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2010-09-27 14:28:00

CHANTILLY, Va., Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force successfully launched on September 25 a Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) satellite into its initial low earth orbit, with support from TASC's Rocket Systems Launch Program team. The launch was the second utilizing the Minotaur IV launch vehicle, which has allowed the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, Space Development and Test Wing to increase significantly its capability to deliver larger payloads to orbit. The...

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2010-02-15 15:04:02

Interfax news agency reported on Friday that the first launch of a Russian space rocket from a site has been delayed. A modified Soyuz cargo ship has been expected to lift off from Europe's spaceport in French Guiana by the end of this year.  Its closeness to the equator means that not as much fuel is needed to reach a geostationary orbit, as apposed to the amount needed to launch from Russia's Baikonur site in Kazakhstan. The new cargo ship can carry up to 3 tons of payload into orbit,...

2009-10-18 12:42:00

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., Oct 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Adding to the Atlas rocket program's accomplished five decade legacy, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V successfully launched the U.S. Air Force's Defense Meteorological Satellite Program F18 (DMSP F18) mission from Space Launch Complex-3 here at 9:12 a.m. PDT, today. The DMSP F18 spacecraft was built for the Air Force by Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company in Sunnyvale, Calif. This mission marked the 600th launch of an Atlas...

2009-08-17 07:29:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The 48th successful and final Air Force Delta II Global Positioning System satellite launch occurred today, ending one of the most successful space launch programs in American history. A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket launched GPS IIR-21(M) into orbit from Space Launch Complex-17A at 6:35 a.m., EDT today. The first Air Force Delta II GPS launch occurred Feb. 14, 1989 and today's launch marked the 48th successful GPS mission giving the...

2009-04-24 11:32:00

INDIAN LAND, S.C., April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Continental Tire North America, Inc. ("Continental") recently provided new tires for a ground transporter vehicle that will be used to support Atlas V rocket launch processing at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090424/CL04861) United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture of The Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin Corporation, contacted Continental to provide replacement tires for its KAMAG...

2008-09-20 15:00:36

The Russian space agency will launch 10 carrier rockets at a French facility under a new contract with a French company, officials said Saturday. Arianespace Chairman Jean-Yves Le Gall said the deal his French satellite launch firm signed Saturday with the Russian Federal Space Agency will allow the Russians to use its facilities in French Guiana for Soyuz-ST carrier rocket launches, RIA Novosti reported. "The contract envisions the purchase of 10 Soyuz carrier rockets to be launched from...

2008-07-14 21:00:09

FARNBOROUGH (UK). July 14 (Interfax-AVN) - The Federal Space Agency has received preliminary orders for about 20 Soyuz rocket launches from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana and the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan, agency deputy head Vitaly Davydov told Interfax-AVN at the Farnborough Air Show on Monday. "We are in active negotiations with the clients. We hope to agree on up to 20 Soyuz launches in the near future," he said. The agency and the Samara CSKB-Progress are preparing to...

2008-06-30 09:03:14

Russia launches rocket with military satellite MOSCOW, June 27 (Xinhua) -- A Proton-K rocket carrying a Kosmos military satellite was launched from the cosmodrome of Baikonur on Friday, the Itar-Tass news agency reported. The heavy carrier took off at 03:59 Moscow time (23:59 GMT). Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov watched the launch. The launch was successful, both the information service of the space troops and the Titov spacecraft test and control center said. The...

2008-04-28 16:41:38

PARIS -- Israel's Amos-3 telecommunications satellite was placed successfully into geostationary orbit on Monday aboard the inaugural flight of the Russian-Ukrainian Land Launch system, setting the stage for what satellite-fleet operators hope will be a lively competition between Land Launch -- affiliated with Sea Launch Co. of Long Beach, Calif. -- and Russian Soyuz rockets launched from Europe's equatorial spaceport. Amos-3's owner, Spacecom of Tel Aviv, confirmed that the...

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2007-11-28 08:55:00

LOS ANGELES -- Unusually strong Pacific currents and winds stymied an attempt to launch a rocket carrying a commercial satellite and forced the oceangoing platform and control ship to sail back from the equator to their home port Tuesday. The launch attempt was the first by Sea Launch Co. since a damaging rocket explosion in January. The mission to put a mobile voice and data services satellite for Abu Dhabi-based Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Co. into orbit will be rescheduled, Sea...