World’s most-flown Rocket sails into Retirement after Four-Decade Career

Soyuz U – the world’s most-flown and longest-serving rocket – made its final blastoff from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Wednesday, capping a 44-year career by lifting the Progress MS-05 cargo spacecraft into orbit on a resupply mission to the International Space Station.

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India’s PSLV Rocket races into Orbit with 104 Satellites – a new World Record

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle set a new world record on Wednesday, lifting 104 satellites in one go and eclipsing the previous best mark of 37 satellites launched by a single launch vehicle set two years ago by a Russian-Ukrainian Dnepr rocket.

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Ariane 5 thunders into the Sunset with Communications Satellites for Brazil & Indonesia

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket leapt of its launch pad on the edge of the Amazon jungle at sunset on Tuesday, flying into the dark of night to lift a pair of commercial communications satellites into orbit for operators in Latin America and Indonesia.

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Soyuz aces first Geostationary Mission from French Guiana with new all-European SmallGEO Satellite

A Russian Soyuz rocket lit up the night over the edge of the Amazon Friday night, embarking on its first-every Geostationary Transfer Orbit mission out of French Guiana, requiring the maximum possible performance out of the Soyuz ST-B rocket and Fregat-MT upper stage.

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Atlas V lifts Crucial Missile Warning Satellite to Orbit in Successful Year-Opening Launch

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket thundered off from Cape Canaveral Friday night, carrying into orbit a crucial missile warning satellite for the U.S. defense forces to keep watch over potentially dangerous missile launches affecting the U.S. homeland and forces stationed abroad.

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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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