Successful Dragon Splashdown concludes tenth SpaceX Visit to ISS

SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft parachuted into the Pacific Ocean on Sunday, returning after a month-long mission to the International Space Station, delivering critical supplies to the orbiting outpost and picking up precious samples and science equipment eagerly awaited in laboratories across the United States

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Dragon departs Space Station after busy Cargo Mission, en-route to Splashdown Landing

SpaceX’s tenth operational Dragon cargo spacecraft departed the International Space Station on Sunday to embark on its homecoming that is expected to culminate in a parachute-assisted splashdown in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California, returning valuable samples and experiment hardware from the orbiting laboratory.

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Japan’s H-IIA successfully places Radar Reconnaissance Satellite in Orbit

Japan successfully launched a radar reconnaissance satellite into orbit on Friday to replenish the country’s fleet of intelligence-gathering satellites primarily dedicated to advance warning of hostile missile launches in Japan’s neighborhood.

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SpaceX Receives second GPS Navigation Satellite Launch Contract

The U.S. Air Force this week it had awarded SpaceX a launch contract for the third GPS III satellite with a targeted launch date in February 2019, marking SpaceX’s second competitively won GPS contract and ending a decade-long monopoly held by United Launch Alliance in the military launch business.

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Videos: Delta IV / WGS-9 Pre-Launch Processing

The ninth Wideband Global Satcom Satellite is encapsulated in its protective payload fairing and placed atop a Delta IV launch vehicle in preparation for a March 2017 liftoff to join the U.S. military’s worldwide high-capacity communications system keeping deployed troops connected.

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MLS selects Nova Scotia Launch Site for Commercial Operation of Cyclone 4M Rocket

Canadian-based Maritime Launch Services announced on Tuesday it has committed to establishing a launch site in Nova Scotia for Ukraine’s Cyclone-4M (Tsiklon-4M) rocket hoped to become a contender on the international launch market, primarily targeted for medium-class payloads headed to Sun Synchronous Orbit.

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Strong Winds keep Falcon 9 on the Ground

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket was forced to back out of its launch countdown on Tuesday inside T-1 hour to liftoff due to strong winds taking a hold of Cape Canaveral as the result of a low pressure area moving over Florida in the overnight hours and into the day’s launch window.

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