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Sentinel-1A after collision with piece of the space debris

ESA reported about direct contact with space debris of their radar satellite operating under Copernicus program. Incident took place on August 23, 2016, at 17:07 GMT. Very small piece of space debris hit into solar panel of Sentinel-1A satellite remaining on around 693 km circular orbit with inclination at 98.18°. Effects of the direct hit were…
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Russian plans for Sea Launch

Joint venture company Sea Launch (established in 1995 by Norway, Russia, Ukraine and the USA) after hard times being result of generally bad political situation between Ukraine (provider of the Zenit rockets) and Russia seemed to be doomed to bankruptcy. Now it seems that there is chance to keep ultimate sea platform for launching rockets to…
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Roscosmos is still cutting budget

Russia will probably limit number of cosmonauts on ISS in 2017 from three to two. According to TASS news agency, Russia is going to put limit on number of cosmonauts remaining on International Space Station in following years. TASS is quoting part of the interview given to Russian Izviestia, by Sergei Krikalev, who is director of…
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QUESS launched from the cosmodrome on Gobi desert !

China managed to put into orbit QUESS  scientific satellite. Spacecraft will perform tests of next generation communication system which will utilize quantum technology for data transfer. Satellite was named "Mozi" and is result of the cooperation between Austria and China. Main objective of the program is creating communication system highly resistant for jamming or attempts of hacking. Spacecraft…
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Tiantong-1 launched !

Just as it was predicted by Chinese media, Tiantong-1 communication satellite was launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center. Long March 3B/G2 lifted off today at 16:22 GMT from Launch Complex 3 launch site. It delivered to geostationary orbit satellite designed by China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) to support new mobile telecommunication service created by China Telecom…
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Virgin Galactic with FAA operator’s license !

Virgin Galactic was awarded recently by U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation with operator's license for their SpaceShipTwo. Virgin announced about FAA certification on August 1, 2016. This is crucial moment for Virgin Galactic - their effort was awarded and now Company is able to start commercial flights with their space plane. Designed by…
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Rosetta became a single…

Communication system on Rosetta was switched off today after 19 months since first in history soft landing on comet surface performed on 12 November 2014.  One of the most recognized mission by ESA in recent years is definitely coming to its end. After announcing by European Space Agency on June 30, 2016, about setting date…
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SSL won contract for robotic arm for DARPA’s GEO service satellite

DARPA is still developing own spacecraft able to perform service on satellites remaining on GEO orbit. Project is called Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) and just three days ago DARPA chosen one of the key subcontractors for this project. It is second American government project of future space logistic spacecraft along with NASA Restore-L project…
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RS-25 after another fire test

One of the engines of Space Launch System rocket finished fire test in NASA Stennis research facility. It was pre-used engine #0528, which was last tested on 2009; according to Steve Wofford, manager of the SLS Liquid Engines Office at Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama (interview published on Nasaspaceflight.com), it was seventh major RS-25 fire test and…
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Sierra Nevada is planning next flights of Dream Chaser already in 2016 !

Sierra Nevada Corporation with their Dream Chaser reached next milestone of CRS2 contract and is planning resuming flights of its spaceplane later this year. Company announced on July 11, 2016 on their website about acquiring NASA approval for design, development, test and evaluation program of Dream Chaser. Plans were prepared as ISS Integration Certification Milestone 1,…
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