A weekend of rocket launches!

I’ve been offline for a bit due to busy home schedules, so here are a pile of rocket launch videos to make up for it!

Friday, Proton launched Turksat 4B, a commercial Turkish commsat, from Baikonur Cosmodrome:

Same day, China sent up APSTAR-9, a commercial Chinese commsat, from Xichang aboard a Long March 3B.  This is a very lovely amateur video of the launch:

Also, SpaceX has selected their return-to-flight mission: in accordance with their incremental approach, the RTF mission will be a low-risk Orbcomm flight that doesn’t require the upper stage to relight.  The flight will be in about a month or so.

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