Falcon 9 Dispatches 2nd Batch of Iridium Satellites, First Stage aces Landing in tough Weather

After successfully launching Bulgaria’s first telecommunications satellite on Friday with the added bonus of an ‘extra-toasty’ landing, a Falcon 9 took to the skies again on Sunday – blasting off from SpaceX’s West Coast launch site to send the second batch of Iridium-NEXT communications satellites on their way and returning the rocket’s first stage to the company’s second Drone Ship.

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Rarely-Used Soyuz 2-1v lifts off from Russia with Ultra-Secret Military Satellite

The rarely-flown single-stick version of Russia’s Soyuz rocket blasted off from the country’s Plesetsk Cosmodrome north of Moscow Friday evening on a highly classified mission for the Russian military with virtually no details known about the satellite it was carrying into orbit.

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India’s PSLV Soars to Orbit with 31 Satellites, performs In-Space Testing for Future Capabilities

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle lifted off from an island spaceport on the country’s east coast Friday morning, quickly climbing into clear skies before navigating around the Island of Sri Lanka in a pre-programmed maneuver and then heading south over the Indian Ocean to drop an international assortment of 31 satellites off in orbit

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Indian PSLV ready for Friday Morning Liftoff with CartoSat-2E & International Rideshare Passengers

India’s PSLV Rocket has entered countdown operations for liftoff from the Satish Dhawan Space Center on Friday with the CartoSat-2E Earth-Imaging Satellite and an international rideshare opportunity for thirty secondary payloads of various shapes and sizes in support of Earth observation, technology demonstration, communications and meteorology.

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Falcon 9 fires up on West Coast Launch Pad ahead of busy End-of-Week Push at SpaceX

Two SpaceX launch campaigns are in their final stages on both coasts of the United States with a flight-proven Falcon 9 in the process of meeting its Bulgarian satellite payload for a Geotransfer mission out of Florida and a brand new Falcon 9 firing up its engines at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Tuesday

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China’s Long March 3B Rocket fails to reach Orbital Destination with Zhongxing-9A Satellite

The launch of China’s Zhongxing-9A communications satellite atop a Long March 3B rocket did not reach its planned orbital destination on Sunday, Chinese state media confirmed after several hours of silence following the midnight hour liftoff from the Xichang launch base.

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Zhongxing-9A Comsat lifts off atop Chinese Long March 3B, Launch Outcome Unclear

China’s Long March 3B rocket lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 16:08 UTC on Sunday, thundering into the midnight hour with the Zhongxing-9A communications satellite headed to a highly elliptical transfer orbit.

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Flight-Proven Falcon 9 checks off Static Fire Test ahead of Monday Liftoff with BulgariaSat-1

SpaceX successfully test fired a previously used Falcon 9 rocket atop its Kennedy Space Center Launch Pad on Thursday in advance of liftoff on Monday with the first commercial Bulgarian communications satellite.

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Progress MS-06 Cargo Ship Dispatched on ISS Supply Run by Soyuz 2-1A Rocket

A Russian Soyuz 2-1A rocket arced into overcast skies over the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, embarking on a nine-minute climb into orbit with the Progress MS-06 cargo spacecraft headed to the International Space Station.

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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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