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Spaceflight Now 9h
An tech demo satellite for Canon Electronics and nine Earth-imaging CubeSats for Planet fired into orbit from New Zealand Wednesday on top of a Rocket Lab Electron booster, taking the place of similar craft destroyed in a Rocket Lab launch failure in July.
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Spaceflight Now 11h
The Electron rocket’s second stage has deployed a kick stage in a preliminary transfer orbit. The kick stage will circularize its orbit at 310 miles (500 kilometers), then release the mission’s 10 small satellite payloads about an hour into the flight.
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Spaceflight Now 11h
The Electron rocket’s first stage and payload fairing have jettisoned. The second stage’s single kerosene-fueled Rutherford engine is firing to propel the mission’s 10 commercial smallsat payloads into orbit.
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Spaceflight Now 11h
Liftoff of Rocket Lab's Electron booster, hauling 10 small Earth observation satellites to space for Planet and Canon.
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Spaceflight Now 11h
T-minus 2 minutes. The Electron rocket’s flight termination system is confirmed ready for launch, the strongback has retracted into position for engine start, and the automated countdown sequence has begun. Watch live:
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Spaceflight Now 11h
T-minus 9 minutes. The final poll of Rocket Lab's launch team gave a "go" to proceed into the terminal countdown for liftoff from New Zealand at 5:21:27pm EDT (2121:27 GMT). Watch live:
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Spaceflight Now 12h
T-minus 20 minutes. Rocket Lab says weather is looking favorable for launch of an Electron rocket from New Zealand at 5:21:27pm EDT (2121:27 GMT) with 10 small Earth-imaging satellites for Planet and Canon. Watch live:
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Spaceflight Now 13h
Rocket Lab says propellant loading is underway for launch of an Electron rocket from New Zealand today. Launch time has been adjusted to 5:21pm EDT (2121 GMT) with 10 small commercial Earth observation satellites for Planet and Canon. Live coverage:
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Spaceflight Now 15h
A week after scrubbing a launch attempt to assess a sensor issue, Rocket Lab is counting down to a flight to deliver 10 small commercial Earth observation satellites to orbit. Liftoff from New Zealand is set for a window opening at 5:14pm EDT (2114 GMT).
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Spaceflight Now Oct 27
An Atlas 5 rocket launch & a Delta 4-Heavy mission delayed from August have swapped positions in ULA’s Florida launch schedule. The Atlas 5 flight with a classified NRO payload is set for Nov. 3, while ULA has not set a date for the Delta 4 launch. More:
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Spaceflight Now Oct 27
After a delay due to a concern with Falcon 9 rocket engines, NASA & SpaceX have set Nov. 14 as the target launch date for the first operational Crew Dragon flight to the International Space Station, kicking off a half-year expedition for four astronauts.
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Spaceflight Now Oct 27
SpaceX could use its Starship vehicles to clear out space debris in Earth orbit, alongside its more publicized purpose of ferrying people and cargo to the moon and Mars, says Gwynne Shotwell, the company’s president and chief operating officer. Read more:
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Spaceflight Now Oct 27
United Launch Alliance teams mounted a top secret payload for the National Reconnaissance Office on top of an Atlas 5 rocket at Cape Canaveral Monday in preparation for an Election Day launch just after sunset. 📷: Read more:
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Spaceflight Now Oct 27
Three mysterious payloads widely believed to be signals intelligence satellites for the Chinese military rocketed into orbit on top of a Long March 2C booster Monday from a launch base in southwestern China. Full story:
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Spaceflight Now Oct 26
Water molecules have been directly detected across sunlit regions of the moon, not just in ultra-cold, permanently shadowed polar craters, indicating the precious resource may be more easily accessible to future astronauts than previously thought.
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Spaceflight Now Oct 26
A Soyuz booster and Fregat upper stage successfully delivered an upgraded Russian Glonass navigation satellite to an orbit nearly 12,000 miles above Earth on Saturday. Read more:
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Spaceflight Now Oct 24
SpaceX has launched 180 Starlink internet satellites since Oct. 6, more than the total number of active spacecraft in any other company’s fleet.
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Spaceflight Now Oct 24
SpaceX launched 60 more Starlink internet satellites Saturday, continuing a record launch cadence while engineers assess a concern with Falcon 9 rocket engines that has delayed some other missions, including the next crew flight to the space station.
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Spaceflight Now Oct 24
Flying more than 170 miles above Earth south of Tasmania, the Falcon 9 rocket has released SpaceX’s 60 newest Starlink broadband satellites into orbit. This brings the total number of Starlink craft launched to 895, including prototype satellites.
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Spaceflight Now Oct 24
The Falcon 9 rocket’s second stage engine has briefly reignited to inject the 60 Starlink satellties into an on-target orbit around 172 miles (278 kilometers) above Earth. Payload deployment is set for 12:34pm EDT (1634 GMT). Watch live:
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