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New opportunities from Arianespace with extended Vega

One of the launch vehicles remaining in the disposition of Arianespace, Vega rocket, will soon show extended capability of delivering and deploying small satellites. Vega, made y Avio, is smallest from launch vehicles offered by Arianespace on the market. According to European Space Agency, Vega will soon be equipped with new payload adapter. This will…
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Progress MS-05 after first 24 hours in space

Yesterday Progress MS-05 robotic cargo spacecraft was delivered to orbit by Soyuz-U rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome. It was probably last time when we could see Soyuz-U as launch vehicle during mission of Progress spacecraft.  This time there was no problems and Soyuz-U perfectly reach assumed altitude and deployed Progress MS-05 spacecraft. It is worth to remind…
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Production of first parts for “Federation” spacecraft planned for 2017

Yesterday, on 2 February 2017, TASS news agency announced about starting manufacturing parts for"Federation" manned spacecraft in 2017. Spacecraft will service and replace Soyuz-MS in 2021 and will be first Russian manned spacecraft send to the Moon in mission planned to 2025. New manned spacecraft is one of the key parts of modernization process of…
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NASA waits for propulsion test module for the Orion spacecraft program.

Program of Orion spacecraft, joint project by NASA and ESA, reached another milestone. Airbus Defence and Space announced that delivered for further tests to NASA The Propulsion Qualification Test Model (PQM), necessary for further testing Orion European Service Module (ESM) and its propulsion subsystems. As European Space Agency is key partner for Orion project; Airbus…
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Problems with Galileo navigation system

ESA reported first problems with functioning their navigation system. Issues spotted already in 2017 are first serious problems since announcing start of Galileo Initial Services by European Commission on 15 December 2016. According to ESA, which coordinates and operates Galileo, at least four from eighteen satellites from present constellation of Galileo are affected with problem.…
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OSIRIS-REx after first deep space maneuver

NASA officially confirms that OSIRIS-REx space probe performed successfully first deep space maneuver (DSM-1). First Deep Space Maneuver (DSM-1) was performed on Dec. 28, 2016.  It was necessary to set up the probe on the correct course to perform an Earth gravity assist in September this year. Assist will begin lasting two years flight to…
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Pesquet and Kimbrough after EVA-2 !

Thomas Pesquet of ESA and Shane Kimbrough of NASA finished today second ISS spacewalk in 2017 (EVA-2/Expedition 50) and performed flawlessly all tasks. This time Thomas Pesquet instead Peggy Whitson was partner of Shane Kimbrough. During 197th spacewalk in the history of International Space Station they were supported by Peggy Whitson of NASA, who helped…
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New life for Sea Launch

We have official confirmation - S7 group acquired major stock of Sea Launch company. Representatives of both companies met in Moscow on 28 December 2016 and signed final agreement - in this way, Russian S7 group known mainly because of its subsidiary PJSC Siberia Airlines, became launch service provider. This agreement finishes hard period for…
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New weather satellite launched from Chinese space port in Sichuan province

CNSA conducted yesterday launch of Long March 3B rocket with latest weather satellite, Feng Yun-4A. Rocket took off at 16:11 UTC (00:11 local time on 12 December) from LC-3 complex at Xichang Satellite Launch Center. Feng Yun-4A is first from series of six satellites representing Feng Yun-4 generation. It is based on SAST-5000 satellite bus…
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New high capacity military communication satellite delivered on atop of Delta IV

United Launch Alliance delivered to orbit eighth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite yesterday. Spacecraft will provide reliable and resistant for jamming communication for United States Armed Forces. ULA with their Delta IV Medium+ (5,4) showed during 114th mission in company's history, that confidence of Department of Defense, which was put into their fleet of launch vehicles…
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