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Making Progress In the Nick Of Time... Russia's Progress Hastens To Deliver Hardware, Food + Goodies To ISS
The Russian cargo craft will make 34 orbits of Earth during the next two days before docking...
 
Ball Gives All... Powers On NOAA's JPSS-1 Weather Satellite 
The latest milestone means the satellite is moving toward environmental testing by early 2016 with on-time delivery scheduled for late 2016. 
 
Third Time Is Not The Charm As Third Company Has Mishap...SpaceX  Explodes w/Supplies + Experiments On Way To ISS...
The good news is that no one died as a result of this launch anomaly
 
Star One C4 + MSG-4 Are Into Integration For Arianespace' VA224 Mission
The upcoming mission is designated Flight VA224, signifying the 224th Ariane-series launch to date.
 
SSTL... How 'The Little Engine That Could'... Builds The First Microsatellite Now Celebrates 30 Years Of Space Innovation
"Firsts": the first microsatellite with in-orbit re-programmable computer and the first to fly a CCD area array Earth imager. 
 
Lockheed Martin's Fourth MUOS Secure Communications Satellite Shipped For August Launch
MUOS-4 Extends U.S. Navy’s Smart Phone-Like Mobile Network to Near Global Coverage“MUOS-4 will complete our near global coverage, reaching further north and south toward the poles than ever before.”
 
Arianespace Lines 'em Up For Another Launch... EUTELSAT 8 West B + Intelsat 34 
 The fourth Ariane 5 for liftoff in 2015 has begun...
 
Airbus Defence and Space Delivers Heart Of LISA Pathfinder Space Probe... Ready To Ride Einstein's Waves 
LISA Pathfinder is paving the way for a future large space observatory that ultimately will directly observe and precisely measure gravitational waves.
 
Rokot Out, Angara In?
"We are now in discussions with Khrunichev Centre to obtain further cooperation on..."—Vladimir Terekhov, CIS Branch Mgr., Airbus Defence and Space.
 
ULA's Tightrope Act...Maintaining Industry's Lead Of 96 Missions 100 Percent Success + Achieving National Rocket Independence   
"...if the current law is not modified, America will not have assured access to space and competition will have been unintentionally eliminated, giving the new entrant a monopoly,"
 
 
Funding To The Tune Of $500 Million Obtained By OneWeb For Their Microsatellite Constellation
“The dream of fully bridging the digital divide is on track to be a reality in 2019.”—Greg Wyler, Founder, OneWeb.
 
Soyuz-2.1b Booster Orbits The Russian Defense Ministry's Satellite
The Soyuz 2 Rocket is a three stage carrier rocket designed to put payloads into Low Earth Orbit (LEO).
 
RUAG Celebrates 250th Fairing Launch
RUAG Space has cause to celebrate...
 
A New EO Constellation Is To Be Born Via UrtheCast, Surrey Satellite Technology + ElecnorDeimos Space
"We’re confident that the Constellation will bring an entirely unique dataset to this industry."—Wade Larson, President + COO, UrtheCast.
 
Residency Secured @ 1 Degree West For Telenor's THOR 7 Satellite
“THOR 7 provides the expansion capacity required to satisfy today’s and tomorrow’s growing demands from both our customers and future customers interested in connecting to the 1 degree West neighborhood.”—Morten Tengs, CEO, Telenor Satellite Broadcasting.
 
It's A Go! Arianespace's Vega Flight VV05 Takes Sentinel-2A—To Join Copernicus Group
Vega Flight VV05, the Arianespace Vega mission with Europe’s Sentinel-2A Earth observation satellite is now underway...
 
Launch Of Airbus Defence and Space's Sentinel-2A Brings A Whole New Dimension... Color Vision Of Earth
Airbus Defence and Space adds color to the Copernicus program through multispectral instrument that provides unique image quality.
 
Go For Launch! Arianespace’s Vega Readies For Sentinel-2A... Copernicus' Earth Observation
The next Vega mission from French Guiana has been authorized for liftoff.
 
Vega Is Rarin' To Go For Its Fifth Launch On June 22nd
After its launch by Vega, Sentinel-2A will join the Sentinel-1A spacecraft orbited by an Arianespace Soyuz mission in April 2014.
 
A Safe Arrival @ Vandenberg AFB For The Jason-3 Satellite
Jason-3 is an international partnership led by NOAA with participation from NASA, France's Centre Nationale d'Etudes Spatiales (the French space agency) and EUMETSAT, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites.