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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India’s GSLV Rocket aims for third consecutive Success, lifting INSAT Weather Satellite on Thursday

The Indian Space Research Organization is counting down to the launch of its Geosynchronous Satellite Launch vehicle on Thursday, carrying the INSAT-3DR weather satellite into orbit to reinforce India’s weather forecasting capabilities.

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ILS secures first Angara Launch Contract, Next Commercial Proton Mission slips to October

While Proton launches remain on hold after a second stage anomaly on the rocket’s most recent launch, International Launch Services announced the company has secured the first commercial launch contract for the new Angara 1.2 launch vehicle.

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International Assortment of Satellites lifted by Indian PSLV Rocket

India’s PSLV rocket roared into the skies of the country’s East Coast on Wednesday under the loud thunder of its large solid-fueled first stage and six boosters fitted to the vehicle for extra thrust to lift a payload consisting of 20 international satellites into orbit.

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Sentinel-1B completes critical Deployments, VS14 Secondary Payloads tracked in Orbit

The Sentinel-1B satellite – set to complete the radar pair in the Copernicus satellite constellation – successfully spread its wings in orbit, deploying its solar arrays and 12-meter long radar antenna as part of its critical three-day Launch and Early Operations Phase.

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Photos: Soyuz blasts off from French Guiana with Sentinel-1B Radar Satellite

Finally lifting off on its fourth launch attempt, a Russian-built Soyuz rocket successfully carried Europe’s Sentinel-1B satellite into orbit on Monday ahead of a four-hour secondary mission to deliver the French MicroSCOPE satellite and three University CubeSats.

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