Falcon 9 Fires Up for Hold-Down Engine Test Ahead of X-37B OTV-5 Launch

Keeping up the pace, SpaceX checked off the Static Fire Test for the company’s 13th launch of the year, aiming for a September 7 liftoff from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center with the U.S. Air Force X-37B space plane heading off on its fifth mission.

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Minotaur IV Blasts into Orbit from Cape Canaveral with ORS-5 Space Situational Awareness Satellite

Orbital ATK’s Minotaur IV rocket shot up into the night skies over Florida’s Space Coast in the early hours on Saturday, carrying out its debut launch from Cape Canaveral to dispatch the ORS-5 Space Situational Awareness Satellite

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Photos: First Minotaur Launch from Florida

An Orbital ATK Minotaur IV rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 46, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 6:04 UTC on Saturday, August 26, 2017, carrying into orbit the ORS-5 mission for the U.S. Air Force.

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Minotaur IV Stands Ready to Fire Off from Cape Canaveral with ORS-5 Space Surveillance Satellite

Orbital ATK’s Minotaur rocket is set for its first launch from Cape Canaveral Friday night, tasked with carrying into orbit the ORS-5 mission for the U.S. Air Force comprising the SensorSat space surveillance spacecraft and three CubeSats riding shotgun with the primary payload.

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NASA’s Newest Tracking & Data Relay Satellite Sails into Orbit aboard ULA Atlas V Rocket

The rumble of an Atlas V rocket returned to Cape Canaveral on Friday after a four-month gap when ULA’s workhorse rocket blasted off with a critical reinforcement for NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System, providing extension coverage to maintain the agency’s prime space communications program.

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TDRSS Reinforcement to Head into Orbit on Friday atop Atlas V Rocket

A reinforcement for NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System stands ready for liftoff atop an Atlas V rocket on Friday to join the critical communications system used by the agency to keep in contact with Astronauts aboard the International Space Station, beam down images from the Hubble Space Telescope and relay data to and from critical Earth-observation satellites

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Successful Monday Commute to Orbit for Dragon Cargo Craft, Falcon 9 aces another Landing

Mice, a supercomputer, small satellites and a new state-of-the-art particle detector roared into clear skies over Florida’s Space Coast on Monday aboard the twelfth regular Dragon cargo spacecraft launching atop SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.

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Falcon 9 Checks Off Static Fire Test for Next Dragon Launch to Deliver Cargo to ISS

SpaceX checked off a Static Fire Test on the Falcon 9 slated for launch on Monday with the Dragon SpX-12 cargo vehicle to the International Space Station to deliver science cargo and provisions for the Station’s six-person crew plus a state-of-the-art particle detector to measure ultra-high energy particles from the distant universe

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SpaceX cuts Plans for Powered Dragon Landings, places Focus on Commercial Crew

SpaceX decided against the company’s previous plan of having their next generation Dragon spacecraft return to Earth via a powered landing to bring back cargo and crews from the International Space Station, company chief Elon Musk said on Wednesday at the International Space Station Research and Development Conference in Washington.

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