Monthly Archives: January 2018

Problems with LEE-B after service action during last EVA

On picture above: LEE grapple under inspection. After last spacewalk performed by two NASA astronauts: Mark Vande Hei and Scott Tingle it seemed that lasting since October 2017 procedure of replacing two Latching End Effector is finally reaching successful end. After lasting over seven hours EVA 206 performed on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, LEE-B was finally replaced by…
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Servie action of Canadarm2 enters second phase

After two spacewalks in October 2017 when NASA astronauts replaced old LEE-A grapple from Canadarm2, now time has come to start service action of LEE-B. Latching End Effectors A and Latching End Effectors B are installed on the both ends of the Canadarm2 and let robotic arm to move freely around International Space Station from one…
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Long March 11 delivers to orbit six satellites

Operated by CNSA Long March 11 rocket delivered on Friday, January 19, six satellites to orbit. Launch took place at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 04:12 UTC. Rocket delivered and deployed all six satellites correctly; mission's success was confirmed  by official  institutions in China which announced spotting several new objects on orbit identical to declared…
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Epsilon delivers radar satellite from Uchinoura Space Center

Japanese railed launched rocket Epsilon delivered to orbit ANSARO-2 satellite on January 18th, 2018. Today according to local time during its third in the history mission Epsilon rocket delivered to orbit radar weather satellite. Rocket was launched punctually at 06:06 local time from rail launch tower at Uchinoura Space Center. JAXA confirmed success of the mission…
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Dragon CRS-13 returns to Earth with 1850 kg of payload

Dragon robotic spacecraft was undocked after 27 days of space journey.  CRS-13 Dragon was launched on the top of the Falcon-9 FT on December 17, 2027 from Cape Canaveral SLC-40. After short, lasting only few hours flight, it docked on the same day to Harmony nadir docking port. After transferring 4200 kg cargo in December and…
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First Chinese launch in 2018 – Superview-1-03 & 04 delivered to orbit

Long March 2D rocket delivered Superview-1-03 & 04 satellites to orbit today. China begun 2018 launch campaign Tuesday January 9. The Long March 2D rocket delivered the Superview-1-03 & 04 satellites after flawless launch. Rocket took off at 03:24 UTC from LC-9 launch site at Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the Shanxi Province. SuperView satellites are operated…
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Meteor M2-1 disaster possibly caused by human error

It was not officially confirmed that disaster of Soyuz-2.1b with Meteor M2-1 weather satellite was caused by human error or not; Roscosmos and PM Rogozin seem to have some difference in understanding term "human error" Launch of Soyuz-2.1b with Meteor class satellite and 18 satellites as piggyback payload was performed on November 28, 2017 from…
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Tiangong-1 fails to perform reentry in 2017

Tiangong-1 space station remaining on low Earth orbit have not performed destructive reentry in the second half of 2017 as it was planned by CNSA. Station was launched on the top of the Long March 2F from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in 2009 and was first Chinese space station on orbit. After series of tests…
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