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First satellite deployed from Tiangong-2 !

Two Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong deployed on October 22, 2016 at 23:31 GMT (07:31 local time), first satellite deployed from Tiangong-2 space station. It was second from series of special purpose satellites used for monitoring vehicles in space. This small satellite will be important source of information on condition of Tiangong-2 and…
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End of the EDM – ESA confirmed failed landing

EDM lander deployed from Trace Gas Orbiter on October 16, 2016, should perform gently touch down somewhere on 4710 square kilometers elliptical landing zone at Meridiani Planum on October 19. According to present news from ESA, lander reached landing zone, but later it probably crashed after preliminary deployment from conical shaped upper part of heat shield…
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Date of launch of InSight lander set for May, 2018

Mission of the InSight, targeting Mars surface with lander equipped with special instruments for gathering data on seismic activity of Mars surface, has now official launch date. On September 2, 2016, NASA announced about final approval for extending InSight program until launch in 2018 by Science Mission Directorate. Launch of the rocket with InSight is planned…
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Falcon-9 FT exploded before test fire at Cape Canaveral

SpaceX Falcon-9 FT with Israeli communication satellite Amos-6 belonging to Spacecom Ltd. exploded at Cape Canaveral before ultimate trial before launch planned for 3rd September at 07:00 GMT. This test fire was planned to be conducted at Complex 40 launch pad. This accident happened over 14 months after failure CRS-7 mission on June 2015. This time Falcon-9 failed…
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Failed launch of Long March 4C with Gaofen-10 on atop

Yesterday, on August 31, 2016, China launched their medium Long March 4C rocket with Gaofen-10 imaging satellite on atop from LC-9 at Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. After launch conducted yesterday at around 19:00 GMT rocket failed to reach space and put satellite into designated orbit. Character of this mission was classified and CNSA gave very little…
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CRS-9 Dragon returned after 37 days in space !

SpaceX Dragon, unmanned cargo spacecraft, returned yesterday from LEO orbit where it has spent over one month docked to Earth facing Harmony module of International Space Station. It was end of the CRS-9 mission, which covered among others delivering to ISS 2257 kg of supplies, including weighing almost half ton International Docking Adapter. After extracting…
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Get ready for AFSPC-6 !

Next mission covering delivering to orbit two Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP, also known as GEO-SSAP) satellites is getting close. Rocket will start at 04:47 GMT on 19th August 2016. United Launch Alliance as launch service provider decided to use Space Launch Complex 37 (at Cape Canaveral AFS) and their reliable Delta IV rocket in this…
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Gaofen-3 SAR satellite launched from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center

Next Chinese remote sensing satellite equipped with Synthetic Aperture Radar was launched today at 06:55 local time on atop of Long March 4C.  Rocket with satellite under payload fairing was launched at 22:55 GMT on August 9 from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center placed in Northern China; as previously launched Gaofen satellites (Gaofen means "high resolution"…
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First contract for Angara 1.2 grabbed by ILS

International Launch Services acquired its first contract for commercial launch of next generation Russian rocket, Angara 1.2. ILS signed agreement with Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) for launching in 2020 multipurpose satellite Kompsat-6 known also as Arirang-6. Launch will be performed with Angara 1.2 rocket from Plesetsk Cosmodrome. Satellite will be delivered to Sun-synchronous orbit, where it…
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