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Arianespace Soyuz-Fregat Delivers European Radar-Imaging Satellite Into Orbit

The Soyuz-Fregat vehicle launches the Sentinel-1A radar-imaging satellite at 6:02 p.m. GFT (5:02 p.m. EDT) Thursday, 3 April. Photo Credit: Arianespace

Arianespace—the Paris, France-headquartered launch services organization, which operates Ariane, Vega, and Soyuz vehicles from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana—has successfully lofted Europe’s Sentinel-1A radar-imaging satellite into orbit. Liftoff of Arianespace’s [...]

Atlas V Successfully Launches Military Weather Satellite Into Near-Polar Orbit

 

Today’s spectacular launch was the 80th by a United Launch Alliance (ULA) vehicle since the company’s formation in December 2006. Photo Credit: Robert C. Fisher

United Launch Alliance (ULA) has successfully staged its 80th mission since the company was formed in December 2006. Liftoff of the venerable Atlas V booster—flying in its “401″ [...]

Atlas V to Launch Military Weather Satellite From Vandenberg Air Force Base Thursday

 

An Atlas V 401 was also employed to launch the last DMSP mission, Block 5D3 Flight 18, in October 2009. Photo Credit: ULA

With its NROL-67 mission currently grounded at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, due to ongoing problems in the aftermath of a radar tracking system fire, United Launch Alliance (ULA) is [...]

'I Wouldn’t Call it Fear': The Shuttle Launch Pad Aborts (Part 2)

The closest the shuttle ever came to a launch at the time of abort was T-1.9 seconds, on 18 August 1994. So close was the shuttle to launch, the on-board General Purpose Computers had already moded to their 102 ascent software configuration at the time of the abort. Photo Credit: NASA

In the pre-dawn [...]

Soyuz TMA-12M Arrives at Space Station After Two-Day Extended Rendezvous

With the arrival of the Soyuz TMA-12M crew, Expedition 39 aboard the International Space Station (ISS) has expanded to six members. Seated are Swanson (left) and Commander Koichi Wakata, with flight engineers Oleg Artemyev, Aleksandr Skvortsov, Mikhail Tyurin, and Rick Mastracchio standing. Photo Credit: NASA

Almost two days later than planned, Soyuz TMA-12M and [...]

Fast-Track Soyuz TMA-12M Crew Rockets Toward Space Station

Soyuz TMA-12M’s rousing ascent turned night into day across the desolate landscape of the Baikonur Cosmodrome, which has echoed to the sound of human space launches since April 1961. Photo Credit: NASA

The second half of Expedition 39 is on its way to the International Space Station (ISS), following tonight’s rousing launch of Soyuz [...]

Soyuz TMA-12M Crew Ready for Six-Hour Fast Ride to Space Station

Pictured in their Sokol (“Falcon”) launch and entry suits in front of the Soyuz simulator at the start of final exams on 5 March 2014, the Soyuz TMA-12M crew fields questions from journalists. Left to right are Steve Swanson, Aleksandr Skvortsov, and Oleg Artemyev. Photo Credit: NASA

Three new crew members—including a hot chili [...]

Secretive NROL-67 Payload Awaits Tuesday Launch Atop Atlas V

The Atlas V has flown just once in its 541 configuration, which represents the second most powerful variant of the rocket. On Tuesday, another 541 will take to the skies of Cape Canaveral, carrying the classified NROL-67 payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. Photo Credit: Alan Walters/awaltersphoto.com

A shroud of secrecy hangs over United [...]

Gemini 3 and the Fortune of John Young (Part 2)

Aboard a recovery helicopter after their splashdown on 23 March 1965, Gus Grissom (left) became the first man to record two space missions and John Young concluded the first flight in one of the most dramatic space careers of all time. Photo Credit: NASA

At just under five hours, the mission of Gemini 3 [...]

Ariane 5 Successfully Launches Astra 5B and Amazonas 4A Satellites

Arianespace’s venerable launcher begins its 59th consecutive successful mission with the rousing liftoff of Mission VA-216. Photo Credit: Arianespace

Despite slightly overcast skies, Ariane 5′s 96-percent success record continues to stay strong following tonight’s rousing launch of the Astra 5B and Amazonas 4A communications satellites by Mission VA-216 from the Guiana Space Centre in [...]