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ISS after course correction !

International Space Station is after another orbit change, last one before planned for 7th September undocking of the Soyuz TMA-20M manned spacecraft with members of Expedition 48. Departure of the Soyuz TMA-20M is planned to release free space for Soyuz MS-02 planned to be launched with Expedition 49 members: Sergey Ryzhikov (commander) and Andrei Borisenko (first…
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Green fuel inside Cubesat satellite under contract for Aerojet Rocketdyne

  Aerojet Rocketdyne was granted with contract to develop first Cubesat satellite fueled with ecological and safe next generation rocket fuel. Public-private partnership between NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne was announced in January 2016 and now it was confirmed with appropriate contract. MPS-130 propulsion system fueled with new AF-M315E fuel will be developed by AR for NASA.…
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IDA installed after lasting almost six hours spacewalk

Two NASA astronauts: Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineer Kate Rubins supported by JAXA astronaut Takuya Onishi literally opened door for next phase of commercial space conquest during lasting 5 hours 58 seconds EVA performed on last Friday. Installing International Docking Adapter was originally planned for 2015, but it was postponed due the disaster of Falcon-9…
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JCSAT-16 mission accomplished !

SpaceX is celebrating successful launch of the JCSAT-16 and perfect landing on the droneship. JCSAT-16 is C and Ku band broadcasting satellite designed and manufactured by Space Systems/Loral (under contract signed in 2014) for Tokyo based SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation. Spacecraft will cover with its range Asia, Russia, Oceania, Middle East and North America with onboard 26 C and…
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GSSAP-3 and GSSAP-4 already in space !

United Launch Alliance acquired next success. 359th flight of the Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) finished with planned deploying of two observation satellites for U.S. Government. Launch of the Delta IV with two GSSAP satellites under 4 m payload fairing was performed from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral AFS. Punctually on August 19 at…
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H-IIB already on its way to Tanegashima Space Center

JAXA is continuing arrangements for planned for 30th September 2016 17:16 UTC launching their cargo spacecraft with supplies for International Space Station. H-IIB F6 rocket started yesterday its journey on boat from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries facility in Tobishima to Tanegashima Space Center. Ship will reach Tanegashima on 1st August, where rocket will be delivered to assembling facility for unpacking, tests…
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Juno arrived !

NASA Juno space probe entered Jupiter's orbit and is in perfect condition.  It was most important moment during Juno's mission which lasts since 2011 and impressive show of JPL abilities for developing and operating deep space probes. After performing two deep space maneuvers and orbit corrections on June 16, 2016 (first two burns of main…
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Last success of Hitomi !

Ended prematurely mission of Japanese research satellite Hitomi proves that even short scientific space mission could bring important discovery. Before its failure on March 26, 2016, Hitomi managed to gather significant data using its scientific payload.  Who dares wins - this should be new motto for Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Developing mission of Hitomi satellite (known also…
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Jiuquan welcomes Tiangong-2 !

Update for latest news and technical data on Tiangong-2 You can find here. Chinese space station, Tiangong-2 was already delivered to Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center for further assembling and testing.  Launch of the station is planned on September 2016. Shenzhou-11 spacecraft, which will bring Chinese astronauts to Tiangong-2, will be delivered to Jiuquan soon. According to Xinhua news agency,…
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Juno started to power its scientific payload !

After successful Jupiter Orbit Insertion performed on July 4, we have good news from Juno. Its scientific payload was turned on and it seems to work nominally. To remind, Juno space probe was performing JOI with turned off onboard instruments to prevent any interruption of flight control systems and reduce power consumption. Instruments were shut down…
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