Falcon 9’s Light-Lift Mission Places Taiwan’s FormoSat-5 into Orbit, 1st Stage Recovered at Sea

A very lightly-loaded Falcon 9 departed its Pacific Coast launch pad on Thursday, carrying into orbit the FormoSat-5 Earth Observation Satellite for Taiwan’s National Space Organization – a contract left over from SpaceX’s Falcon 1 days that ended up creating the most colossal waste of rocket performance in recent history.

Read more

H-IIA Rocket Deploys Japan’s Third Quasi-Zenith Navigation Augmentation Satellite

Japan’s H-IIA rocket soared to its fourth success of the year on Saturday, deploying the third satellite in the country’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System for navigation services augmentation in fast-paced effort to complete the four-satellite constellation

Read more

NASA’s Newest Tracking & Data Relay Satellite Sails into Orbit aboard ULA Atlas V Rocket

The rumble of an Atlas V rocket returned to Cape Canaveral on Friday after a four-month gap when ULA’s workhorse rocket blasted off with a critical reinforcement for NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System, providing extension coverage to maintain the agency’s prime space communications program.

Read more

Successful Monday Commute to Orbit for Dragon Cargo Craft, Falcon 9 aces another Landing

Mice, a supercomputer, small satellites and a new state-of-the-art particle detector roared into clear skies over Florida’s Space Coast on Monday aboard the twelfth regular Dragon cargo spacecraft launching atop SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.

Read more

Vega Rocket Successfully Lifts Israeli-Built Earth-Watching Satellites for Science & Reconnaissance

The tenth Vega rocket blasted off from French Guiana Tuesday night, lighting up the edge of the Amazon before swinging to the north to dispatch a pair of Israeli-built satellites into two different orbits via a complex multi-burn mission by the launcher’s upper stage.

Read more

Russian-U.S.-Italian Crew Trio Arrives at ISS after Express Soyuz Rendezvous

A Russian Commander and Flight Engineers from the U.S. and Italy lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at sunset on Friday, riding a Soyuz FG rocket into orbit to embark on an express rendezvous with the International Space Station that took them to their orbital destination just over six hours after launch.

Read more

Launch Success – Russia’s Soyuz Delivers 73 Satellites in Complex Multi-Orbit Mission

Russia’s Soyuz rocket thundered into clear skies over the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Friday, embarking on an all-day ascent mission with an impressive stack of 73 payloads

Read more

China’s Long March 5 Fails on Second Orbital Mission, innovative Shijian-18 Satellite lost

China’s heaviest rocket lifted off from a picturesque tropical launch site on Hainan Island at sunset on Sunday, rising into sunlight shortly after blastoff before disappearing in the night on its second orbital mission.

Read more

Ariane 5 successfully lifts two Telecommunications Satellites for three Operators

Hauling two heavy satellites into orbit, Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket checked off its fourth successful flight of the year on Wednesday, the 80th success in a row for the workhorse launcher in a streak that has been going since 2002.

Read more

Falcon 9 Dispatches 2nd Batch of Iridium Satellites, First Stage aces Landing in tough Weather

After successfully launching Bulgaria’s first telecommunications satellite on Friday with the added bonus of an ‘extra-toasty’ landing, a Falcon 9 took to the skies again on Sunday – blasting off from SpaceX’s West Coast launch site to send the second batch of Iridium-NEXT communications satellites on their way and returning the rocket’s first stage to the company’s second Drone Ship.

Read more

Rarely-Used Soyuz 2-1v lifts off from Russia with Ultra-Secret Military Satellite

The rarely-flown single-stick version of Russia’s Soyuz rocket blasted off from the country’s Plesetsk Cosmodrome north of Moscow Friday evening on a highly classified mission for the Russian military with virtually no details known about the satellite it was carrying into orbit.

Read more

India’s PSLV Soars to Orbit with 31 Satellites, performs In-Space Testing for Future Capabilities

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle lifted off from an island spaceport on the country’s east coast Friday morning, quickly climbing into clear skies before navigating around the Island of Sri Lanka in a pre-programmed maneuver and then heading south over the Indian Ocean to drop an international assortment of 31 satellites off in orbit

Read more

China’s Long March 3B Rocket fails to reach Orbital Destination with Zhongxing-9A Satellite

The launch of China’s Zhongxing-9A communications satellite atop a Long March 3B rocket did not reach its planned orbital destination on Sunday, Chinese state media confirmed after several hours of silence following the midnight hour liftoff from the Xichang launch base.

Read more
X