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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Roscosmos Shares Photos of Secretive Proton Launch Campaign with 1st Blagovest Satellite

The Roscosmos State Corporation on Thursday shared photos of the Proton-M launch with the first Blagovest dual-use communications satellites that will fulfill military and civilian functions

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Proton Rocket set for Wednesday Liftoff with Secretive Communications Powerhouse

Russia’s Proton-M rocket is set for liftoff from the Baikonur Cosmodrome Wednesday night on a semi-secret mission with the first of four planned Blagovest satellites building a communications infrastructure “for Russian domestic use.”

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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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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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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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Launch Success – Russia’s Soyuz Delivers 73 Satellites in Complex Multi-Orbit Mission

Russia’s Soyuz rocket thundered into clear skies over the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Friday, embarking on an all-day ascent mission with an impressive stack of 73 payloads

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Video: Soyuz Rocket Blasts Off on Multi-Orbit Cluster Mission

A Russian Soyuz 2-1A / Fregat-M launch vehicle lifted off from Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan at 6:36:49 UTC on July 14, 2017 on a lengthy ascent mission with 73 satellites.

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Soyuz Rocket reaches Baikonur Launch Pad for Friday Liftoff with 73 Satellites

A Russian Soyuz 2-1A rocket stands tall atop its Baikonur launch pad after a Tuesday morning rollout to set the stage for liftoff at 6:36 UTC on Friday with a total of 73 satellites ranging from 600 to 1 Kilogram

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Photos & Video: Soyuz Rocket rolls to Baikonur Launch Pad for Liftoff with Kanopus et al.

A Russian Soyuz 2-1A rocket with Fregat-M upper stage rolled out to Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on July 11, 2017 in preparation for liftoff with a total of 73 satellites

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