Tag Archives: Nanoracks

Progress and Dragon invades ISS !

Two robotic cargo spacecrafts will be launched in following days to support International Space Station with necessary supplies and hardware. Roscosmos and SpaceX both planned cargo missions to ISS for almost same time. Progress MS-03 will be launched on atop of Soyuz-2.1a on 16th July 2016 from Baikonur Cosmodrome. Launch of this spacecraft (it is 64th…
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Cygnus unberthed with last task-Saffire experiment already started !

Cygnus OA-6 "Rick Husband" was unberthed yesterday from International Space Station and started its last task-Saffire experiment covering research on fire in low gravity conditions. Unberthing finished lasting three month space journey of Orbital ATK Cygnus, which was part of the OA-6 resupply mission performed under CRS contract. Mission started from launching Cygnus on atop…
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Flocks in space – 16 Cubesats starts space mission from Kibo module

Tonight International Space Station crew will finish deploying 16 Flock Cubesat satellites from Kibo module. After inflating BEAM module on Saturday and monitoring air pressure and possible leaks inside new module, crew of ISS started this week with deploying fleet of 16 Cubesat satellites. Since Monday 30 May, 2016, crew members are deploying Flock nanosatellites belonging to…
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Next Russian nanosatellite planned for 2017

Russia is trying to extend their presence on the market of nanosatellites, starting with TEKh-42-2 (or TNS-0-2 - Technology Nanosatellites - Tekhnologicesky Nanosputnik) technology demonstrator satellite scheduled on 2017. It is known that Russia has strong position as far as the launch vehicles are concerned, but still pace of development in space technologies is extremely…
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Au revoir Cygnus !

After 72 days remaining docked to ISS, Cygnus spacecraft (S.S. Deke Slayton II, OA-4) left International Space Station and started its last flight.  Mission finished, just like operational life of Cygnus OA-4. After 72 days being docked into Node-1 Nadir Common Berthing Mechanism (since 9 December 2015), it started today procedure of unberthing. Of course it could not…
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Aggiesat4 and Bevo-2 operating as planned after being deployed from ISS

Next successful deployment of small satellites from International Space Station - Low Earth Orbiting Navigation Experiment for Spacecraft Testing Autonomous Rendezvous and Docking (LONESTAR) started ! MEI Technologies, NASA contractor and technology partner for LONESTAR confirmed correct operating of Aggiesat-4 and Bevo-2, two experimental satellites which were built by students of Texas A&M University (Aggiesat) and…
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New dimension of commercialization of ISS

Manufacturing Cubesat satellites in space and deploying without necessity of launching with rocket? It is maybe closer than You can imagine! It is maybe not well known fact that from International Space Station crew members has ability to deploy small satellites. In fact, with utilization of Space Station Integrated Kinetic Launcher for Orbital Payload Systems (SSIKLOPS), mass of…
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What You Should Know about Latest Space Rockets

Do you know what a rocket is? A rocket refers to a cylindrical projector that has the ability of propelled to greater height by combustion of content in it. A missile can be used for space exploration because it is able o operate in space where there is no air. The dimension of this space…
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End of OA-5 mission

Orbital ATK Cygnus OA-5 SS Alan Pointdexter finished its mission in dense layers of atmosphere on November 27. It has spent in space 40 days since reaching orbit on atop of Antares 230 on October 17. It was successful month in space for SS Alan Pointdexter. In spite of fact of delivering over 2300 kg…
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Atlas V with Cygnus in 2017 !

After troubles with Falcon-9 FT, which caused delay with Dragon spacecraft cargo missions, Orbital ATK seemed to be Deus ex machina with their Antares 230. But due the same reason it seems, that again Orbital ATK will have to rely on Atlas V launch vehicle. According to latest news Orbital ATK is going to resume cooperation…
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