High Orbital Delivery of Galileo Satellite Quartet captured by Ground-Based Telescope

Unique photos captured last week’s Ariane 5 launch with a quadruplet of Galileo navigation satellites but observers also had eyes high in the sky to capture equally tantalizing views of the four satellites arriving at their orbit destination nearly 23,000 Kilometers above the Earth.

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Chinese Astronauts depart Tiangong-2 Space Lab for Return to Earth after record-breaking Flight

China’s record-setting astronauts are in the final stages of their homecoming, having departed the Tiangong-2 space laboratory on Thursday for a day-long free flight aboard the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft ahead of a blazing re-entry and parachute-assisted landing in a remote stretch of Inner Mongolia.

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U.S. Navy Satellite arrives in Geosynchronous Orbit after extended Maneuvering Campaign

The U.S. Navy’s MUOS 5 mobile communications satellite is closing in on its operational orbit after an extended orbit-raising campaign following a failure within the satellite’s main propulsion system that required an alternate orbit-raising scenario to be worked out for the $340 million satellite.

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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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