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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Atlas V successfully sends NASA’s OSIRIS-REx on a Mission to Touch an Asteroid

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Explorer took the first leap in a long journey through the solar system on Thursday, lifting off from Cape Canaveral atop an Atlas V rocket on a long-awaited mission to touch an asteroid to answer the long standing question on the origins life.

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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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Soyuz Touches down at Sunrise – ISS Crew Trio back on Earth after 172-Day Space Flight

Three International Space Station residents parachuted to a safe landing Wednesday in a picturesque morning scenery in the steppe of Kazakhstan where their Soyuz TMA-20M spacecraft touched down after a circling the Earth 2,752 times.

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Soyuz Crew en-route to blazing Re-Entry & early Morning Landing after on-time Departure of ISS

Three International Space Station crew members have begun their final laps around Earth, embarking on an overnight return aboard their Soyuz TMA-20M spacecraft after an eventful 172-day stay on the orbiting laboratory.

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Picking up the Pieces – SpaceX begins Investigation into Falcon 9 On-Pad Explosion

While teams are picking up the pieces left of the Falcon 9 rocket after its dramatic on-pad explosion on Thursday, a relentless effort has gotten underway at SpaceX to trace back the root cause of the mishap that claimed the loss of the AMOS-6 communications satellite.

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