SpaceX Falcon 9 fires up for Static Fire Test ahead of Expendable EchoStar-23 Launch

SpaceX completed a Static Fire Test with its Falcon 9 rocket on Thursday in advance of the company’s second launch from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A involving the EchoStar 23 communications satellite.

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Telecom Giant Intelsat announces Merger Agreement with Internet Startup OneWeb

Communications giant Intelsat and emerging satellite Internet company OneWeb announced a proposed merger on Tuesday that would bring together a fleet of high-capacity telecommunications satellite in Geostationary Orbit and a planned constellation of 900 low-orbiting broadband Internet satellites delivering global coverage.

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Ariane 5 thunders into the Sunset with Communications Satellites for Brazil & Indonesia

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket leapt of its launch pad on the edge of the Amazon jungle at sunset on Tuesday, flying into the dark of night to lift a pair of commercial communications satellites into orbit for operators in Latin America and Indonesia.

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Soyuz aces first Geostationary Mission from French Guiana with new all-European SmallGEO Satellite

A Russian Soyuz rocket lit up the night over the edge of the Amazon Friday night, embarking on its first-every Geostationary Transfer Orbit mission out of French Guiana, requiring the maximum possible performance out of the Soyuz ST-B rocket and Fregat-MT upper stage.

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Photos: Soyuz blasts off on rare Geostationary Mission

A Russian Soyuz rocket lit up the night over the edge of the Amazon on Friday, embarking on its first-ever Geostationary Transfer Orbit mission out of French Guiana, requiring the maximum possible performance of the Soyuz ST-B rocket and Fregat-MT upper stage.

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Soyuz Rocket Counts Down to first Geostationary Launch from French Guiana with new SmallGEO Sat

A Russian-built Soyuz rocket is counting down to liftoff from its equatorial launch pad at the Guiana Space Center Friday night on the rocket’s first-ever Geostationary Transfer Orbit mission from French Guiana.

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Japanese H-IIA Rocket Launches DSN-2 Military Communications Satellite

Japan’s H-IIA rocket lifted off from the picturesque Tanegashima Space Center on Tuesday, successfully carrying the DSN-2 military communications satellite into orbit to upgrade the secure X-Band communications system used by the government and armed forces.

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China’s Quantum Communications Trailblazer declared Operational after Stellar Performance

China’s Quantum Science Satellite was declared operational this week after five months of in-orbit testing, now set for a busy two-year mission demonstrating hack-proof communications by means of entangled photons as a trailblazer for what is widely considered the communications technology of the future.

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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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