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Iran satellite in US row fails to reach orbit

Tehran - Iran launched a satellite criticised by the United States as a breach of a UN resolution on Tuesday but it failed to reach orbit, the telecommunications minister said.

China, France launch satellite to study climate change

Bejing - China sent its first ever satellite built in partnership with another country into space on Monday, a device tasked with helping scientists better predict dangerous cyclones and climate change by monitoring ocean surface winds and waves.

A city in China may soon have a second moon in its evening sky

Officials in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, have unveiled a science-fiction-like plan to launch what’s known as an illumination satellite, or “artificial moon,” by 2020.

Europe's Ariane 5 rocket set for 100th blast off

Paris - A European-made rocket will blast off Tuesday from French Guiana for the 100th time, in a symbolic landmark for its manufacturer as it comes under increasing pressure from Elon Musk's SpaceX programme.

NASA to study earth ice loss with lasers

NASA is planning to assess the impact of global warming on the polar caps by assessing the rate of ice loss from space. The process for doing so will be through laser scanning.

Governor Brown — 'We're launching our own damn satellite'

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced plans today to launch a satellite to monitor heat-trapping emissions, fulfilling a pledge he made immediately after the election of Donald Trump.

European wind survey satellite launched from French Guyana

- A new satellite that will use advanced laser technology to track global winds and improve weather forecasts has been successfully put into orbit, launch company Arianespace said.

European wind survey satellite launched from French Guyana

Paris - Europe launched a rocket from French Guyana on Wednesday, to put a satellite into orbit which will track global winds, allowing for improved weather forecasting, Arianespace said.

Space-X lobs Spanish military satellite into orbit

Washington - Elon Musk's Space-X sent a Spanish military satellite into orbit Thursday in a hitch-less liftoff from California, extending the private space company's record of successful launches.

Ariane 5 satellites in orbit but not in right location

Kourou - Two commercial satellites have been placed in orbit by an Ariane 5 rocket but have yet to reach their correct positions, Arianespace said Thursday, after mission control briefly lost contact with the craft in a rare malfunction.

Ariane 5 satellites in orbit but not in right location

Kourou - Two commercial satellites have been placed in orbit by an Ariane 5 rocket but have yet to reach their correct position, Arianespace said Thursday, after mission control briefly lost contact with the craft.The European space workhorse blasted off at 7.

Arianespace has 'lost contact' with Ariane 5 rocket

Kourou - Arianespace's mission control has "lost contact" with an Ariane 5 rocket carrying two commercial satellites after its lift-off from French Guiana, CEO Stephane Israel announced late Thursday.The European space workhorse blasted off at 7.

Ariane 5 rocket puts European GPS satellites into orbit

Kourou - An Ariane 5 rocket put four GPS satellites into orbit on Tuesday for Europe's Galileo navigation project, Arianespace said.The European space workhorse took off at 1836 GMT and deployed the satellites four hours after launch.

First joint France-China satellite to study oceans

Bejing - France and China's space agencies unveiled their first joint satellite in Beijing Friday, which will be used to improve forecasting of ocean storms and cyclones.

Sputnik, the tiny sphere that launched the space race

Korolyov - When the Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite 60 years ago, it marked both the beginning of space exploration and the start of a race between Moscow and Washington.

NASA launch of TDRS-M satellite signals the end of an era

The end of an era came about this morning when a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket roared off the pad with NASA’s newest communications Tracking and Data Relay Satellite M (TDRS-M).

Russia launches 73 satellites into orbit

Moscow - An imaging satellite and 72 micro-satellites were launched into orbit Friday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Russian space agency Roscosmos and research centre Glavcosmos announced.

Inmarsat launch will boost in-flight WiFi

London - Inmarsat's European short-haul WiFi satellite launched this week on-board a spacecraft. The aim is to boost in-flight WiFi and address what many travelers see as a poor service.

