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View over Launch Complex 17 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Photo: Wikimedia.

Orbital ATK Prepares to Launch ORS 5 Satellite for the US Air Force

Orbital ATK announced it is in final preparations to launch its Minotaur 4 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on Aug. 25 at approximately 11:15 p.m. EDT. The Minotaur 4 will carry the U.S. Air Force’s Operationally Responsive Space-5 (ORS 5) spacecraft, or SensorSat, which will monitor satellites and space debris to aid […]

By | August 25, 2017

A H-IIA rocket carrying the Michibiki 3 satellite lifts off from the launching pad at Tanegashima Space Center. Photo: Kyodo/via Reuters.

Japan Orbits Third Satellite for Regional Navigation System

The Japanese government successfully launched its third geo-positioning satellite Michibiki 3 on Saturday, according to Reuters. The launch, which took place at the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, follows a week-long delay due to a technical glitch. Manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric, the Michibiki 3 satellite flew atop an H-2A rocket. It is the third […]

By | August 21, 2017

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas 5 rocket launching NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)-M from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida August 18, 2017.

After Recovering from Damages, NASA’s Satellite Finally Launches

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas 5 rocket has successfully orbited NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)-M from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The TDRS-M launch was in jeopardy after one of the satellite’s antennas was damaged during final spacecraft closeout activities in July. The issue was resolved […]

By | August 18, 2017

The Proton rocket lifting off with the Blagovest №11 satellite on August 17, 2017. Photo: Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation

Proton M Rocket Launches Satellite for Russia’s Ministry of Defense

International Launch Services (ILS) announced the Proton Breeze M launch vehicle successfully orbited the Blagovest №11 satellite for the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. The Aug. 17 launch was the 100th heavy lift for Proton M, which has been in use since 2001, and the 414th launch in the Proton rocket since its […]

By | August 18, 2017

Cubesats being launched from the Kibo module of the International Space Station. Photo: Flickr, NASA Johnson.

Ghana Enters the Space Race with First Satellite On-Orbit

A great day for our friends in Ghana as the nation celebrates launching GhanaSat 1 — its first satellite — into orbit on a SpaceX rocket. While Ghana’s government didn’t officially support the mission (most of the support was provided from JAXA), the success of the mission could motivate other governments on the continent to […]

By | August 7, 2017

Rocket Crafters Inc. conducts a hot-fire test of its hybrid rocket engine. Photo: RCI.

Rocket Crafters Exec on the Advantages of Hybrid Rocket Engines

Rocket Crafters Inc. (RCI) has developed a new hybrid rocket engine that is both safer and less expensive than its liquid and solid chemical engine counterparts, according to the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sid Gutierrez. Following a research contract awarded in late July, RCI will build and test a new large-scale engine based on […]

By | August 4, 2017

Vector's test flight vehicle takes off from Spaceport Camden. Photo: Vector Space Systems.

Vector Launches First Ever Rocket from Spaceport Camden

Vector, a NewSpace microsatellite launch provider, conducted a successful suborbital flight of its B0.002 test vehicle, a full-scale prototype of the company’s Vector-R launch vehicle. The launch is the first out of Spaceport Camden in Georgia, which was originally used by NASA in the 1960s for ground-based static fire testing of large solid rocket motors. […]

By | August 4, 2017

Vega lifts off for its August 1 mission, Flight VV10. Photo: Arianespace.

Arianespace Lofts Two Satellites for Earth Observation

Arianespace has successfully launched two Earth Observation (EO) satellites for civil and military applications: Optsat 3000 for the Italian Ministry of Defense, and Venus, a joint mission between the Israel Space Agency (ISA) and the French space agency, the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES). The launch took place on Tuesday, August 1 from the Guiana […]

By | August 2, 2017

A Falcon 9 touches down after successfully launching the second set of Iridium Next satellites. Photo: SpaceX.

SpaceX to Boost 10 More Iridium Next Satellites in September

Iridium Communications announced that it has targeted the upcoming Iridium Next launch for Sept. 30 at 6:30 a.m. PDT from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. This launch will deliver another 10 Next satellites to orbit on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and will bring the total number of satellites deployed to 30. SpaceX’s targeted launch […]

By | July 28, 2017

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Elon Musk on the Future of the Launch Industry – From Our Archives

Elon Musk is determined to revolutionize the transportation industry with his ambitious Hyperloop concept, despite public criticism that the idea is unrealistic. He faced a similar challenge when he set out to revolutionize the launch industry with SpaceX. Here, we revisit our interview with Musk…

By | July 27, 2017

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