Mighty Atlas to Launch NROL-52 from FL for the NRO

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LAUNCH ALERT: Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 03:31 EDT (07:31 UTC) a United Launch Alliance (ULA), Atlas V-421 rocket designated (AV-075) will lift off from Space Launch Complex-41 (SLC-41) at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), Florida carrying a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) as part of NROL-52.

This will be the ULA’s 8th launch of 2017, 122nd launch overall, 74th launch of the Atlas V, and the 7th launch of the Atlas V in the 421 configuration. Launch window for this attempt will be open for 90 minutes.

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Soyuz to Launch Russian Glonass M (752) Navigation Satellite

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Launch Alert! Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 20:02 EDT (00:02 UTC on the 22nd) a Russian Soyuz 2.1b rocket will deliver a Russian government Glonass M (52) navigation satellite built by ISS-Reshetnev into orbit from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Launch Site 43/4, Northern Russia.

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Mighty Atlas to Launch NROL-42 from CA for the NRO

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LAUNCH ALERT: Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 22:30 PDT (01:30 EDT & 05:38 UTC on the 24th) a United Launch Alliance (ULA), Atlas V-541 rocket designated (AV-072) will lift off from Space Launch Complex 3E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA carrying a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).

This will be the ULA’s 6th launch of 2017, 121st launch overall, 73rd launch of the Atlas V, and the 5th launch of Atlas in its 541 configuration.

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Expedition 53/54 Crew Ready for Launch Today

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Launch Alert! Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 17:17 EDT (21:17 UTC) a Soyuz-FG rocket; MS-06 (ISS 52S or Soyuz 54) will be lifting off from Launch Pad 1/Launcher 5 (LC 1/5) at the legendary Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Its Soyuz spacecraft will carry three crew members of Expedition 53/54 to the International Space Station (ISS) on a six-hour, four-orbit “fast-track” launch to docking.   This will be the 6th flight of the upgraded Soyuz which replaced the TMA series.

The crew will dock with the Russian Mini Research module-2 (MRM-2) Poisk “Search” Module later that evening and that capsule will remain there for approximately 6 months as a crew escape vehicle should they need it and ultimately a return vehicle.

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ILS Proton to Launch Amazonas 5

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Launch Alert! Monday, September 11, 2017 at 19:23 UTC (15:23 EDT) an International Launch Services (ILS) Proton-M rocket will be launching from Launch Pad 39, Launch Complex 200 at the legendary Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan to deliver the Amazonas 5 communication satellite into orbit for HISPASAT of Madrid, Spain.

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Falcon 9 to Launch the Secret U.S.A.F. X-37B (OTV-5)

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LAUNCH ALERT! Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 09:50 EDT (13:50 UTC), a SpaceX Falcon 9 (core 1040.1) will rise from NASA’s legendary Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) to deliver the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B space plane into orbit as part of Orbital Test Vehicle 5 (OTV-5) or USA-277).

This will be SpaceX’s 13th launch of 2017, 41st Falcon 9 flight overall and the parameters of this mission will allow for a Return To Landing Site (RTLS) where the first stage of the Falcon 9 will return to, and land back at Cape Canaveral at SpaceX’s Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) (former LC-13) allowing them to forego landing on their East Coast Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS), Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY) or losing the booster to the sea.  If successful this will be SpaceX’s 16th landing overall; 9 on drone ships and 7 on land.

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Ariane 5; Intelsat 37E & BSAT 4a Dual Payload Launch

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LAUNCH ALERT: UPDATE: Due to the pad abort at launch, reschedule date for this mission is unclear though planned for late-September.  I’ll re-post with times when applicable. 2017 at NA UTC (NA EDT) Arianespace will launch their massive heavy lift, Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA239. This mission will deliver a dual payload of Intelsat 37E and BSAT 4a communication satellites.

Launch will take place from Launch Site, Ensemble de Lancement Ariane-3 (ELA-3) at the Arianespace Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. This will be the 95th launch of the Ariane 5 and its 5th launch in 2017.

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