Photos: Atlas V Lights Up the Night Over Florida’s Space Coast, lifting GOES-R Weather Sat

Riding on pillars of smoke and flames, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral to lift into orbit the GOES-R next-generation weather satellite that will revolutionize the collection of meteorological data over the Western hemisphere.

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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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SpaceX Falcon 9 Booster Landing on Ocean-going Drone Ship fails in rough Sea Conditions

SpaceX was not able to achieve the company’s next milestone on Sunday when their Falcon 9 first stage booster came in hot and made a hard landing in the latest attempt to fly the rocket to the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship located in the Pacific Ocean.

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Video: Falcon 9 Launch with U.S.-European Oceanography Satellite

Making its second launch from the West Coast, a SpaceX Falcon 9 lifted off from SLC-4E on Sunday, successfully delivering the Jason-3 satellite to orbit after a 56-minute ascent mission to begin a mission dedicated to the continuation of a two-decade record of Ocean Altimetry, tracking currents and winds across the world’s oceans.

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