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Proton K has successfully completed its farewell mission having inserted a Russian satellite into orbit for the Russian Defense Ministry.

This last Proton K lift-off to orbit a spacecraft with a Block DM-2 took place at the Baikonur launch base at 09h 45 min, March 30. .As per mission design, at 16h 27 min […]

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News from Partners and Branches Intelsat’s Global Broadband Maritime and Aeronautical Infrastructure Continues to Advance with ILS Proton Launch Success of Intelsat 22


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Luxembourg and Reston, VA, 25 March 2012 – Intelsat S.A., the world’s leading provider of satellite services, and International Launch Services (ILS) announced today that an ILS […]

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News Releases Proton M Delivers Satellite to Target Orbit for Intelsat


The Russian Proton M has successfully orbited a 6 MT Intelsat-22 communications satellite for Intelsat, Ltd, a global satellite operator (USA).

This was the second Proton launch in 2012 and 374th launch in Proton’s flight history.

A modernized Proton M […]

Orion Crew Capsule Targeted for 2014 Leap to High Orbit

by Ken Kremer on March 21, 2012

The Orion Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) is scheduled to launch the first unmanned Orion crew cabin into a high altitude Earth orbit in 2014 atop a Delta 4 Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Artist’s concept. Credit: NASA

NASA is on course to make the highest leap […]

ESOcast 41 Special: Going South

Leading up to ESO’s 50th anniversary in October 2012, we are releasing eight special ESOcasts, each a chapter from the movie Europe to the Stars — ESO’s First 50 Years of Exploring the Southern Sky.

This first special episode — entitled “Going South” — describes the birth of ESO, and in particular why astronomers […]

60 Minutes: SpaceX: Entrepreneurs race to space

In the history of space flight – only four entities have launched a space capsule into orbit and successfully brought it back to the Earth: the United States, Russia, China and Elon Musk.

Mr. Musk is a wealthy, Internet entrepreneur who has vowed to revolutionize space exploration by bringing down the astronomical costs. And […]

Entrepreneur Astronaut: Here’s How You’ll Get to Space

by Chris Taylor

Richard Garriott, age 50, was the 483rd person to leave planet Earth — and he’d like you to be one of the first thousand.

Garriott, creator of the popular Ultima videogame series, spent a good chunk of his fortune visiting theInternational Space Station via Soyuz rocket in 2008 (with ground-based assistance from his father Owen, […]

What does modern Huntsville, Alabama owe Wernher von Braun? Some say everything

By Lee Roop, The Huntsville Times 

Dr. Werner Von Braun by Saturn at U.S. Space & Rocket Center. For 50th Anniversary of Space. From Huntsville Public Library.

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — When Charles Bradshaw came to Huntsville in 1951 to work with Wernher von Braun, he remembers there being “two restaurants in town.” He remembers a […]

“100 Years of Von Braun” exhibit at Huntsville’s Space & Rocket Center will be part of traveling exhibit |

By Marian Accardi, The Huntsville Times 

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center exhibit, “100 Years of Von Braun: His American Journey,” will be open through Mother’s Day, May 14, then head to Europe as a traveling exhibit.

But some artifacts will remain.

Dr. Wernher von Braun's Ft. Bliss ID card. From Von Braun exhibit at […]

Huntsville’s U.S. Space & Rocket Center hosting von Braun celebration |

By Marian Accardi, The Huntsville Times 

The von Braun celebration will be in the Saturn V Hall in the Davidson Center for Space Exploration. (The Huntsville Times)

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is hosting a birthday party on what would have been the 100th birthday of rocket pioneer Dr. Wernher von […]