After EVA-44 replaced the LEE, EVA-45 and -46 helped to lube the new hardware. ( - Iridium Communications – in the midst of launching their next generation communications constellation – has formally signed an agreement with Space X to utilize flight-proven Falcon 9 boosters on their upcoming Iridium NEXT-4 and -5 missions.
Iridium NEXT-4, scheduled to launch NET 22 December 2017 from SLC-4E, will be the first flight-proven Falcon 9 mission from Vandenberg.
( - The European Space Agency’s Sentinel 5 Precursor satellite launched Friday aboard what could be the penultimate flight of Russia’s Rokot carrier rocket.
Liftoff, from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Northern Russia, was on schedule at Moscow Time ( UTC).
A mysterious mission codenamed Zuma will launch No Earlier Than 10 November 2017 from LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center.
Meanwhile, CRS-13 is slipping at least one week per the Station’s schedule, and the Iridium NEXT-4 mission from Vandenberg has received permission to debut RTLS landing of the Falcon 9 booster back at SLC-4W.
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( - United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Bigelow Aerospace have updated their future plans via an agreement to launch a B330 module on a Vulcan rocket to an eventual home in Low Lunar Orbit.The abort stopped the boosters from igniting and allowed for safing to take place.( - International Launch Services (ILS) is upping the pace of its Proton-M launches with another mission following on closely from its Amazonas 5 success.( - Arianespace conducted the fifth Ariane 5 launch of the year with the lofting of the Intelsat 37e & BSAT-4a satellites from Europe s Spaceport in French Guiana on Friday.The attempt came after the rocket aborted on the pad due to an electrical issue with a booster post-main engine ignition.