Russia’s 2nd Blagovest Military Communications Satellite Blasts off on First Proton of 2018

The thunder of Russia’s Proton rocket returned to the Baikonur Cosmodrome Wednesday night for the first time in seven months when the former workhorse of the Russian space program soared into the pre-dawn skies over the Kazakh launch site on a military mission.

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Classified Proton Launch with 2nd Blagovest Satellite Appears on Schedule for Wednesday

Out of public sight, a Proton-M rocket was rolled to its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome last weekend in preparation for liftoff as early as Wednesday with the second satellite in a dual-purpose civilian and military communications network

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Muscly Atlas V Rumbles off from Florida on Direct Geostationary Delivery with CBAS & EAGLE

The most powerful version of ULA’s Atlas V rocket – sporting five Solid Rocket Boosters for maximum thrust off the pad – soared into sunset on Saturday after blasting off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral with a pair of U.S. Air Force Satellites.

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Photos: Strongest Atlas V Rocket Races into Clear Afternoon Skies on U.S. Air Force Mission

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 23:13:00 UTC on April 14, 2018 with the Air Force Space Command 11 mission comprising the CBAS military communications satellite and EAGLE experimental platform.

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Videos: Atlas V / AFSPC-11 Launch

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 23:13:00 UTC on April 14, 2018 with the Air Force Space Command 11 mission comprising the CBAS military communications satellite and EAGLE experimental platform.

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Five-Booster Atlas V Rolls out for Direct-to-GEO Launch with CBAS & EAGLE

The most powerful version of ULA’s Atlas V rocket rolled to its Florida launch pad on Friday to set the stage for liftoff in the early evening on Saturday on a direct climb into Geostationary Orbit to dispatch a pair of payloads for the United States Air Force.

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Ariane 5 Blasts Off at Sunset on Heavy-Haul with Japanese & U.S.-Built Communications Satellite Pair

Loaded with a payload mass of over ten metric tons, Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket pierced into the twilight haze over French Guiana on Thursday on a flight to redeem itself after a nail-biting mission in January that saw the rocket take a wrong turn and lift its passengers into an erroneous orbit.

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Ariane 5 Ready for Comeback Mission with Communications Satellite Pair

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket stands ready for its comeback mission a little over two months after taking a wrong turn and leaving a pair of communications satellites in a seriously-deficient orbit.

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Rare Soyuz 2-1v Rocket Launch Lifts Clandestine EMKA “Experimental Small Satellite”

Russia conducted a secretive launch out of the country’s primary military spaceport on Thursday, involving what is officially only known as a Small Experimental Satellite going by the acronym EMKA and suspected to be a former remote-sensing satellite design turned into a black project by the Russian Ministry of Defence.

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China Progresses Toward Long March 5 Return to Flight via YF-77 Engine Testing

China has resumed testing of an upgraded version of the country’s most-powerful, full-cryogenic rocket engine as part of the return to flight effort for the Long March 5 heavy-lift rocket that encountered a failure last year due to a problem with one of two YF-77 engines installed on its core stage.

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Japan’s H-IIA Rocket Sends IGS Optical 6 Reconnaissance Satellite into Orbit

Blasting into clear skies over the Tanegashima Space Center, Japan’s H-IIA rocket embarked on a clandestine mission on Tuesday to launch the country’s next sharply-eyed optical reconnaissance satellite flying under the Information Gathering Satellite Program.

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Falcon 9 Launches PAZ Radar Satellite & SpaceX Starlink Prototypes, Debuts Fairing 2.0

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket provided a spectacular show to morning commuters across Southern California on Thursday after taking off from Vandenberg Air Force Base with Spain’s PAZ radar satellite and a pair of SpaceX prototype broadband satellites.

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