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Tianzhou-1 after refueling session

Chinese robotic spacecraft performed successfully another refueling of Tiangong-2 space station after docking which followed lasting 12 weeks solo mission. Tianzhou-1 robotic spacecraft continues its mission started on 20 April 2017. After first sessions of refueling performed on April 24, 2017 and solo mission which lasted for 12 weeks, vehicle is facing next mission objectives.…
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CRS-12 Dragon Returns to Earth

After 30 days in space Dragon CRS-12 robotic cargo spacecraft undocked from Harmony module nadir docking port. SpaceX Dragon CRS-12 was launched on the top of the Falcon-9 rocket from LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center on August 14, 2017, at 18:31 UTC. After lasting two days space chase it reached and docked to ISS harmony…
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Finish after 20 years – Cassini crashes into Saturn

Yesterday first artificial satellite of Saturn finished its lasting 20 years mission with destructive landing on Saturn. Joint mission of NASA, ESA and Italian ASI space agency finally reached its end on Friday September 15, 2017. Cassini space probe launched on 15 October 1997 on the top of the Titan 401B/Centaur rocket crashed into Saturn after 162…
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Short rendezvous of Tianzhou-1 and Tiangong-2

Chinese first robotic cargo spacecraft which docked to Tiangong-2 space station on April 22, 2017, performed recently another test rendezvous. Spacecraft was launched from Wenchang Space Center LC-2 launch site on the top of the Long March 7 rocket over seven months after delivering Tiangong-2 to orbit on September 15, 2016. After docking performed two days…
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6th ULA mission in 2017 – NROL-42 – delayed !

Another mission for National Reconnaissance Office was delayed again. This time main, but not direct reason for postponing launch from September 14 to later date, was Irma hurricane which coming to Cape Canaveral. According to official statement of United Launch Alliance we will not see Atlas V 541 delivering to orbit classified payload for National Reconnaissance Office…
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Soyuz MS-06 docks after 6 hours flight

Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft with three crew members aboard docked automatically to ISS Poisk module. After launch performed from launch pad 1/5 at Baikonur Cosmodrome at 21:17 UTC yesterday, Soyuz MS-06 had reached low earth orbit and begun its chase after International Space Station. Russian commander Alexander Misurkin, NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and  NASA astronaut Joe…
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Soyuz MS-06 launched !

Two cosmonauts and one astronaut begun their journey to International Space Station on September 12, 2017. This time inside Soyuz MS-06 their places took Russian commander Alexander Misurkin  with one space flight in his career, NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei performing first space mission and serving as first flight engineer took left seat and NASA…
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Proton-M delivers Amazonas-5 to orbit

ILS Proton-M rocket delivered to orbit Hispasat Amazonas-5 communications satellite on September 11, 2017. Russian rocket operated by International Launch Services performed its 415th flight flawlessly. Amazonas-5 satellite was correctly delivered to its designated orbit after lasting over nine hours mission. Built by SSL for Spanish hispasat satellite operator spacecraft reported its good condition after…
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Get ready for Amazonas-5

International Launch Services finishes last preparations before launch of Proton-M rocket with Hispasat Amazonas-5 communications satellite on the top. This is the second launch of the Proton-M in the 2017 and 95th launch of Proton rocket operated by ILS. Launch is planned for 19:23 UTC from Pad 39 at  Baikonur Cosmodrome. Amazonas-5 communications satellite operated by…
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Echostar-3 retired after over 7200 days in space

After problems with communication between ground control center and Echostar-3 satellite problem was resolved and contact with spacecraft was resumed. It made possible decommissioning spacecraft and moving it to its final orbit. Echostar remains on orbit since October 5, 1997 when it was launched on the top of the Atlas-2AS rocket from LC-36B launch site…
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