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Oct 14 2017

Progress MS-07 Launches Towards The International Space Station

A few days after a rather unique pad abort, the Progress MS-07 supply craft successfully launched today for it’s rendezvous and docking with the International Space Station. As mentioned, the vehicle was delayed in launching following the abort the other day. Incidentally, that launch was timed for a very fast (read, about 3 hours) rendezvous …

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Oct 12 2017

A SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches Echostar 105 / SES-11

A SpaceX Falcon 9 booster successfully launched from Launch Complex 39A yesterday (October 11th) carrying the Echostar 105 / SES-11 satellite. This is an interesting “Dual  Mission” type of satellite, carrying two independent communications relay systems dedicated to two separate tasks which both cover the same general range over the Earth. This launch was delayed …

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Oct 09 2017

A SpaceX Falcon 9 Successfully Launches A New Set of Iridium NEXT Satellites

Early this morning a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, carrying 10 new satellites for the Iridium NEXT communications network. They were released about an hour after launch once they were in their proper positions to function in the “constellation” of satellites that will make up the Iridium NEXT …

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Oct 04 2017

The Importance Of Sputnik

Earlier today I wrote my article on the 60th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik 1. I wasn’t quite happy with how it turned out, and thought more about it – what I really wanted to say with it. That’s when I realized it wasn’t the fact that it launched that I wanted to convey, …

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Sep 30 2017

Intelsat 37e And BSAT-4a Are Successfully Launched On An Ariane-5 Booster

Nearly a month after a launch abort on September 5th (caused by an electrical failure in a Solid Rocket Booster, which was discovered following main engine ignition) an Ariane-5 rocket carrying 2 American communication satellites lifted off from Kourou, French Guiana yesterday. Ariane-5 is the European Space Agencies heavy booster of choice, and although it …

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Sep 30 2017

A Proton-M Booster Successfully Launches AsiaSat-9

In the Early Morning Hours of September 29th Kazakhstan time, a Proton-M booster lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome carrying the AsiaSat-9 communications satellite, providing improvements to communications capabilities over East-Asia and the Pacific. Proton is an interesting booster – It’s a 3 or 4 stage brute of a rocket originally designed at its core as …

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Sep 05 2017

40 Years Ago: The Launch Of Voyager 1

40 years ago today, on September 5th, 1977, Voyager 1 was launched from Launch Complex 41 on the final Titan III-E booster to fly. Voyager 1 was launched after Voyager 2, on a trajectory which put it ahead in its encounters of Jupiter and Saturn. Voyager 1 would later begin flying up and away from …

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Aug 25 2017

Atlas V TDRS-M Rocket Cam Footage!

Now for something actually somewhat exciting to me, the onboard footage of the Atlas V TDRS-M launch from a few days ago. This is exactly what it sounds like, the view from the booster of the launch, including staging, ignition of the Centaur stage RL-10 engine, and the payload deployment. It’s straightforward, just the way …

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Aug 23 2017

TDRS-M Successfully Launches On An Atlas V

I’m almost a week late on this one, but it’s still worth covering: The third, and final of the 3 Third-Generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellites, known as TDRS, was successfully launched on Friday, August 18th, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 41. The TDRS satellite system is used for high-bandwith data and …

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Aug 17 2017

Voyager at 40: Keep Reaching for the Stars – NASA JPL Film

The Voyager space probes, the furthest man-made objects from Earth, were launched 40 years ago this upcoming week (in the case of Voyaged 2, launched August 20th 1977 – Voyager 1 was launched later,  in September of 77), and as such NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory are doing a bit of a celebration, to …

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