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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Sierra Nevada firms up Atlas V Missions for Dream Chaser Spacecraft, gears up for Flight Testing

Sierra Nevada Corporation has formally signed a launch contract with United Launch Alliance for two Dream Chaser missions to deliver supplies to the International Space Station under NASA’s second round of Commercial Resupply Services

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TDRS-M Launch Date in Question after potential Damage to Satellite

The launch date of NASA’s TDRS-M communications satellite was called into question on Friday when the 3,450-Kilogram satellite suffered possible damage to one of its critical antennas during final processing work in preparation for launch

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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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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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China’s Long March 5 Fails on Second Orbital Mission, innovative Shijian-18 Satellite lost

China’s heaviest rocket lifted off from a picturesque tropical launch site on Hainan Island at sunset on Sunday, rising into sunlight shortly after blastoff before disappearing in the night on its second orbital mission.

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China’s Long March 5 Heavy-Lift Rocket targets Sunday Liftoff with heaviest Geostationary Satellite

China’s Long March 5 – ranking among the most powerful rockets in the world – is standing ready atop its launch pad on Hainan Island for liftoff this weekend with one of the heaviest, if not the heaviest Geostationary Satellite

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Ariane 5 successfully lifts two Telecommunications Satellites for three Operators

Hauling two heavy satellites into orbit, Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket checked off its fourth successful flight of the year on Wednesday, the 80th success in a row for the workhorse launcher in a streak that has been going since 2002.

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Ariane 5 Rocket set for Heavy Haul with two Communications Satellites

Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket stands ready for liftoff from South America on Wednesday on another heavy haul into Geostationary Transfer Orbit with a pair of satellites for India and commercial operators Inmarsat and Hellas Sat.

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Falcon 9 Dispatches 2nd Batch of Iridium Satellites, First Stage aces Landing in tough Weather

After successfully launching Bulgaria’s first telecommunications satellite on Friday with the added bonus of an ‘extra-toasty’ landing, a Falcon 9 took to the skies again on Sunday – blasting off from SpaceX’s West Coast launch site to send the second batch of Iridium-NEXT communications satellites on their way and returning the rocket’s first stage to the company’s second Drone Ship.

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Rarely-Used Soyuz 2-1v lifts off from Russia with Ultra-Secret Military Satellite

The rarely-flown single-stick version of Russia’s Soyuz rocket blasted off from the country’s Plesetsk Cosmodrome north of Moscow Friday evening on a highly classified mission for the Russian military with virtually no details known about the satellite it was carrying into orbit.

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