SpaceX Falcon 9 fires up for Static Fire Test ahead of Expendable EchoStar-23 Launch

SpaceX completed a Static Fire Test with its Falcon 9 rocket on Thursday in advance of the company’s second launch from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A involving the EchoStar 23 communications satellite.

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Sentinel-2B enjoys smooth Orbital Delivery atop Vega Rocket to join Europe’s Copernicus Fleet

Vega – the smallest in Europe’s line of launch vehicle – lit up the night skies over the edge of the Amazon on Monday, thundering off to lift the newest member in the Copernicus constellation to orbit, taking the pulse of an ever-changing planet with a series of active observation posts circling the Earth.

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Sentinel-2B Earth-Observation Satellite ready for Nighttime Liftoff atop Vega Rocket

Europe’s Copernicus Earth Observation Constellation will welcome its newest member Monday night when the Sentinel-2B satellite blasts off from the Guiana Space Center atop a Vega Rocket, blazing into orbit to cut in half the revisit time for multispectral images.

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China progresses toward first Orbital Logistics Mission, Space Station Module finishes Assembly

China is progressing toward the country’s first logistics mission set for liftoff in April to demonstrate a critical component of the long-term operation of China’s Space Station CSS that is being readied to begin deployment in 2018

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Satellite Trackers spot NROL-79 in Classified Orbit, confirm Identity as NOSS Duo

Satellite trackers successfully pin-pointed the NROL-79 payload dispatched to orbit this week by an Atlas V rocket, confirming its identity as a pair of NOSS spacecraft tasked with tracking foreign ships and aircraft on a global scale, delivering critical information for general awareness and tactical military planning.

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Telecom Giant Intelsat announces Merger Agreement with Internet Startup OneWeb

Communications giant Intelsat and emerging satellite Internet company OneWeb announced a proposed merger on Tuesday that would bring together a fleet of high-capacity telecommunications satellite in Geostationary Orbit and a planned constellation of 900 low-orbiting broadband Internet satellites delivering global coverage.

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MDA Corporation announces Acquisition of Earth-Imaging Company DigitalGlobe

Canada’s MDA Corporation announced last week it will acquire Earth-Imaging Company DigitalGlobe including its commercial satellite fleet capable of delivering the highest resolution imagery available on the commercial market, bringing together leading optical and radar observation systems under one roof.

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NASA inks Agreement with Boeing for up to five Seats on Russian Soyuz Spacecraft

NASA quietly closed a deal with Boeing for up to five seats aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to expand the U.S. Crew Complement aboard the International Space Station and gain additional margin in the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.

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