New orbiters for Europe's Galileo satnav system

Paris - The European Space Agency signed a contract with a German-British consortium Thursday to build eight more satellites for its Galileo satnav system, an alternative to America's GPS, the agency said Thursday.

ESA boss urges action on 'ticking timebombs' in Earth orbit

Le Bourget - A European Space Agency director urged nations Tuesday to unlock concealed data on the whereabouts of hundreds of thousands of pieces of space junk, or "ticking time bombs" threatening spacecraft in Earth orbit.

China's quantum satellite could 'change the Internet'

Beijing - China has revealed test results on its new quantum computing satellite. The technology is said to provide unbreakable secret communications channels, based on quantum mechanics.

Europe launches fourth Earth monitoring satellite

Cayenne - Europe launched a fourth satellite Tuesday for its Copernicus Earth-monitoring project to track changes in forest cover and air pollution, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced.The 1.

Europe's own satnav Galileo goes live

Bruxelles - After 17 years, numerous setbacks and three times over budget, Europe's Galileo satnav system went live Thursday, promising to outperform rivals and guarantee regional self-reliance.

Cornell team develops water-powered satellite for lunar orbit

A tiny satellite, about the size of a cereal box and powered by water, is in the running to become the first CubeSat to orbit the moon.

Spacecom demands $50 million, free flight from SpaceX

Space Communication Ltd is reportedly seeking compensation from SpaceX over last week’s explosion that destroyed the Israeli company’s communications satellite.

A tiny particle just punched a hole into a huge satellite

On August 23, a space particle the size of a tiny pebble smacked into the European Space Agency's Copernicus Sentinal-1A satellite, ripping a hole into one of its solar wings.

Iran destroys 100,000 satellite dishes in crackdown

Tehran - Iran destroyed 100,000 satellite dishes and receivers on Sunday as part of a widespread crackdown against the illegal devices that authorities say are morally damaging, a news website reported.

Japan satellite made 'surprise' find before failure

Toukyo - A Japanese satellite recorded unprecedented observations of the Perseus galaxy before it disappeared from contact, scientists said, offering precious new information about how gas travels in the faraway cluster.

New mini-moon discovered orbiting the Earth

Houston - Gaze up at night and you’ll see the familiar silvery moon. Our only natural satellite, right? Not so, it seems, for a new, much smaller mini-moon has been discovered by astrophysicists.

Satellite data latest tool in Indonesia's fight against illegal fishing

Jakarta - Indonesia will use data from miniature satellites around the globe to pinpoint the location of illegal fishing vessels trawling its vast waters, under an agreement announced Wednesday with a Silicon Valley tech firm.
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A Russian-built Proton rocket blasts off from a launch pad at Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome ...
A Russian-built Proton rocket blasts off from a launch pad at Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome on April 28, 2014
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Scientists working on the mission
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Image of Christmas lights in Northern Europe
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This is a satellite image of Dai Ichi Power Plant showing damage after an Earthquake and Tsunami. This photo was taken on March 14, 2011 at 11:04 am local time, 3 minutes after an explosion.
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Sentinel-1A fragment impact in space
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Omid [was Iran's first domestically made satellite Described as a data-processing satellite for research and telecommunications, Iran's state television reported that it was successfully launched on February 2, 2009.
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At 30-60 centimeters, you can easily discern key features such as manholes and mailboxes.
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NASA THEMIS spacecraft. Themis stands for Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms.
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Satellite picture of storm tracking over Nova Scotia bring high winds and heavy rain November 5,2010.
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SPOT 6 Early Image – Acquired during commissioning phase. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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Artist’s illustration of Russian Mayak satellite in orbit, with its reflectors unfurled.
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Falcon 9 launch at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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NanoRacks-LEMUR-2 is being loaded into the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer.
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NASA satellite view of Spain in rather appropriate Spanish flag colors.
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Satellite image showing ice melt in Greenland
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The ViaSat-1 communications satellite
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Artist's conception of the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn.
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PSLV-C34 takes off from India's southern spaceport of Sriharikota.
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