Heavy Communications Satellite Duo Rides to Orbit on Europe’s Ariane 5 after three-week Delay

Riding on pillars of fire and smoke, Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket blasted into the sunset over French Guiana on Friday, heading off on its final Geotransfer mission of the year with a pair of particularly heavy satellites for operators Intelsat and B-SAT

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Ariane 5 Returns to French Guiana Launch Pad for Second Attempt with Intelsat 37e & BSat-4a

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket returned to its French Guiana Launch Pad for liftoff Friday night with a pair of communications satellites for Luxembourg’s Intelsat and Japanese operator B-SAT, coming back from an aborted ignition earlier this month

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Proton Rocket Targets Thursday Night Liftoff on next Commercial Satellite Delivery

Russia’s Proton-M standing tall atop its remote launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome for liftoff Thursday night on the rocket’s second commercial mission of the month, tasked with deploying the heavy AsiaSat 9 communications satellite to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit.

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Glonass Satellite Blasts Off on Soyuz to Replenish Russian Navigation Constellation

Russia’s trusted Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the early hours on Friday with a Glonass navigation satellite to replace a recently-failed member of the country’s Global Navigation Satellite System

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DELAY — Electronic Eavesdropping Satellite Stands Ready for Liftoff atop Atlas V Rocket

A powerful Atlas V rocket sporting four boosters will light up the night over California late on Thursday, aiming for liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 5:38 UTC on Friday with the classified NROL-42 satellite

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Cassini’s Swan Song – Flagship NASA Mission Ends after 20 Years

Cassini – NASA’s flagship planetary exploration mission for the last 20 years – found a fiery grave in Saturn’s dense atmosphere on Friday, ending a remarkable mission of discovery that will keep scientists busy for years to come to decipher the secrets Saturn and its enigmatic moons hold.

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Three Crewmen Arrive at International Space Station after Express Soyuz Rendezvous

Carrying a crew of three, a Russian Soyuz FG rocket lit up the skies over the Baikonur Cosmodrome Tuesday night as it embarked on a nine-minute climb to orbit in pursuit of the International Space Station to send the Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft on a fast-track rendezvous with the orbiting laboratory with the second half of the Expedition 53 crew.

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All-Night Proton Ascent Mission Successfully Delivers Amazonas 5 Communications Satellite

Russia’s Proton rocket thundered into the night skies over the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Monday, carrying the U.S.-built Amazonas 5 communications satellite set to deliver TV and Internet Services to South and Central America.

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Cape Canaveral Spaceport Braces for Major Hurricane Irma

One of the world’s prime space launch sites is bracing for its encounter with major Hurricane Irma – expected to move across Florida this weekend and bring with it extreme winds, torrential rain and dangerous storm surge.

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Fifth X-37B Mission Sent into Orbit by Falcon 9 Rocket, 1st Stage Lands at Cape Canaveral

A SpaceX Falcon 9 blasted into partly cloudy skies over Cape Canaveral on Thursday, carrying into orbit the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B winged space plane on a mostly classified mission to test out new technologies in space and perform a range of experiments out of public view as part of the program’s fifth flight to space.

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