Electron’s “It’s a Test” successfully reaches Space, falls short of Orbit

Rocket Lab joined the ranks of only a few private companies capable of sending rockets into space, debuting their innovative Electron rocket on Thursday in a long-awaited shakedown mission. However, the rocket fell short of reaching orbit, Rocket Lab said after the test flight.

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Picking up the Pieces – SpaceX begins Investigation into Falcon 9 On-Pad Explosion

While teams are picking up the pieces left of the Falcon 9 rocket after its dramatic on-pad explosion on Thursday, a relentless effort has gotten underway at SpaceX to trace back the root cause of the mishap that claimed the loss of the AMOS-6 communications satellite.

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Dramatic Still Frames – Falcon 9 explodes atop Cape Canaveral Launch Pad

SpaceX suffered a major setback on Thursday when the company’s Falcon 9 rocket exploded atop its Cape Canaveral SLC-40 launch pad during the countdown to what was expected to be a routine Static Fire Test to clear the rocket for a Saturday morning liftoff with the Israeli AMOS-6 satellite.

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Coverage: Russian Submarine-Tracking Satellite heads for Destructive Re-Entry

The Russian Volga Upper Stage and Kanopus ST submarine-tracking satellite are rapidly approaching an untargeted destructive re-entry after completing a significant orbit-lowering maneuver in response to the failed separation of the satellite following its arrival in a 690-Kilometer orbit on Saturday.

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Debut Launch of Super Strypi Rocket fails during First Stage Flight

Conducting its premiere launch, a Super Strypi rocket streaked into the afternoon skies over the island of Kauai, Hawaii on Tuesday in a long-awaited demonstration mission. Shortly after the rocket’s liftoff its flight pattern became erratic as the spin-stabilized launch vehicle appeared to enter an uncontrollable swaying motion that increased in rate before video of the launch cut out.

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