Russia’s Proton Returns to Flight after Year-Long Grounding, sends EchoStar-21 to Orbit

Russia’s Proton-M rocket soared into the skies over the remote Baikonur Cosmodrome again on Thursday, ending a year-long grounding with the launch of the EchoStar-21 mobile communications satellites – one of the vehicle’s heaviest Geotransfer payloads to date.

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Proton Rocket Returns to Baikonur Launch Pad for Long-Awaited Comeback Mission

Russia’s Proton rocket returned to its Baikonur launch pad for a long-awaited comeback mission, set to close a gap in Proton launch operations of a full year – the longest stand-down in the rocket’s five-decade service history.

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India’s Most-Powerful Rocket Successfully Reaches Orbit

India took another major step in the country’s space program on Monday, successfully demonstrating an all-up orbital mission with their new Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III heavy-lifter that is envisioned to end Indian reliance on foreign launches vehicles.

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Record-Setting Ariane 5 Launch Delivers Pair of Landmark Communications Satellites to Orbit

Europe’s Ariane 5 workhorse lit up the night skies over the edge of the Amazon Thursday night, rumbling into orbit on a record-setting mission with a pair of high-powered broadband satellites for the United States and Europe

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Photos: Ariane 5 Rumbles into the Night with Heavy Satellite Duo

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket lifted off from the ELA-3 launch site at the Guiana Space Center at 23:45 UTC on Thursday, June 1, 2017 establishing a new record for the heaviest payload lifted into Geostationary Transfer Orbit by the workhorse launcher.

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Two Milestone Communications Satellites reach French Guiana Launch Pad atop Ariane 5 Rocket

Europe’s Ariane 5 workhorse reached its launch pad on the edge of the Amazon jungle on Wednesday in preparation for a Thursday night liftoff with a pair of milestone communications satellites from the United States and Europe.

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Arianespace-Operated Soyuz Rocket lifts Multi-Purpose Communications Satellite for SES

A highly sophisticated multi-use communications satellite relying on 3D printed parts and ion propulsion lifted off from French Guiana on Thursday atop a Russian-built Soyuz ST-A rocket, carrying out only its second Geostationary Transfer Mission from the French-operated space port on the edge of the Amazon jungle.

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Expendable Falcon 9 aces heaviest Geotransfer Mission to Date with Inmarsat 5-F4 Mobile Comms Satellite

A powerful satellite is on its way to join Inmarsat’s Global Xpress fleet to deliver seamless global Internet and data connectivity to airline passengers, maritime crew and government users after successfully launching atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Monday.

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