Falcon 9’s Light-Lift Mission Places Taiwan’s FormoSat-5 into Orbit, 1st Stage Recovered at Sea

A very lightly-loaded Falcon 9 departed its Pacific Coast launch pad on Thursday, carrying into orbit the FormoSat-5 Earth Observation Satellite for Taiwan’s National Space Organization – a contract left over from SpaceX’s Falcon 1 days that ended up creating the most colossal waste of rocket performance in recent history.

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Video: Falcon 9 Launches FormoSat-5 & 1st Stage Lands on Pacific Drone Ship

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Space Launch Complex 4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base at 18:51 UTC on August 24, 2017 on a long-delayed mission with the FormoSat-5 Earth Observation Satellite for Taiwan’s National Space Organization.

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Vega Rocket Successfully Lifts Israeli-Built Earth-Watching Satellites for Science & Reconnaissance

The tenth Vega rocket blasted off from French Guiana Tuesday night, lighting up the edge of the Amazon before swinging to the north to dispatch a pair of Israeli-built satellites into two different orbits via a complex multi-burn mission by the launcher’s upper stage.

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Video: Vega ups to 10/10 with successful Nighttime Launch from French Guiana

Europe’s Vega rocket lifted off from the ZLV Launch Site at the Guiana Space Center at 1:58:33 UTC on August 2, 2017 – heading off on a multi-orbit mission with a pair of Israeli-built satellites.

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Vega Rocket set for Tuesday Night Liftoff with Satellites for Israel, France & Italy

Europe’s Vega rocket stands ready for a nighttime liftoff from the edge of the Amazon jungle Tuesday night carrying a pair of satellites built in Israel for operation by the Italian defence ministry and a French-Israeli cooperation.

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Multi-Payload Soyuz Launch Captured by Satellites in Orbit, Pad-Side Cameras

The liftoff of Russia’s iconic Soyuz booster last week with 73 satellites was captured in unique ways from the ground and far above with satellites from the U.S. and Russia pointed at the rocket’s remote launch site in Kazakhstan to capture views before, during and after liftoff.

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Launch Success – Russia’s Soyuz Delivers 73 Satellites in Complex Multi-Orbit Mission

Russia’s Soyuz rocket thundered into clear skies over the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Friday, embarking on an all-day ascent mission with an impressive stack of 73 payloads

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Video: Soyuz Rocket Blasts Off on Multi-Orbit Cluster Mission

A Russian Soyuz 2-1A / Fregat-M launch vehicle lifted off from Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan at 6:36:49 UTC on July 14, 2017 on a lengthy ascent mission with 73 satellites.

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Soyuz Rocket reaches Baikonur Launch Pad for Friday Liftoff with 73 Satellites

A Russian Soyuz 2-1A rocket stands tall atop its Baikonur launch pad after a Tuesday morning rollout to set the stage for liftoff at 6:36 UTC on Friday with a total of 73 satellites ranging from 600 to 1 Kilogram

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Photos & Video: Soyuz Rocket rolls to Baikonur Launch Pad for Liftoff with Kanopus et al.

A Russian Soyuz 2-1A rocket with Fregat-M upper stage rolled out to Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on July 11, 2017 in preparation for liftoff with a total of 73 satellites

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India’s PSLV Soars to Orbit with 31 Satellites, performs In-Space Testing for Future Capabilities

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle lifted off from an island spaceport on the country’s east coast Friday morning, quickly climbing into clear skies before navigating around the Island of Sri Lanka in a pre-programmed maneuver and then heading south over the Indian Ocean to drop an international assortment of 31 satellites off in orbit

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