Russia’s Proton Returns to Flight after Year-Long Grounding, sends EchoStar-21 to Orbit

Russia’s Proton-M rocket soared into the skies over the remote Baikonur Cosmodrome again on Thursday, ending a year-long grounding with the launch of the EchoStar-21 mobile communications satellites – one of the vehicle’s heaviest Geotransfer payloads to date.

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Proton Rocket Returns to Baikonur Launch Pad for Long-Awaited Comeback Mission

Russia’s Proton rocket returned to its Baikonur launch pad for a long-awaited comeback mission, set to close a gap in Proton launch operations of a full year – the longest stand-down in the rocket’s five-decade service history.

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Soyuz Launch Failure remains Mysterious One Week after Loss of Progress MS-04 Mission

One week has passed since the failure of Russia’s Soyuz U Rocket transporting the Progress MS-04 cargo craft, but a clear version of what caused the the mishap two and a half-minutes prior to the vehicle’s planned arrival in orbit has yet to emerge.

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Fate of Russian Progress Cargo Ship unknown after suspected In-Flight Anomaly

The fate of Russia’s Progress MS-04 cargo spaceship is uncertain after an apparent in-flight anomaly occurred while the spacecraft was riding atop the third stage of its Soyuz U rocket following an on-time blastoff from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday.

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Soyuz Rocket rolls out at Sunrise for Thursday Liftoff with ISS Resupply Craft

A Russian Soyuz U rocket topped with a Progress cargo resupply craft was moved to its Launch Pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the early hours on Tuesday to enter final preparations for a Thursday liftoff on a two-day chase of the International Space Station to keep up a steady supply of cargo for the six crew members in orbit.

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Soyuz blasts off in freezing Temperatures, delivers International Crew Trio safely to Orbit

Three crew members from Russia, France, and the U.S. departed Earth Thursday night to head off on a half-year mission living and working aboard the International Space Station to participate in world-class science and outfitting of the Station for continued operations into the next decade.

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Photos: Soyuz lights up the Night

Temperatures were well below zero Celsius when Soyuz rumbled to life and lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 20:20 UTC on November 17, 2016, carrying into orbit a crew from Russia, France and the U.S. on a half-year mission living and working aboard the International Space Station.

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Video: Nighttime Soyuz Blastoff with three Expedition 50 Crew Members

Temperatures were well below zero Celsius when Soyuz rumbled to life and lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 20:20 UTC on November 17, 2016, carrying into orbit a crew from Russia, France and the U.S. on a half-year mission living and working aboard the International Space Station.

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Soyuz Rocket reaches Baikonur Launch Pad for Thursday Night Liftoff with next ISS Crew

Russia’s Soyuz rocket stood under a Supermoon Monday night after rolling out to its historic Baikonur Cosmodrome launch site early in the day to enter the final days of its countdown to launch a crew of three to the International Space Station later this week.

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