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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Gallery: Three ISS Residents Parachute to Sunrise Landing in Kazakhstan

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 circling the Earth 2,752 times.

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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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Photos: Soyuz Re-Entry Captured from International Space Station

The three crew members aboard the International Space Station caught a remarkable sight Tuesday night when they captured photos of the re-entry of their Expedition 48 crew mates who parachuted to a safe landing in Kazakhstan just after sunrise.

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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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Successful Homecoming for SpaceX Dragon after month-long ISS Mission

The SpaceX Dragon SpX-9 spacecraft departed the International Space Station on Friday and parachuted to a safe splashdown in the Pacific Ocean after dropping over two metric tons of cargo off at ISS and picking up over one ton of return items, eagerly awaited by scientists and engineers.

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ISS Robots position International Docking Adapter for Friday Installation Spacewalk

The International Space Station’s robotic duo was in action throughout Wednesday night and on Thursday to pre-position an critical docking adapter to be installed during a spacewalk on Friday to give ISS a new parking spot to be utilized by Commercial Crew vehicles to dock at the orbiting outpost.

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Commercial Crew Docking Adapter to be installed on ISS via complex Robotics & Spacewalk

A critical docking adapter installation is on tap aboard the International Space Station this week with ambitious task outline split between robotic work completed remotely from the ground and a spacewalk to be carried out on Friday by Station Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineer Kate Rubins.

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Cygnus Cargo Craft closes out successful Mission with heavily-studied Re-Entry

Orbital ATK’s Cygnus OA-6 spacecraft met its fiery end on Wednesday when re-entering over the Pacific Ocean to conclude a 91-day resupply mission to the International Space Station including a week-long free flight after undocking dedicated to the first large-scale combustion experiment conducted in space.

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