NASA Awards Launch Contracts for Sentinel-6A & Landsat 9 to SpaceX & ULA

NASA announced a pair of new launch contracts this week for the Landsat 9 mission and the joint U.S.-European Sentinel-6A satellite, set to launch in 2020/21 atop Atlas V and Falcon 9 rockets, respectively.

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Sentinel-5P Atmospheric Monitoring Satellite Rides into Orbit atop Converted Ballistic Missile

A Russian ICBM-turned-space-launch-vehicle lifted off from a remote Cosmodrome north of Moscow on Friday, boosting into orbit a satellite joining the world’s largest environmental monitoring constellation.

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Vega Rocket Successfully Lifts Israeli-Built Earth-Watching Satellites for Science & Reconnaissance

The tenth Vega rocket blasted off from French Guiana Tuesday night, lighting up the edge of the Amazon before swinging to the north to dispatch a pair of Israeli-built satellites into two different orbits via a complex multi-burn mission by the launcher’s upper stage.

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Video: Vega ups to 10/10 with successful Nighttime Launch from French Guiana

Europe’s Vega rocket lifted off from the ZLV Launch Site at the Guiana Space Center at 1:58:33 UTC on August 2, 2017 – heading off on a multi-orbit mission with a pair of Israeli-built satellites.

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Vega Rocket set for Tuesday Night Liftoff with Satellites for Israel, France & Italy

Europe’s Vega rocket stands ready for a nighttime liftoff from the edge of the Amazon jungle Tuesday night carrying a pair of satellites built in Israel for operation by the Italian defence ministry and a French-Israeli cooperation.

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Russian-U.S.-Italian Crew Trio Arrives at ISS after Express Soyuz Rendezvous

A Russian Commander and Flight Engineers from the U.S. and Italy lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at sunset on Friday, riding a Soyuz FG rocket into orbit to embark on an express rendezvous with the International Space Station that took them to their orbital destination just over six hours after launch.

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Late Afternoon Soyuz Landing Caps Successful Homecoming of Space Station Crew Duo

It was a warm summertime evening in the Kazakh steppe on Friday when a Soyuz Capsule carrying two ISS crew members from France and Russia parachuted to a safe landing one hour before sunset, closing out a half-year space mission that circled the Earth 3,136 times and covered over 130 million Kilometers.

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Weak Simulations, Inadequate Software & Mismanagement caused Schiaparelli Crash Landing

The European Space Agency concluded its inquiry into the crash landing of the experimental Schiaparelli Mars Lander last October, citing a lack of understanding and modeling of parachute dynamics experienced at high speed, insufficient failure identification and recovery options in the craft’s software and mismanagement of subcontractors & hardware acceptance as contributing factors for the botched landing sequence.

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