Yearly Archives: 2017

Communication with Angosat-1 restored!

RSC Energia announced officially on December 29, 2017 that they managed to resume communications with recently launched Angosat-1 satellite. Satellite was launched from Site 45/1 at Baikonur Cosmodrome on December 26,2017 on the top of the Zenit-3F rocket. Communication with satellite was lost shortly after deploying it by Fregat upper stage on 36000 km GEO…
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Troubles of Angosat-1 after launch

After successful launch Angosat-1, first satellite owned by Angola, lost contact with ground. Satellite was launched on the top of the Zenit-3F rocket from Site 45/1 at Baikonur Cosmodrome on December 26 at 19:00 UTC. Ukrainian rocket was one of the last rockets from batch delivered before Crimea crisis and start of embargo for Ukrainian…
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Falcon-9 and H-IIA deliver their payloads to orbit in the same day

Today two different rockets from two different continents delivered their payloads to orbit after flawless flights. Both launches separated only 72 seconds. H-IIA rocket was launched on December 23, 2017 from Tanegashima Launch Center in southern Japan with two satellites under the payload fairing. Rocket with GCOM-C (Global Change Observation Mission-Climate) and SLATS (Super Low…
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First ground tests of Stratolaunch lifting aircraft

Picture credited by Stratolaunch Systems Corp. Stratolaunch developing project of own lifting aircraft able to launch rockets with payload during flight reached another milestone. On December 21, 2017, Stratolauncher performed first tests on the runway. Largest aircraft in history performed first ground tests at Stratolaunch Systems Corp. facilities at the Mojave Air & Space Port in California…
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First pictures of Falcon Heavy

Picture provided by SpaceX. Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX published on Twitter profile first pictures of almost assembled Falcon Heavy rocket. First three pictures were released on Wednesday, December 20, 2017. On first two we can see rocket with core and attached boosters without payload fairing; on additional picture we can see all 27 nozzles…
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End of the OA-8E mission

Today Orbital ATK OA-8E robotic cargo spacecraft finished its lasting 36 days mission. Cygnus OA-8E S.S. Eugene Cernan  was launched on the top of the from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport LP-02 on November 12, 2017 at 12:51 UTC . It reached International Space Station two days later and it was attached to Unity nadir docking port.…
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Soyuz MS-07 launched !

Following two days will be quite busy on International Space Station. Soyuz MS-07 already begun its journey to the Station, Dragon CRS-13 was launched on Friday and already docked with supplies to Earth facing Harmony module docking port. Dragon with 1560 kg of pressurized and 645 kg of unpressurized cargo was launched on the top…
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Soyuz MS-05 returns to Earth

Finally after 139 days in space Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy, Randy Bresnik (NASA) and ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli returned to Earth. Soyuz MS-05 finished its mission with successful landing today at Kazakhstan near Dzezkazgan city at 08:37 UTC. Landing was performed flawlessly without any problems from the moment of separation with ISS until touch down. Three crew…
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Last flight of New Shepard in 2017

Picture provided and owned by Blue Origin. Another success of New Shepard suborbital vehicle designed by owned by Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin. Rocket with capsule in 2.0 version was launched from the Van Horn test range owned by Blue Origin close to Van Horn in Texas. Launch was performed yesterday around 18:00 UTC. Rocket climbed…
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Ariane 5 delivers to orbit next four Galileo satellites

Today Arianespace launched from Guiana Space Center as 11th launch vehicle in 2017 Ariane 5 with ESA payload. Rocket delivered to orbit another four navigational satellites for ESA Galileo program. Galileo-19, Galileo-20, Galileo-21 and Galileo-22 will support constellation of 14 satellites operating as space part of navigational satellite system Galileo. Each weighing 733 kg satellites was made by OHB-System…
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