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Iran’s military successfully launches satellite

Iran state television broadcast a video of the launch of the Noor 2 satellite. Credit: IRIB U.S. military tracking radars confirmed claims from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps Tuesday that the Iranian military placed a small satellite into orbit. Iranian officials said a Qased launcher successfully placed the Noor 2 satellite into orbit Tuesday. Iran’s state broadcaster showed video of the launch, ...

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Soyuz launches Russian military spy satellite

 A Russian military satellite launched Saturday from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome aboard a Soyuz rocket, heading for an unusual orbital altitude of more than 1,200 miles to begin a top secret mission. The Soyuz launcher took off from Plesetsk, located about 500 miles (800 kilometers) north of Moscow, and headed into orbit with a spacecraft for the Russian Ministry of ...

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SpaceX set to launch top secret spy payload from California

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket sits horizontal at Space Launch Complex 4-East on Tuesday ahead of a mission for the National Reconnaissance Office. Credit: Brian Sandoval / Spaceflight Now A classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office is closed up in the nose cone of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket for liftoff Wednesday from California’s Central Coast, debuting a brand new ...

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SpaceX preps for launch of spy satellite payload from California this week

The official patch for the NROL-87 mission. Credit: NRO The first launch of the year from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, set for Wednesday afternoon, will send a payload into orbit for the U.S. government’s spy satellite agency aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The mission will deploy a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office into orbit after liftoff ...

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French military intelligence satellites launch on Vega rocket

A Vega rocket takes off Tuesday with the French military’s three CERES reconnaissance satellites. Credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace/S. Martin A European Vega rocket fired into space from French Guiana Tuesday and deployed three French military satellites to locate sources of radio and radar transmissions around the world, clearing the way for final modifications on the Vega launch pad for an uprated version ...

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China launches two classified military satellites

A Long March 2C rocket lifts off with two Yaogan 32 Chinese military satellites. Credit: CASC China launched two classified military satellites Wednesday on top of a Long March 2C rocket augmented by a restartable upper stage. The Long March 2C launcher lifted off from the Jiuquan space center in the Gobi Desert of northwestern China at 3:43 a.m. EDT ...

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