Experimental Launch of World’s Smallest Orbital Space Rocket ends in Failure

A beefed up sounding rocket aspiring to become the world’s smallest orbital launch vehicle raced into the morning skies over Southern Japan on Sunday to place a tiny satellite into orbit in a pathfinder mission for the development of a future small-satellite launch vehicle catered specifically to the deployment of NanoSatellites.

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Falcon 9 Returns to Flight with flawless Iridium Satellite Delivery & successful Booster Landing

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket made an impressive Return to Flight on Saturday, blasting off from California and earning double check-marks by achieving a flawless delivery of ten Iridium-NEXT communications satellites and successfully landing the rocket’s first stage at sea for the first time after a West Coast launch.

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China’s ‘Speedy Vessel’ races into Orbit on first Commercial Satellite Deployment

China’s Kuaizhou-1A “Speedy Vessel” conducted its first commercial launch on Monday, lifting off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert at 4:11 UTC with a high-resolution video satellite and a pair of small CubeSats as payloads.

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2016 Space Launch Statistics

The year 2016 saw a total of 85 known orbital launch attempts operated by eight nations from space ports in

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China’s Long March 2D Rocket runs into Trouble during SuperView Satellite Launch

China’s Long March 2D rocket lifted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center at 3:23 UTC on Wednesday, carrying into orbit the first two high-resolution Earth-imaging satellites in a new multi-sensor, commercial Earth Observation Constellation.

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Ariane 5 caps successful Year with Dual-Payload Delivery, lofting Satellites from Brazil & Japan

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket rumbled away from the edge of the Amazon on Wednesday, taking flight for the last time in 2016 for a dual-satellite delivery mission to Geostationary Transfer Orbit with the Star One D1 and JCSat-15 telecom satellites for Brazil and Japan.

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Chinese Carbon Dioxide Hunter blasts off atop Long March Rocket

China’s first dedicated mission to monitor Carbon Dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere blasted off atop a Long March 2D rocket on Wednesday, embarking on a three-year mission designed to inform Chinese policy makers in the continued effort to reduce emission of the greenhouse gas

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Japanese Radiation Belt Probe sent into high-energy Orbit by improved Epsilon Rocket

Japan’s Enhanced Epsilon rocket thundered into the night skies over Kyushu Island on Tuesday, embarking on its debut mission to deliver the ERG Radiation Belt research spacecraft into a high-energy orbit around Earth to penetrate the Van Allen Belts for a detailed study of particle-wave interactions in Earth’s powerful magnetic field.

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Atlas V Powerhouse closes 2016 with high-energy Orbital Delivery of EchoStar 19

ULA’s mighty Atlas V rocket thundered off from Cape Canaveral Sunday afternoon, lifting into orbit the world’s most powerful broadband satellite to deliver services to over one million homes and businesses across the United States.

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NASA Hurricane Science Satellites sent into Orbit by Air-Launched Pegasus Rocket

Eight miniature hurricane research satellites soared into orbit on Thursday atop a Pegasus XL rocket dropped from a modified Jumbo Jet over the Atlantic Ocean, beginning a mission to peer into the most dynamic regions of the world’s cyclones to improve storm forecasting.

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Delta IV soars into the Night, lifts most powerful WGS Military Communications Satellite to Orbit

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Rocket made an impressive night launch from Cape Canaveral on Wednesday, lighting up the dark skies over Florida’s Space Coast as it thundered uphill to lift the most powerful U.S. military communications satellite to orbit.

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India’s PSLV closes Record-Setting 2016 with successful ResourceSat-2A Launch

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center on Wednesday, embarking on its year-closing mission to deliver the ResourceSat-2A environmental-monitoring satellite to orbit and close out another record setting year for India’s space program.

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