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Dream Chaser after another tow test

Sierra Nevada is still working on their Dream Chaser spacecraft. As Company has not yet built space certified version, work is still in progress - on Monday 17 July, Dream Chaser passed successfully another tow test at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, located at Edwards Air Force Base, California. It is important step before planned for…
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Vega already at the launch site !

Arianespace Vega rocket was a rolled out on July 18, 2017 to its launch site ELV at Guiana Space Center. It is one of the last milestones before planned for 2nd August mission covering delivery of two Israeli satellites to GTO orbit. It will be tenth mission of Vega (Vettore Europeo di Generazione Avanzata - Advanced…
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TDRS-M launch date is in question

Launch of the latest NASA data relay satellite TDRS-M probably will be delayed. Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, manufactured by Boeing, suffered for serious damage during last preparations before encapsulation last Friday.  Launch was planned originally for 3rd August 2017 and was contracted for United Launch Alliance. ULA decided to use their proven Atlas V rocket and…
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Chinasat-9A communications satellite reaches correct orbit

Chinese communications satellite reached finally its designated orbit after its rocket, Long March 3B failed to deploy it on the correct altitude on June, 18, 2017. Chinasat-9A was launched on the top of the Long March 3B from Xichang Satellite Launch Center on June 18, 2017. Rocket due the not specified problems, probably with cryogenic…
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Soyuz 2-1A delivers 73 satellites during single flight on 14 July 2017!

Roscosmos launched on Friday Soyuz-2.1A rocket from launch site 31/6 at Baikonur Cosmodrome. In spite of Kanopus V-IK remote sensing satellite, rocket delivered also 72 various cubesat satellites weighing around 17 kg 1U sized up to 120 kg 6U sized. Rocket was launched punctually at 06:36 UTC. Rocket delivered payload inside cargo compartment of Fregat…
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Sea Launch with Long March 11 !

After purchasing Sea Launch company by S7 group, future of this innovative launch service provider was unsure. Problems caused by lack of the sufficient number of rockets compatible with sea platform seemed not to bother extensively new owner. Now it seems that problem seemed to be resolved. Sea Launch was acquired from Energia corporation in…
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Aerojet Rocketdyne finishes hot fire tests of electric propulsion system

Aerojet Rocketdyne managed to conduct successfully hot fire test on a Power Processing Unit (PPU). According to official statement given by Aerojet Rocketdyne on July, 6, it was in fact series of test performed at  NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. According to  Julie Van Kleeck, vice president of advanced space and launch programs and strategy…
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Soyuz prepared to deliver to orbit infra red observation satellite from Baikonur

Soyuz 2-1A rocket with Fregat-M upper stage was delivered today on railed platform to Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Rocket will deliver Kanopus-V-IK, observation satellite for Roscosmos along with 73 other spacecrafts from different companies and organizations. Launch is planned for Friday, at 06:36 UTC. Satellite was originally developed as Kanopus-V 2 by…
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Counting days to Soyuz MS-05 mission

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazansky and NASA astronaut Randolph Bresnik were officially accepted as crew for Soyuz MS-05.  According to TASS Russian inter-departmental commission accepted today ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli (third flight to ISS), Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazansky and NASA astronaut Randolph Bresnik (both will fly to ISS for the second time in…
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Chinese students started new space experiment close to Beijing

Group of students will test possibility of living inside self-sustainable space station where all  resources are provided mainly thank to complex recycling process. Four students from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics were closed inside two chamber bunker close to Beijing for following 200 days on Sunday, July 9. Whole complex is known as Lunar Palace…
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