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Welcome Galileo !

On 15 December 2016 , European Galileo navigation system officially entered to service after European Commission announced about starting of Galileo Initial Services. Finally after five years of launching satellites to orbit, constellation reached number of 18 and it was possible to start Galileo Initial Services. It is important moment in the history of ESA…
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Return of Pegasus XL – CYGNSS satellites deployed !

Orbital ATK returned in 2016 not only with Antares rocket. Today, Company performed launch of their Pegasus XL rocket with NASA payload. Finally, after first not successful attempt of delivering to 500 km LEO orbit eight CYGNSS satellites, Pegasus XL managed to deliver payload to space. Problems with hydraulics, which appeared on Monday were followed…
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Tianhe-1 planned for 2018-2019

After ESA confirmation for extending operational life of International Space Station and previous launching Tiangong-2 space station by CNSA, Low Earth Orbit seems to become as busy as 16 years ago, when it was occupied by first modules of ISS and reaching its last days Russian Mir. Now it seems, that we will see another…
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Surprising problems during MS-04 mission – Progress lost !

Mission of the Progress MS-04 showed, that even routine mission could bring unpredicted problems. Mission was planned as regular supply flight with fourth from the latest generation of Progress cargo spacecrafts combined with proven and reliable Soyuz-U rocket. Launch was scheduled to be conducted from legendary Gagarin’s Start (Launch Site 5/1) at Baikonur Cosmodrome. Soyuz-U…
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Soyuz-U/Progress MS-04 already rolled out !

Everything is ready - tomorrow launch of Soyuz-u rocket with Progress MS-04 on atop is closing with every hour. Penultimate cargo mission to International Space Station is progressing according to schedule. Yesterday long for 46 m and weighing 313 tons rocket was rolled out from MIK-112 Launcher Integration Facility, where integration process between rocket and…
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Shenzhou-11 on Earth – first Tiangong-2 mission finished !

It was long month for two Chinese astronauts remaining almost 400 km km above Earth inside Tiangong-2 orbital station. After mission Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong are already on Earth ! This mission started when Long March 2F/G was launched from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on October 17, 2016. Shenzhou-11 with two astronauts docked to…
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Soyuz MS-03 already in space, Expedition 50 in progress

Yesterday Roscosmos conducted successful launch of their latest manned spacecraft, Soyuz MS-03, with three astronauts from Russia, USA and France with mission to International Space Station. Russian State Corporation Roscosmos used for the third time their upgraded version of Soyuz spacecraft in MS version (it was 132th flight of Soyuz vehicle). With three crew members…
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VA233 finished – 6th flight of Ariane 5 ES finished with success !

Today in the morning hours one of the less known version of Ariane 5 was launched. Version known as "ES" was launched for the sixth time from Guiana Space Center, this time with four Galileo navigational satellites: FM-14, FM-15, FM16 and FM-17. It was last mission under Galileo program this year and one from last…
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Weather satellite launched from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center

Two days after launching XPNAV-1 on atop of Long March 11 CNSA managed to conduct another launch; this time under fairing of Long March 2D Yunhai-1 weather satellite was delivered to orbit. Long March 2D started yesterday at 23:14 GMT from LC-43 launch pad 601 at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.  Due the lack of live broadcast…
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