Chinese Long March 3B Lifts AlcomSat-1 Dual-Purpose Communications Satellite for Algeria

China was in action again on Sunday, launching a Long March 3B rocket carrying the Chinese-built AlcomSat-1 communications satellite for operation by the Algerian Space Agency as a dual-purpose spacecraft for civilian and military communications.

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Cape Canaveral’s SLC-40 Re-Opens with Successful Falcon 9 Static Fire Test

Fifteen months after a Falcon 9 rocket went up in flames atop Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 40, the re-built facility supported its first Static Fire Test of a Falcon 9 rocket this week in preparation for SpaceX’s next resupply mission to the International Space Station set for liftoff as early as next Tuesday.

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Cygnus OA-8 Cargo Craft Departs ISS after Three-Week Stay for CubeSat Deployment & Re-Entry

After delivering over 3,200 Kilograms of cargo to the International Space Station, the Cygnus S.S. Gene Cernan departed the orbiting complex on Wednesday to close out a three-week stay and 24 hours of detailed radio interference testing to aid future crew vehicles arriving and departing the orbiting laboratory.

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Soyuz Returns to Flight with Lotos-S1 Electronic Intelligence Satellite

Coming on the heels of a failed launch from the Vostochny Cosmodrome earlier in the week, Russia successfully launched a Soyuz 2-1B rocket from the country’s prime military launch site at Plesetsk, placing the Lotos-S1 No. 803 electronic intelligence-gathering satellite

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Previously Undetected Software Bug Potential Cause for Soyuz/Fregat Failure

The failure of a Soyuz 2-1B/Fregat-M rocket launching the Meteor-M 2-1 weather satellite and 18 international secondary payloads was traced back to a software bug on the rocket’s Fregat upper stage brought on by the unique parameters for Soyuz launches out of the Far Eastern Vostochny Cosmodrome.

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Soyuz/Fregat Suffer First Russian Launch Failure of 2017 with Meteor Weather Satellite & MicroSats

Russia suffered its first launch failure of 2017 on Tuesday on the second Soyuz mission carried out from the new Vostochny Cosmodrome in the country’s far east, claiming the loss of the Meteor-M 2-1 weather satellite and an international assortment of small satellites.

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Second Yaogan-30 Reconnaissance Satellite Trio Blasts off on Chinese Long March 2C Rocket

China was in action for the second time this week on Friday with the launch of a trio of Yaogan-30 satellites atop a Long March 2C rocket to join a growing constellation of what are believed to be electronic intelligence-gathering satellites residing in non-synchronous Low Earth Orbits 600 Kilometers in altitude.

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Second-To-Last Delta II Successfully Delivers JPSS-1 Weather Satellite to Orbit

The second-to-last Delta II rocket lit up the night over California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base in the early hours on Saturday, taking to the skies with the JPSS-1 Weather Satellite for NASA and NOAA, set to become America’s primary meteorological spacecraft in Polar Orbit.

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China’s Long March 4C Launches Fengyun-3D Weather Satellite & HEAD-1 Ship-Tracking MicroSat

China launched a Long March 4C rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center at 18:40 UTC on Tuesday, carrying into orbit the Fengyun-3D weather satellite, joining China’s polar-orbiting constellation of meteorological satellites

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Cygnus Cargo Spacecraft Installed on ISS for Critical Supplies Delivery

The Cygnus S.S. Gene Cernan arrived at the International Space Station on Tuesday for a robotic capture and berthing to become a temporary part of the orbiting laboratory for the delivery of over three metric tons of supplies, maintenance gear and research.

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Nighttime Delta II Launch Attempt Halted by Technical Issue & Fouled Range

ULA’s Delta II rocket was forced to abandon a nighttime launch attempt from California in the early hours on Tuesday due to a technical issue with the rocket’s second stage engine actuator as well as a fouled range with boasts in the offshore hazard area where the vehicle’s ground-lit boosters were expected to impact.

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Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser Aces Critical Approach-to-Landing Test on Second Try

Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser mastered a critical Approach-to-Landing Test this weekend at California’s Edwards Air Force Base, coming four years after a similar test ended up with the winged space plane somersaulting into the desert sand due to one of two main landing gear failing to deploy.

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