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Jul 28 2017

Expedition 52-53 Launches To The International Space Station On Soyuz MS-05

The next crew to the International Space Station launched today on Soyuz MS-05. It was early morning here in the US but late evening at Baikonour; this created lighting conditions that allowed for some of the most beautiful Soyuz launch footage I have ever seen! It’s well worth checking the footage out since it so …

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Jul 16 2017

48 Years Ago: The Launch Of Apollo 11

July 16th, 1969, the day 48 years ago that a Saturn V rocket launched carrying Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin into Earth orbit, and then beyond it towards the first attempted landing on the Moon. That landing of course would be successful on July 20th, 1969. Give that it’s a Sunday and an …

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Jul 06 2017

SpaceX’s 3rd Launch In 12 Days, And The Heaviest Payload Yet: Intelsat 35e

I’m covering this one quickly, since I missed the launch live, but on Wednesday the 6th of July, SpaceX, after 2 previous failed attempts to launch, finally got Intelsat 35e off the ground and into one of the highest orbits possible for the booster with such a payload. This high initial orbit was to preserve …

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Jul 03 2017

Here’s Some Random Rocket Launches – Have A Great 4th Of July!

It’s the 4th of July tomorrow and, being quite honest, I had nothing quite planned to write today or tomorrow. However, to keep up with the spirit of Xadara, my love of space, and in a classic “Happy Birthday America” bit of patriotism, I’ve decided to just flood you with some random rocket launches in …

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Jun 09 2017

Proton-M Makes Its First Flight Of 2017 – EchoStar 21

Back on the 7th of June (the 8th of June in Russia) the legendary Proton-M rocket made its first launch of 2017. This powerful booster hasn’t been launched in just shy of a year thanks to some manufacturing issues which would have put a launch into jeopardy; it looks like those issues have been solved. …

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Jun 07 2017

GSLV MK3 – India’s Most Powerful Rocket Yet

On June 5th, 2017, The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched a payload on their most powerful rocket booster ever, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle MK3. As the name suggessts, this is a booster designed to launch satellites into Geosynchronous orbits (orbit’s that stay in position over a particular spot of the planet) or, …

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May 29 2017

The Bird Watchers – 1966 USAF Film On Rocket Photography

Getting back to the grind, we might as well start with this video, uploaded today , which is a digital conversion of a 1966 film about the process of filming and photographing rocket launches at Vandernberg Air Force Base. Launches from VAFB were more common than launches from the Eastern Test Range and Cape Canaveral …

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May 16 2017

SpaceX Launches Its Heaviest Payload Yet – Inmarsat-5

Yesterday evening SpaceX launched Inmarsat-5 F4, the heaviest payload yet flown on a Falcon 9. Inmarsat-5 is yet another communications satellite, this one intended to provide increased network connectivity over Europe (to put it extremely simply). The vehicle was a Falcon 9 full thrust, and due to the record weight of the payload (for Falcon …

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May 05 2017

Ariane 5 Launches Koreasat-7 and SGDC

Yesterday evening, from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana, an Ariane 5 rocket successfully launched 2 large communications satellites into orbit, one for Brazil and another for South Korea. Ariane 5 is the European Space Agencies heavy booster, using 2 solid rocket motors for the bulk of liftoff thrust, and a core engine burning Hydrogen …

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Apr 21 2017

Soyuz MS-04 Launch Replays

As I mentioned yesterday, here we have the launch replays of the Soyuz MS-04 Mission. The mission successfully docked to the ISS 6 hours after launch on April 20th, delivering its 2 person crew to the space station. Not much commentary for this one – It’s just some good views of a very nice Soyuz …

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