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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.
A rocket carrying an intelligence-gathering payload for the Pentagon suffered a technical problem after its launch, officials said. But they were confident Saturday that its secretive mission would be performed.
The launch of a heavy-lift Ariane-5 rocket carrying two satellites was postponed in French Guiana on Friday for the second time this week due to a new technical fault, space officials said.
A European Ariane-5 rocket has successfully launched two satellites into orbit late on Wednesday in the fifth mission from French Guiana this year.
Russia suspended launches of a rocket used in a failed mission to put a European satellite into orbit to map polar ice, news reports Sunday said.
Born in Cold War secrecy and the scene of Soviet space triumph and tragedy, the Baikonur cosmodrome marked its 50th anniversary Thursday, hailed by the presidents of Russia and Kazakhstan as a technological workhorse on the wind-swept steppes of Central Asia.
The Russian Space Agency and European rocket launch company Arianespace signed a deal to build a launch complex for Russian rockets at the Kourou site in French Guiana.
Going into the funeral business was not exactly what Charlie Chafer and a team of commercial space pioneers had in mind when they sketched plans, raised money and built rockets to break the government's monopoly on access to space. After 15 years of pondering potential commercial space endeavors, however, they seized upon the ultimate mass market.