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2007-06-16 15:50:51

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - 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 Atlas V rocket launched Friday morning, hauling a payload from the National Reconnaissance Office, a division of the Department of Defense that builds and operates spy satellites. The NRO said Friday night that the launch was successful, but the...

2006-02-24 17:15:00

CAYENNE (Reuters) - 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. Officials of the Arianespace rocket launch company said a new launch date would be announced in several hours. They said one of the launch customers had requested further checks of a telemetry circuit. A first launch date on Tuesday was scrubbed when a problem linking the rocket to the...

2005-12-21 18:30:00

KOUROU, French Guiana (Reuters) - A European Ariane-5 rocket has successfully launched two satellites into orbit late on Wednesday in the fifth mission from French Guiana this year. The rocket blasted off at 7.33 p.m. (2233 GMT) from the European Space Agency's launch center in Kourou on the northeast coast of South America. Aboard the rocket was the INSAT-4A telecommunications satellite for India's Space Research Organization and MSG-2, a new generation weather satellite for Europe's...

2005-10-09 19:18:20

MOSCOW (AP) - 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. The Rokot booster rocket will not be launched again pending the outcome of an investigation into Saturday's unsuccessful launch, state-run Rossiya television reported, citing the Russian space agency. Space agency officials could not immediately be reached Sunday to confirm the report. The rocket's second stage failed to separate...

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2005-06-02 17:27:47

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan -- 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. Baikonur launched the first satellite and the first man into space, and is now home to the Soyuz rockets that service the international space station, shuttling crucial deliveries, along with Russian cosmonauts...

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2005-04-11 17:26:00

MOSCOW (AFP) -- 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. "The contract has two components, one for the construction of a launch site and another for the building of an adapted version of the Soyouz spacecraft known as the Soyuz 2-lb," Director General of Arianespace Jean-Yves Le Gall said during a press conference following the contract signing. Le Gall also...

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2004-12-21 09:08:14

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (UPI) -- 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. "Everybody dies," said Chafer, who has spent his entire professional career trying to open the space frontier....