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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SpaceX shows off onboard Video of Rocket Landing, Thaicom 8 enters excellent Orbit

SpaceX again showcased the accuracy of the company’s Falcon 9 rocket in Friday’s successful launch of the Thaicom 8 satellite by dropping the payload off in a very precise transfer orbit and Falcon 9’s first stage sticking its ambitious landing near the center of the football-field sized Drone Ship.

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Sentinel-1B completes critical Deployments, VS14 Secondary Payloads tracked in Orbit

The Sentinel-1B satellite – set to complete the radar pair in the Copernicus satellite constellation – successfully spread its wings in orbit, deploying its solar arrays and 12-meter long radar antenna as part of its critical three-day Launch and Early Operations Phase.

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Soyuz proceeds with Express Rendezvous after achieving Precise Orbit

The Soyuz TMA-20M spacecraft and its three crew members successfully entered the fast lane to the International Space Station for an overnight rendezvous, being lifted into a very precise orbit by the Soyuz FG launch vehicle after its middle-of-the-night blastoff from Kazakhstan.

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Orbcomm G2 Satellites finish In-Orbit Checkouts, adjust Orbital Positions

The Sierra Nevada Corporation announced on Monday that all 11 Orbcomm Generation 2 satellites launched atop a Falcon 9 rocket in December have passed in-orbit checkouts and were handed over to Orbcomm for regular operation as part of the company’s Machine-to-Machine architecture.

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Space Station Orbit raised for next Crew Launch & Express Cargo Mission

The International Space Station conducted a reboost maneuver on Saturday to set up the orbital geometry required for the fast rendezvous of the Soyuz TMA-20M spacecraft carrying the next crew to the orbital outpost, followed by an express cargo flight by Progress MS-02 at the end of the month.

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Falcon 9 exceeds Expectations in high-energy Delivery of SES-9

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifting the SES-9 communications satellite to Supersynchronous Transfer Orbit on Friday exceeded expectations and delivered the heavy satellite to a higher orbit than anticipated which will be beneficial to the satellite when moving up to Geostationary Orbit.

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Glonass Navigation Constellation Replenishment Mission reaches target Orbit

Russia became the third country to send a navigation satellite into orbit this week when a Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome at 0:21 UTC on Sunday on a critical mission to replenish Russia’s Glonass Satellite Navigation Constellation.

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Intelsat 29e healthy in Orbit, ready to begin Apogee-Maneuvers

The Intelsat 29e satellite launched atop an Ariane 5 rocket on Wednesday received a smooth ride into Geostationary Transfer Orbit and finished its initial checkouts, now ready to begin the climb to Geostationary Orbit for a 15-year mission delivering high-capacity communications services to the Americas and the Trans-Atlantic flight route.

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