Ariane 5 Targets Sunset Liftoff with Heavy Communications Satellite Duo

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket stands ready for a sunset liftoff from French Guiana on its fifth mission of the year, targeting a launch window of 21:51 to 22:24 UTC on Tuesday to send two heavy communications satellites into Geostationary Transfer Orbit for Luxembourg’s Intelsat and Japan’s B-SAT.

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Sunday Morning Soyuz Landing on Tap for U.S.-Russian Trio, Peggy Whitson to Return after 289 Days

A veteran Russian Cosmonaut and two NASA Astronauts will barrel through a blaze of fire Sunday morning aboard their Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft, aiming for a parachute-and-rocket-assisted landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan Sunday morning

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Falcon 9 Fires Up for Hold-Down Engine Test Ahead of X-37B OTV-5 Launch

Keeping up the pace, SpaceX checked off the Static Fire Test for the company’s 13th launch of the year, aiming for a September 7 liftoff from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center with the U.S. Air Force X-37B space plane heading off on its fifth mission.

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Two-Decade Success Streak Ends with PSLV Launch Failure on IRNSS-1H Mission

A streak of 36 successful launches over a period of 18 years ended on Thursday when India’s PSLV rocket suffered an in-flight failure that left its payload – a replacement satellite for the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System – in a lower- than-planned orbit and possibly trapped underneath the rocket’s payload fairing.

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More Trouble in GEO: Indonesia’s Telkom 1 Satellite Sheds Debris, Starts Drifting

More trouble appears to be brewing in Geostationary Orbit as reports emerged this week of a satellite breaking apart in prime orbital real estate – the second such incident in as many months, adding to an already significant population of debris and zombie satellites

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Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser Returns to Flight Testing with Successful Captive Carry Test

Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser took to the skies over California’s Edwards Air Force Base on Wednesday for the first captive carry flight in the craft’s current round of testing that will ultimately see the space plane fly freely for approach and landing tests as part of its flight qualification for NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 contracts.

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NASA’s TDRS-M Satellite Arrives in Geosynchronous Orbit, Completes Antenna & Array Deployment

NASA’s TDRS-M satellite this week reached its high-altitude perch in Geosynchronous Orbit and completed all major deployment events on its solar arrays and antennas in preparation for a multi-month commissioning phase before entering an active role within the agency’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System.

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India’s PSLV set for IRNSS Navigation Satellite Replacement Launch to Mitigate Clock Issues

The Indian Space Research Organization is counting down to the launch of a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle on Thursday with a revamped IRNSS navigation satellite set to provide critical replacement capacity to begin dealing with a systemic clock issue that is affecting India’s first IRNSS generation.

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Russian Inspector Satellite sets out on Orbital Endeavors with Fellow Kosmos Satellite

A previously unknown ‘Inspector Satellite’ separated from the Russian military-operated Kosmos-2519 satellite last week, the Russian Ministry of Defence confirmed on Wednesday and reported the small sub-satellite would be tasked with tasked with inspecting an unspecified Russian satellite via photo surveys.

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Minotaur IV Blasts into Orbit from Cape Canaveral with ORS-5 Space Situational Awareness Satellite

Orbital ATK’s Minotaur IV rocket shot up into the night skies over Florida’s Space Coast in the early hours on Saturday, carrying out its debut launch from Cape Canaveral to dispatch the ORS-5 Space Situational Awareness Satellite

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Minotaur IV Stands Ready to Fire Off from Cape Canaveral with ORS-5 Space Surveillance Satellite

Orbital ATK’s Minotaur rocket is set for its first launch from Cape Canaveral Friday night, tasked with carrying into orbit the ORS-5 mission for the U.S. Air Force comprising the SensorSat space surveillance spacecraft and three CubeSats riding shotgun with the primary payload.

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Falcon 9’s Light-Lift Mission Places Taiwan’s FormoSat-5 into Orbit, 1st Stage Recovered at Sea

A very lightly-loaded Falcon 9 departed its Pacific Coast launch pad on Thursday, carrying into orbit the FormoSat-5 Earth Observation Satellite for Taiwan’s National Space Organization – a contract left over from SpaceX’s Falcon 1 days that ended up creating the most colossal waste of rocket performance in recent history.

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