GSLV Rocket Soars to 5th Success in a Row with Upgraded Vikas Engine & new Shutdown Technique

India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle powered away from the country’s Eastern Shore on Thursday, successfully placing the GSAT-6A advanced S-Band communications satellite into orbit and introducing an upgraded engine as the first of a number of improvements coming up on India’s rockets in the coming years.

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Flight-Proven Falcon 9 Completes Static Fire Test for 5th Iridium-NEXT Mission

A previously-used Falcon 9 booster soared to life at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base for its Static Fire test ahead of lifting the fifth set of Iridium-NEXT communications satellites on Thursday, marking the start of a string of Falcon 9 missions lined up for March and April.

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Soyuz Rocket Fires into Orbit with Fourth Group of O3b Network Satellites

A Russian-built Soyuz rocket soared into the skies over the Guiana Space Center on Friday with the fourth set of O3b broadband satellites joining twelve constellation craft launched in recent years to connect those parts of the world where Internet access is not readily available through conventional means.

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Soyuz Rocket set for Friday Liftoff from French Guiana with Next Set of O3b Broadband Satellites

The first Soyuz launch from the Guiana Space Center in nearly ten months is on tap on Friday as a ‘Europeanized’ version of the Russian workhorse stands ready to soar into orbit with the fourth set of O3b broadband Internet satellites.

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Photos: Falcon 9 Races into the Night with heavy Hispasat Communications Satellite

SpaceX’s 50th Falcon 9 rocket raced into a clear night over Florida’s Cape Canaveral after a mid-night hour liftoff on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Lifting off from SLC-40 at 5:33:00 UTC, the Block 4 Falcon 9 successfully delivered the Hispasat 30W-6 communications satellite into a Geostationary Transfer Orbit

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Midnight-Hour Falcon 9 Launch Sends Hispasat 30W-6 to Orbit, Weather Prevents Stage 1 Recovery

SpaceX’s 50th Falcon 9 rocket lit up the sky over Florida’s Space Coast after a midnight-hour liftoff from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday, blasting into orbit on a heavy-loaded mission with the Hispasat 30W-6 multi-purpose communications satellite.

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Rough Seas Force SpaceX to Scrub Falcon 9 Recovery Attempt on Upcoming Hispasat Launch

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket earmarked for a sea-based recovery will be forced to launch in expendable mode from Florida’s Space Coast just after midnight on Tuesday as sea states in the Atlantic will not permit a safe landing of the rocket’s first stage atop SpaceX’s Drone Ship that is sitting the mission out in port after the planned landing was called off.

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China Progresses Toward Long March 5 Return to Flight via YF-77 Engine Testing

China has resumed testing of an upgraded version of the country’s most-powerful, full-cryogenic rocket engine as part of the return to flight effort for the Long March 5 heavy-lift rocket that encountered a failure last year due to a problem with one of two YF-77 engines installed on its core stage.

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