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HTV-6 on orbit after launch from Tanegashima Space Center

Japanese space agency JAXA conducted successful launch of their H-IIB rocket with HTV robotic cargo spacecraft. Mission destination is International Space Station and nadir docking port of Harmony module. HTV-6 "Kounotori" mission was planned as first after 3 years of break and sixth mission of Japanese cargo vehicle in general. Its mission was important mainly…
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Italian job – Vega delivered Turkish military satellite to orbit

Less famous comparing to Ariane opr Soyuz, but still reliable and useful for certain kind of missions; today's launch of Vega rocket showed, that Italian space industry still has something to say. It was 8th mission with manufactured by Italian Avio Vega rocket and second launch of this Italian rocket operated by Arianespace in 2016.…
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Get ready for flight of Kuaizhou-1 light rocket

As it was announced previously by Xinhua news agency, China is going to conduct second launch of one of their latest light rocket launched from mobile platform. Known as Kuaizhou-1 rocket will be launched on December, probably in the following two weeks. China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp. (CASIC) is targeting to December 2016 with…
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Midland International Air & Space Port certified for Dream Chaser !

Sierra Nevada Corporation is keeping strong its leading position on the market of civilian spaceplanes - in fact at the moment there is no potential competition, which could interrupt SNC in creating monopoly on this segment of space market. But Sierra Nevada is not going to rest on laurels and is still continuing campaign for…
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Long March prelaunch issues unveiled !

It is not very common to unveil secrets of Chinese space program by people involved directly with it. Especially when maiden flight of largest rocket ever created by Chinese industry is concerned. Few Chinese specialists present during launch of Long March 5 on November 3, 2016, from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center announced on Chinese social…
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Get ready for Expedition 50/51 !

Preparing for Expedition 50/51 entered into last phase on Earth and on International Space Station. After landing of Soyuz MS-01 with Anatoly Ivanishin, Kate Rubins and Takuya Onishi, International Space Station have been occupied only by three crew members: Commander Shane Kimbrough from NASA and Sergey Ryzhikov with Andrei Borisenko, flight engineers from Roscosmos. Expedition 50 with…
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Long March 5 debut delayed but successful !

Maiden flight of Long March 5 heavy rocket started with 100 minutes of delay but finished with full success. It is already second maiden flight of Chinese rocket in 2016 performed from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in Hainan Province and one from multiple successes of CNSA in present year. Long March 5 is for sure important…
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Himawari-9 launched on atop of H-IIA F31!

Japanese weather satellite Himawari-9 was launched today at 07:21 GMT from Tanegashima Space Center. It is second start of launch vehicle from Tanegashima in 2016 - it was preceded by launch of Astro-H (Hitomi) on February and it will be followed by mission of the HTV cargo vehicle, which will be launched with supplies for International…
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