Chinese Long March 11 launches first Pulsar Navigation Satellite into Orbit

China’s Long March 11 rocket performed its second launch on Thursday morning from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center to lift a group of small satellites into orbit in support of a demonstration of pulsar navigation and Earth Observation.

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U.S. Navy Satellite arrives in Geosynchronous Orbit after extended Maneuvering Campaign

The U.S. Navy’s MUOS 5 mobile communications satellite is closing in on its operational orbit after an extended orbit-raising campaign following a failure within the satellite’s main propulsion system that required an alternate orbit-raising scenario to be worked out for the $340 million satellite.

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SmallSat Operators receive U.S. Government Contracts

Three SmallSat operators in the United States have received contracts to deliver Earth Observation and meteorology data to the U.S. government, further cementing a trend of growing CubeSat and MicroSatellite use for operational applications in Low Earth Orbit.

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ULA sets up for rapid Order-to-Launch Campaigns to draw in new Customers

United Launch Alliance announced on Tuesday an initiative that could facilitate future launches on the company’s rockets within three months of an order being placed – the fastest Order-to-Launch Service in the industry, hoped to give the Colorado-based company an edge on the competitive launch market.

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Photos: Nighttime Delta IV Liftoff with GSSAP Satellite Pair

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket blasts off from SLC-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in a midnight hour launch on Friday to embark on a long ascent mission to deliver a pair of satellites for the Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program directly into a drift orbit 36,000 Kilometers above Earth.

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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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