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Soyuz-2.1b delivers Glonass-52M satellite from Plesetsk Cosmodrome

Glonass-52M navigation satellite was delivered today on September 22, 2017, to orbit from Launch Site 43/4 at Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Northern Russia. Soyuz-2.1b combined with Fregat-M delivered Glonass-52M to 191000 km orbit inclined  64.8 degrees toward the Equator. Satellite was correctly deployed and will join constellation of 23 operational satellites, which are virtually remaining technically…
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Tianzhou-1 after refueling session

Chinese robotic spacecraft performed successfully another refueling of Tiangong-2 space station after docking which followed lasting 12 weeks solo mission. Tianzhou-1 robotic spacecraft continues its mission started on 20 April 2017. After first sessions of refueling performed on April 24, 2017 and solo mission which lasted for 12 weeks, vehicle is facing next mission objectives.…
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Short rendezvous of Tianzhou-1 and Tiangong-2

Chinese first robotic cargo spacecraft which docked to Tiangong-2 space station on April 22, 2017, performed recently another test rendezvous. Spacecraft was launched from Wenchang Space Center LC-2 launch site on the top of the Long March 7 rocket over seven months after delivering Tiangong-2 to orbit on September 15, 2016. After docking performed two days…
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Soyuz MS-06 docks after 6 hours flight

Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft with three crew members aboard docked automatically to ISS Poisk module. After launch performed from launch pad 1/5 at Baikonur Cosmodrome at 21:17 UTC yesterday, Soyuz MS-06 had reached low earth orbit and begun its chase after International Space Station. Russian commander Alexander Misurkin, NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and  NASA astronaut Joe…
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Soyuz MS-06 launched !

Two cosmonauts and one astronaut begun their journey to International Space Station on September 12, 2017. This time inside Soyuz MS-06 their places took Russian commander Alexander Misurkin  with one space flight in his career, NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei performing first space mission and serving as first flight engineer took left seat and NASA…
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X-37B delivered to orbit

Experimental USAF space plane X-37B was delivered today by the SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket to Low Earth Orbit. It was first launch of X-37B by Falcon-9 rocket in the history. The 41st launch of Falcon-9 rocket was unique and clearly shows intentions of SpaceX for following years - getting into military contracts. Boeing X-37B, experimental robotic…
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VA239 – launch of Ariane 5 with Intelsat-37e & BSAT-4a aborted

Planned for September 5, 2017, launch of Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket with two communication satellites under the payload fairing was aborted seconds before liftoff. This should be ordinary mission of Ariane 5 performed from Guiana Space Center - well prepared, perfectly conducted and just like 84 previous missions finished with success. Nothing seemed that Arianespace…
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Soyuz MS-04 already on Earth

Soyuz MS-04 capsule with Peggy Whitson (NASA), commander Fyodor Yurchikhin (Roscosmos) and NASA flight engineer Jack Fischer returned safely to Earth after spending 135 days at docking port of Poisk ISS module since docking on April 20, 2017. Trio get inside Soyuz MS-04 vehicle on Saturday, September 2, 2017. At 18:41 UTC they closed hatch of…
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Russian inspection satellite reached first object

New experimental Russian satellite designed for inspecting spacecrafts remaining on their orbits performed first successful inspection. Satellite was launched inside special container installed at Kosmos-2519 satellite launched from from Pad 4 at Site 43 at Plesetsk Cosmodrome on June, 23 2017. Satellite was delivered on the top of the Soyuz 2-1v  rocket to 800 km orbit.…
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Russian cosmonauts after 7.5 h spacewalk !

Two Russian cosmonauts performed on August 17, 2017, spacewalk to deploy several nanosatellites collect scientific samples and perform necessary maintenance of the Station. Russian cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergei Ryazansky from Roscosmos performed on last Friday long spacewalk. According to Mission Control Center it lasted 7.5 hours, one hour longer than it was originally planned. Main objective…
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