Electron’s “It’s a Test” successfully reaches Space, falls short of Orbit

Rocket Lab joined the ranks of only a few private companies capable of sending rockets into space, debuting their innovative Electron rocket on Thursday in a long-awaited shakedown mission. However, the rocket fell short of reaching orbit, Rocket Lab said after the test flight.

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Arianespace-Operated Soyuz Rocket lifts Multi-Purpose Communications Satellite for SES

A highly sophisticated multi-use communications satellite relying on 3D printed parts and ion propulsion lifted off from French Guiana on Thursday atop a Russian-built Soyuz ST-A rocket, carrying out only its second Geostationary Transfer Mission from the French-operated space port on the edge of the Amazon jungle.

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Expendable Falcon 9 aces heaviest Geotransfer Mission to Date with Inmarsat 5-F4 Mobile Comms Satellite

A powerful satellite is on its way to join Inmarsat’s Global Xpress fleet to deliver seamless global Internet and data connectivity to airline passengers, maritime crew and government users after successfully launching atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Monday.

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India’s ‘Gift to Neighbors’ Roars to Orbit atop GSLV Rocket in Unusually Secretive Launch

India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle blasted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center on Friday on a mission to deliver the GSAT-9 satellite to orbit to eventually deliver TV and navigation augmentation services to India and other South Asian countries.

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Twilight Ariane 5 Launch with Dual-Satellite Payload marks Resumption of Missions from French Guiana

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket thundered into the afternoon skies over the Guiana Space Center on Thursday, embarking on a heavy-lift mission to haul a pair of communications satellites into orbit for Brazil and South Korea.

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Falcon 9 Soars to Orbit with Secret Government Satellite, 1st Stage Lands at Cape Canaveral

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket thundered away from Florida’s Space Coast on Monday on its first top-secret satellite delivery for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office, operator of the country’s spy satellite fleet.

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China’s ‘Heavenly Vessel’ Sails into Orbit atop Long March 7 Rocket on Space Logistics Demonstration

China’s aspirations of establishing a permanent outpost in orbit around Earth reached new heights on Thursday with the successful launch of the country’s first Tianzhou cargo spacecraft – embarking on a five-month shakedown mission to demonstrate China can keep its future modular space station stocked up on supplies and fuel.

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S.S. John Glenn Cargo Spacecraft races into Orbit atop Atlas V Rocket

A critical science-enabling cargo delivery to the International Space Station was successfully sent on its way on Tuesday when a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket rumbled away from Florida’s Cape Canaveral to place the Cygnus cargo spacecraft into orbit.

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China’s Long March 3B Lofts Shijian-13 Satellite to Test High-Throughput Communications & Ion Drive

China’s Long March 3B rocket blasted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Wednesday, lofting into orbit the country’s first high-throughput communications satellite that is set for an experimental mission to test out electric propulsion and laser communications.

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First Falcon 9 Re-Flight Achieves Successful Launch, Landing & Payload Fairing Recovery

With a feat 15 years in the making, SpaceX cemented its position as a trailblazer in commercial spaceflight on Thursday, launching a rocket with a previously flown first stage to lift the company’s re-use aspirations to a new level by sending a booster on its second trip into space and back.

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Japan’s H-IIA successfully places Radar Reconnaissance Satellite in Orbit

Japan successfully launched a radar reconnaissance satellite into orbit on Friday to replenish the country’s fleet of intelligence-gathering satellites primarily dedicated to advance warning of hostile missile launches in Japan’s neighborhood.

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Sentinel-2B enjoys smooth Orbital Delivery atop Vega Rocket to join Europe’s Copernicus Fleet

Vega – the smallest in Europe’s line of launch vehicle – lit up the night skies over the edge of the Amazon on Monday, thundering off to lift the newest member in the Copernicus constellation to orbit, taking the pulse of an ever-changing planet with a series of active observation posts circling the Earth.

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