Second-To-Last Delta II Successfully Delivers JPSS-1 Weather Satellite to Orbit

The second-to-last Delta II rocket lit up the night over California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base in the early hours on Saturday, taking to the skies with the JPSS-1 Weather Satellite for NASA and NOAA, set to become America’s primary meteorological spacecraft in Polar Orbit.

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China’s Long March 4C Launches Fengyun-3D Weather Satellite & HEAD-1 Ship-Tracking MicroSat

China launched a Long March 4C rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center at 18:40 UTC on Tuesday, carrying into orbit the Fengyun-3D weather satellite, joining China’s polar-orbiting constellation of meteorological satellites

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Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser Aces Critical Approach-to-Landing Test on Second Try

Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser mastered a critical Approach-to-Landing Test this weekend at California’s Edwards Air Force Base, coming four years after a similar test ended up with the winged space plane somersaulting into the desert sand due to one of two main landing gear failing to deploy.

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Penultimate Delta II Rocket Stands Ready for JPSS-1 Weather Satellite Launch from California

The penultimate Delta II rocket stands ready for an early morning liftoff from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base on Tuesday with the first operational satellite of the Joint Polar Satellite System, the next generation of low-orbiting weather satellites operated by NASA and NOAA.

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Cygnus “S.S. Gene Cernan” En-Route to Space Station after Sunday Morning Commute to Orbit

An Antares rocket thundered off from Virginia’s Eastern Shore Sunday morning after a year-long break, carrying into orbit the eighth operational Cygnus cargo spacecraft headed to the International Space Station with over three metric tons of science gear, maintenance hardware and crew supplies.

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Antares Launch Scrubbed by Wayward Plane, Liftoff Re-Set for Sunday

The launch of Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket carrying the company’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft had to be scrubbed at the last minute on Saturday due to a rogue aircraft entering the closed airspace around NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

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Moroccan Image Reconnaissance Satellite Sent into Orbit by European Vega Rocket

A European Vega rocket lit up the night over the French Guiana coast line on Tuesday, blasting off with a high-resolution communications satellite built by a European industry consortium for operation by the Kingdom of Morocco as a sharp eye in the sky for civilian benefits like environmental monitoring and mapping while doubling as a national security tool in border and coastal surveillance.

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Long March 3B Rocket Lifts off with two Chinese Navigation Satellites

A Chinese Long March 3B rocket lifted off from the country’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center around 11:44 UTC on Sunday, embarking on a multi-hour climb into an orbit over 21,000 Kilometers in altitude to dispatch a pair of Beidou-3 navigation satellites to join China’s global navigation satellite system currently undergoing deployment.

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ISS Astronauts go 3-for-3 in Successful Spacewalks, Robotic Arm Restored to Full Functionality

A series of three Extravehicular Activities concluded on Friday with another very successful spacewalk outside the International Space Station that finished repairing the Station’s robotic arm for upcoming visiting vehicle captures and external maintenance operations.

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ISS Spacewalk Effort to Conclude with Friday EVA to Replace Cameras, Fuses; Prepare for Robotic Work

The Expedition 53 crew aboard the International Space Station is gearing up for the third and last in a series of spacewalks planned this month to complete repair work on the Space Station’s robotic arm and deal with broken cameras and other outfitting tasks on the exterior of the complex.

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Atlas V Blasts Off from Florida on Fifth Attempt, Classified NROL-52 Satellite Confirmed in Orbit

Lifting a classified satellite in the interests of U.S. National Security, ULA’s Atlas V rocket lit up the night skies over Florida’s Atlantic Coast on Sunday – finally getting off the ground on its fifth launch attempt.

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Soyuz Rocket Soars to Orbit with Progress Cargo Ship, set for Revised Two-Day Mission Profile

Coming back from a rare ignition abort two days ago, Russia’s Soyuz rocket shot into clear skies over the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Saturday with the Progress MS-07 cargo spacecraft headed to the International Space Station with fresh supplies for the six crew members in orbit.

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