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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Intelsat Pair lifted into Orbit in Record-Setting Ariane 5 Launch

Lighting up the night at the edge of the Amazon, Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket boosted a heavy pair of Intelsat communications satellites into orbit on Wednesday and in the process pushed its record for the heaviest payload delivered to Geostationary Transfer Orbit.

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Midnight Hour Blastoff for Delta IV Rocket with two Orbital Patrol Satellites

Thundering off from the United States Space Coast in a midnight hour launch on Friday, a ULA Delta IV embarked on a long mission to boost a pair of satellites into orbit for the Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program – a ‘neighborhood watch’ effort by the United States Air Force to keep tabs on potential threats to U.S. space assets.

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Falcon 9 Rocket lifts Japanese Communications Satellite, aces high-energy Ocean Landing

SpaceX earned double check marks Saturday night, successfully launching its Falcon 9 rocket to deliver the JCSat-16 communications satellite to a high-energy orbit and managing a perfect landing of the rocket’s first stage on the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship in the Atlantic Ocean to be ferried back to shore for continued re-use testing.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 lifts Dragon to Orbit, flies First Stage back to Florida for Powered Landing

It was a spectacle with two acts at Florida’s Space Coast Sunday night when SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lit up the night skies twice, first when thundering into orbit with the Dragon SpX-9 cargo ship and again when the rocket’s first stage fell back toward a powered landing on a flat pad south of the launch site.

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China conducts secretive launch of suspected Intelligence Satellite

Just four days after demonstrating great openness with live video of the inaugural launch of the Long March 7 rocket, China’s space program fell back into its secretive routine with the launch of a Long March 4B rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.

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Most Powerful Atlas V Rocket blasts off with heavy U.S. Military Communications Satellite

Riding on pillars of smoke and fire as it departed Florida’s Space Coast, the most powerful Atlas V streaked towards orbit on Friday to deliver the fifth and final satellite for the U.S. Navy’s Multi-User Objective System.

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International Assortment of Satellites lifted by Indian PSLV Rocket

India’s PSLV rocket roared into the skies of the country’s East Coast on Wednesday under the loud thunder of its large solid-fueled first stage and six boosters fitted to the vehicle for extra thrust to lift a payload consisting of 20 international satellites into orbit.

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Ariane 5 streaks into Orbit with heavy Communications Satellite Pair

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket jumped off its French Guiana Launch Pad on Saturday, under the loud-thunder of its cryogenic main engine and twin solid rocket boosters to lift a pair of U.S.-made communications satellites into orbit to deliver TV and banking services to America and Indonesia.

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Pair of Communication Satellites orbited by Falcon 9, First Stage Landing ends in Blaze of Fire

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocketed off from its Florida Space Coast Launch Pad on Wednesday, propelling a pair of stacked satellites into Geostationary Transfer Orbit and conducting another high-speed landing attempt of its first stage.

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Chinese Beidou Navigation Satellite takes Flight aboard Long March 3C Rocket

A Long March 3C rocket blasted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Sunday in support of China’s existing Navigation Satellite Program, replenishing the Beidou-2 constellation to continue services until the follow-on system comes on line before the end of the decade.

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Delta IV Powerhouse blasts off with Largest Spy Satellite in the World

America’s most powerful rocket blazed into the skies over Florida on Saturday, lifting the classified NROL-37 satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office to join a fleet of signals intelligence satellites eavesdropping on foreign territories.

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Russia’s Proton/Briz-M lifts off on All-Day Ascent Mission with Intelsat 31

Russia’s Proton-M heavy-lift workhorse arced into sunny skies over the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Thursday, starting an all-day ascent mission to deliver the Intelsat 31 satellite to a highly elliptical orbit around Earth.

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Soyuz Rocket blasts off with Glonass Navigation Satellite to replenish aging Constellation

Russia’s Soyuz workhorse rocket lifted off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome at 8:44 UTC on Sunday, embarking on a three-and-a-half-hour mission to a 19,100-Kilometer orbit around Earth to deliver a Glonass-M navigation satellite, replenishing the aging constellation as part of standard upkeep and maintenance.

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SpaceX Masters third Rocket Landing at Sea, delivers Thai Communications Satellite to Orbit

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Florida’s Space Coast Friday evening, dispatching a Thai broadcasting satellite into a highly elliptical orbit and nailing its second high-energy landing on the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship in the Atlantic Ocean, raising SpaceX’s inventory of returned boosters to four.

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Pre-Dawn Soyuz Launch successfully places Galileo Satellite Pair into Orbit

A Soyuz rocket raced into the early morning skies over French Guiana on Tuesday carrying a pair of Galileo satellites into orbit in the continuing deployment of Europe’s Galileo Satellite Navigation System that is set to begin initial services by the end of the year.

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