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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Pair of Orbital Patrol Satellites ready for Launch atop Delta IV Rocket

Two satellites patrolling the Geostationary Satellite Belt are ready for launch atop a Delta IV rocket this Friday to join a similar satellite pair launched in 2014 as part of a “neighborhood watch” effort by the United States Air Force.

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Alternate Orbit-Raising Plan needed for stranded U.S. Navy Communications Satellite

The U.S. Navy’s MUOS 5 communications satellite – stuck about halfway to its intended Geostationary Orbit – encountered a failure within its main propulsion system, the Navy confirmed this week. Work is currently underway to evaluate alternate orbit-raising plans and possible impact’s on the satellite’s operational mission.

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Atlas V rolls out for Thursday Liftoff with classified Satellite Payload

A ULA Atlas V rocket rolled to its Cape Canaveral Launch pad on Tuesday to set up for a Thursday morning liftoff with the classified NROL-61 payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office responsible for the operation of all American spy satellites.

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MUOS 5 Military Communications Satellite hit by Onboard Anomaly, Orbit-Raising halted

The U.S. Navy’s newest communications satellite, launched from Cape Canaveral two weeks ago, was forced to stop its ascent into a Geosynchronous Orbit due to an on-board anomaly, the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command confirmed in a statement Friday.

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Satellite Trackers keep Tabs on Orbital Moves of NROL-37 Spy Satellite

A Dutch-Australian team of satellite trackers has kept tabs on a recently launched U.S. spy satellite as it completed its initial maneuvers in a high orbit around Earth to enter a checkout location for commissioning activities ahead of entering operational service, supplying the NSA and other intelligence agencies with eavesdropping data.

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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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Atlas V Powerhouse set for Liftoff Friday with heavy Navy Communications Satellite

After successfully launching a clandestine reconnaissance satellite atop the most powerful Delta IV rocket two weeks ago, United Launch Alliance rolled the most powerful Atlas V to its Cape Canaveral pad for liftoff on Friday with a heavy communications satellite for the U.S. Navy.

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