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Soviet-era missile orbited Japanese satellites.
On November 06, 2014 at 07:35 UTC a Soviet-era "Dnepr” ballistic missile blasted off from southern Russia. The "Dnepr” rocket was launched from an underground silo at a space base near Yasny, Russia, a small community in the Orenburg region in the southern part of the country. The launch was performed by Strategic Rocket Forces of the Russian Federation in according to the agreement with Kosmotras, a Moscow-based company with joint Russian-Ukrainian ownership that oversees the commercial exploitation of the Dnepr rocket. Dnepr is a decommissioned Soviet-era ballistic missile — adapted for space launches instead of nuclear war. The rocket is a modified R-36M missile. The Western designation for the missile is the SS-18 “Satana.” On November 06 the rocket orbited the Japanese ASNARO (Advanced Satellite with New system ARchitecture for Observation) satellite and 4 other Japanese micro satellites: Hodoyoshi-1; ChubuSat-1; Tsubame; QSA ... Read more »
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Chinese probe returned from flight around the moon.
On October 31, 2014 at 22:42 UTC (on November 01 at 06:42 Beijing time) the landing capsule of the Chinese unmanned lunar orbiter performed a successful landing in the China’s remote northern region of Inner Mongolia about 300 miles from Beijing, completing an eight-day test flight around the moon to verify technologies for a planned lunar sample return mission. The mission — nicknamed Xiaofei, or “little flyer” on Chinese social media networks — launched on October 23 from the Xichang space center aboard a Long March 3C rocket. Traveling 840,000 kilometers on the round-trip journey, the spacecraft flew around the far side of the moon and returned a dramatic view of Earth and moon perched in the blackness of space. On the mission’s return leg, the landing capsule separated from a mothership craft for the plunge back into Earth’s atmosphere.
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Crash of U.S. Virgin Galactic rocket plane.

On October 31, 2014 at 17:12 UTC Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane crashed during a powered test flight over California’s Mojave Desert, leaving one pilot dead and another seriously injured. The anomaly apparently occurred after the space plane fired its rocket motor following a high-altitude drop from Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnightTwo mothership. Moments later, something went wrong and officials declared an emergency.

Virgin Galactic is a British commercial spaceflight company within the Virgin Group which hopes to develop commercial spacecraft and provide suborbital spaceflights to space tourists. The White Knight Two (WK2) is a jet-powered cargo aircraft which is used to lift the SpaceShipTwo spacecraft to release altitude. The SpaceShipTwo (SS2) is an air-launched suborbital space plane designed for space tourism. It is manufactured by The Spaceshi ... Read more »

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Russia launched military communications satellite.
On October 30, 2014 at 01:42 UTC the “Soyuz-2.1a” rocket-carrier was launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Arkhangelsk region, North Russia. The launch was performed by Russian Aerospace Defence Forces. The rocket equipped with the “Fregat” (Frigate) booster orbited “Meridian” military communications satellite. The Meridian spacecraft are manufactured by ISS Reshetnev, a Russian space contractor, as replacements for a previous generation of Molniya communications satellites. The Meridian satellites link Russian ground forces, aircraft, ships and command centers in the Arctic, Siberia and the North Sea.
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US launched GPS satellite.
On October 29, 2014 at 17:21 UTC the “Atlas-5” rocket-carrier was launched from Cape Canaveral launch site of US Air Force. The launch was performed by United Launch Alliance supported by the 45th Space Wing of US Air Force. The rocket orbited GPS-2F-8 navigation satellite. The $245 million GPS 2F-8 satellite will join the orbiting navigation network as the 31st functioning spacecraft — including four launched in 2014 — and 8 backups.
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Russian “Progress M-25M” spacecraft docked to Space Station.
On October 29, 2014 at 13:08 UTC the Russian “Progress M-25M” unmanned supply spacecraft docked to the International Space Station. The spacecraft was docked to the Russian “Pirs” (Pier) module. The spacecraft carried about 2400 kilograms of cargo for the six-member ISS crew.
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Russia launched “Progress M-25M” spacecraft to Space Station.
On October 29, 2014 at 07:09 UTC the “Progress M-25M” unmanned supply spacecraft was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome to the International Space Station. The spacecraft was orbited by the “Soyuz-2.1a” rocket-carrier.
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Cygnus spacecraft blew up during the launch.
On October 28, 2014, at 22:22 UTC the “Cygnus” unmanned spacecraft blew up during the launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island off the U.S. east coast, Va., USA. The "Cygnus” unmanned supply spacecraft, built by U.S. space firm Orbital Sciences Corp., was supposed to deliver more than 2 tons of cargo to the International Space Station (ISS). The “Cygnus” (CRS Orb-3,also known as Orbital Sciences CRS Flight 3 or Orbital 3), was supposed to be orbited by the Antares-130 rocket-carrier also built by Orbital Sciences Corp. This flight, which would have been its fourth to the International Space Station and the fifth of an Antares launch vehicle, resulted in the Antares rocket exploding seconds after liftoff.
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