SpaceX Successfully Launches Powerful SES-12 Communications Satellite to Geostationary Orbit

Boasting an flight-proven Block 4 first stage and a new Block 5 second stage, SpaceX’s Upgraded Falcon 9 roars into the night at 12:45 a.m. EDT Monday, 4 June. Photo Credit: John Studwell/AmericaSpace

After several days of weather-related delay, SpaceX’s long-running partnership with Luxembourg-based satellite operator SES bore fruit in the small hours […]

SpaceX Prepares to Deliver Heavyweight SES-9 Satellite to Orbit on Wednesday

Tomorrow’s opening launch attempt will be the Upgraded Falcon 9’s first foray toward Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). Photo Credit: 45th Space Wing

For the first time, SpaceX’s Upgraded Falcon 9 booster—which delivered 11 Orbcomm Generation-2 (OG-2) satellites into low-Earth orbit, just before Christmas—will transport its first payload from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40 at […]

Processing Begins in French Guiana for Mid-December Ariane 5 Mission

The cryotechnic main stage and its French-built Vulcain-2 engine are raised to the vertical in the Launcher Integration Building (BIL) at the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana. Launch of Flight VA-216 is scheduled for mid-December. Photo Credit: CNES/Arianespace

It has been a busy year for Arianespace—the French-led launch services organization, which […]

Dazzling Proton-M Returns to Flight With Astra 2E Communications Satellite

Less than three months after its dismal first-stage failure, International Launch Services (ILS) and its partners have triumphantly returned the Proton-M to flight. Liftoff from Baikonur occurred at 3:38 a.m. local time Monday (5:38 p.m. EDT Sunday). Photo Credit: ILS, with additional thanks to Mike Barrett

Eighty-nine days after a Khrunichev-built Proton-M booster […]

Soyuz Rocket Launches Four Satellites From French Guiana

Photo Credit: ESA / Corvaja

Tuesday, June 25 saw the launch of the first four satellites in a novel telecommunications network aimed at improving high-speed Internet access and mobile phone connectivity to vast numbers of people in developing parts of the world. The quartet of spacecraft, owned by the O3b company headquartered on […]