfer Orbit.

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Picking up the Pieces – SpaceX begins Investigation into Falcon 9 On-Pad Explosion

While teams are picking up the pieces left of the Falcon 9 rocket after its dramatic on-pad explosion on Thursday, a relentless effort has gotten underway at SpaceX to trace back the root cause of the mishap that claimed the loss of the AMOS-6 communications satellite.

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Dramatic Still Frames – Falcon 9 explodes atop Cape Canaveral Launch Pad

SpaceX suffered a major setback on Thursday when the company’s Falcon 9 rocket exploded atop its Cape Canaveral SLC-40 launch pad during the countdown to what was expected to be a routine Static Fire Test to clear the rocket for a Saturday morning liftoff with the Israeli AMOS-6 satellite.

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Photos: Nighttime Ariane 5 Liftoff with Intelsat Satellite Pair

Europe’s Ariane 5 thunders off from the Guiana Space Center in a post-sunset liftoff on Wednesday, successfully lifting a pair of satellites into orbit for telecommunications provider Intelsat, marking the first time two Intelsat birds were lifted by the same booster.

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