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Russia launches foreign military satellite
Posted: Sat, Dec 20 12:15 PM ET (1715 GMT)
Strela launch of Kondor-E (Roscosmos) A Russian Strela rocket placed a reconnaissance satellite into orbit on Friday that Russian officials said was for a foreign customer, widely believed to be South Africa. The Strela rocket, a converted SS-19 ICBM, lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 11:43 pm EST Thursday (0443 GMT Friday) and placed the Kondor-E satellite into orbit. The spacecraft, built by NPO Mashinostroyeniya, carries a radar imaging payload. Russian officials said the satellite was built for another nation, but did not disclose the customer. Media reports indicate that South Africa is the customer under a contract it has with the company dating back to 2006.

Soyuz launches four O3b satellites
Posted: Fri, Dec 19 7:22 AM ET (1222 GMT)
Soyuz launch of third O3b satellites (Arianespace) A Soyuz rocket placed four satellites for a communications network into orbit on Thursday. The Soyuz ST-B rocket lifted off from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana at 1:37 pm EST (3:37 pm local time, 1837 GMT) Thursday carrying a third batch of four satellite for O3b Networks. The four satellites separated from the Fregat upper stage nearly two and a half hours later. The four satellites, built by Thales Alenia Space and weighing 700 kilograms each, will provide broadband Internet services from an orbit of nearly 8,000 kilometers. These satellites join four launched in July and four others launched in mid-2013.

SpaceX postpones ISS cargo mission to January
Posted: Fri, Dec 19 7:05 AM ET (1205 GMT)
SpaceX announced Thursday that it is delaying a launch of a cargo spacecraft to early January to address a technical issue with its Falcon 9...

India launches GSLV Mark 3 on successful test flight
Posted: Thu, Dec 18 7:01 AM ET (1201 GMT)
An upgraded version of India's most powerful launch vehicle successfully carried out a suborbital test flight on Thursday. The GSLV Mark 3 rocket, also...

NASA postpones decision on asteroid mission design
Posted: Thu, Dec 18 6:50 AM ET (1150 GMT)
NASA has pushed back a decision on what option it will choose for its planned Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), asking teams at the agency to...

Saturday, December 20
Has SA's Kondor-E now flown?
Politicsweb — 12:01 pm ET (1701 GMT)
Third MUOS Satellite Gets Launch Date
Defense News — 9:25 am ET (1425 GMT)
Gaining space
Indian Express — 9:19 am ET (1419 GMT)
Rocketing to success
The Tribune (India) — 9:19 am ET (1419 GMT)
Another feather to ISRO’s cap
The Asian Age — 9:18 am ET (1418 GMT)
Govt Should Meet All ISRO’s Resource Needs
The New Indian Express — 9:18 am ET (1418 GMT)
India's 20-Minute Space Mission is a Big Deal — 9:17 am ET (1417 GMT)
MkIII Rocket’s Unmanned Crew Module to Reach Ennore Shore
Express News Service — 9:17 am ET (1417 GMT)
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden
PBS — 9:15 am ET (1415 GMT)
CRS-5 Launch Update
SpaceX — 9:04 am ET (1404 GMT)
Falcon 9 completes full-duration static fire
Spaceflight Now — 9:02 am ET (1402 GMT)
Commentary | Litigating the End of a Dream
Space News — 9:01 am ET (1401 GMT)
Horsehead of a Different Color
NASA/JPL — 9:00 am ET (1400 GMT)
Gecko Grippers Get a Microgravity Test Flight
NASA/JPL — 8:59 am ET (1359 GMT)
Rosetta to Swoop Down on Comet in February
Science@NASA — 8:57 am ET (1357 GMT)
'Tis the season for NORAD to track Santa
Florida Today — 8:50 am ET (1350 GMT)

Friday, December 19
Celebrating the race to space
Palo Alto Online News — 9:03 pm ET (0203 GMT)

Waiting for Launch ebook

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