Operations Resume at Europe’s Guiana Space Center after Month-Long Stand Still

The Guiana Space Center returned to operations on Monday after protests and a general strike brought French Guiana to a halt for over a month, interrupting work a the European-run spaceport and as a result delaying three missions out of the equatorial launch base.

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Sentinel-2B enjoys smooth Orbital Delivery atop Vega Rocket to join Europe’s Copernicus Fleet

Vega – the smallest in Europe’s line of launch vehicle – lit up the night skies over the edge of the Amazon on Monday, thundering off to lift the newest member in the Copernicus constellation to orbit, taking the pulse of an ever-changing planet with a series of active observation posts circling the Earth.

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Impressive Photos of Vega’s Nighttime Blastoff from South America

Europe’s Vega rocket blasted off from the ZLV launch site at the Guiana Space Center at 1:49 UTC on March 7, 2017, racing into the night skies over the space base to lift the Sentinel-2B satellite into orbit for the European Copernicus Program tasked with the collection of complete, timely and accurate Earth observation parameters.

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Video: Vega’s Nighttime Blastoff with Sentinel-2B Earth Observer

Vega – the smallest in Europe’s line of launch vehicles – lit up the night skies over the edge of the Amazon on Monday, thundering off to lift the newest member in the Copernicus constellation to orbit, taking the pulse of an ever-changing planet with a series of active observation posts circling the Earth.

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Sentinel-2B Earth-Observation Satellite ready for Nighttime Liftoff atop Vega Rocket

Europe’s Copernicus Earth Observation Constellation will welcome its newest member Monday night when the Sentinel-2B satellite blasts off from the Guiana Space Center atop a Vega Rocket, blazing into orbit to cut in half the revisit time for multispectral images.

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2016 Space Launch Statistics

The year 2016 saw a total of 85 known orbital launch attempts operated by eight nations from space ports in

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Photos: Vega Rocket blasts off from French Guiana with Turkish Imaging Satellite

Europe’s Vega rocket blasts off from the Guiana Space Center on its year-closing mission, thundering into mostly clear skies with the Göktürk-1A imaging satellite that will give the Turkish Ministry of Defence its sharpest eye in the sky for the collection of reconnaissance and Earth observation imagery.

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Video: Vega Rocket lifts off with Göktürk-1A Imaging Satellite

Europe’s Vega rocket blasts off from the Guiana Space Center on its year-closing mission, thundering into mostly clear skies with the Göktürk-1A imaging satellite that will give the Turkish Ministry of Defence its sharpest eye in the sky for the collection of reconnaissance and Earth observation imagery.

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Video: Vega Rocket thunders into the Night with five Earth-Imaging Satellites

Europe’s Vega rocket thundered into the night skies over the Guiana Space Center on Thursday to lift into orbit a high-resolution imaging satellite for operation by the government of Peru plus a group of four Earth observation satellites for Google company Terra Bella.

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Vega Rocket completes Multi-Orbit Delivery with Google Satellites, Peruvian Earth Observer

Europe’s Vega rocket thundered into the night skies over the Guiana Space Center on Thursday to lift into orbit a high-resolution imaging satellite for operation by the government of Peru plus a group of four Earth observation satellites for Google company Terra Bella.

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Europe’s Vega Rocket cleared for Launch with Earth Imaging Satellites for Peru & Google

Europe’s Vega rocket has been cleared for a nighttime liftoff from the Guiana Space Center Thursday night, lifting into orbit the first high-resolution Earth-imaging satellite for Peru plus four small-sized Earth observation satellite operated by Google subsidiary Terra Bella.

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Photos: All Orbital Launches of 2015

The year 2015 saw 87 orbital launch attempts from spaceports across the globe – 84 missions reached orbit in a year that saw 82 successful orbital launches. Here are photos of all of 2015’s space launches.

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2015 Space Launch Statistics

The year 2015 saw a total of 87 known orbital launch attempts operated by seven nations from space ports in eight countries.

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LISA Pathfinder launched into correct Orbit, set to begin Earth-Departure Maneuvers

ESA’s LISA Pathfinder was provided with an on-target orbital delivery by its Vega launch vehicle, enabling the craft to depart Low Earth Orbit in the coming days in order to begin its departure of Earth to head towards the L1 Earth-Sun Lagrange Point where the spacecraft is expected to arrive in late January.

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Photos: Vega Lights Up the Night over the Amazon, launching LISA Pathfinder

A Vega rocket blasts off from the Guiana Space Center on December 3, 2015, carrying ESA’s LISA Pathfinder into orbit for a demonstration mission that will proof the technologies for the detection of gravitational waves hypothesized by Einstein 100 years ago.

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