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Last flight of New Shepard in 2017

Picture provided and owned by Blue Origin. Another success of New Shepard suborbital vehicle designed by owned by Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin. Rocket with capsule in 2.0 version was launched from the Van Horn test range owned by Blue Origin close to Van Horn in Texas. Launch was performed yesterday around 18:00 UTC. Rocket climbed…
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Ariane 5 delivers to orbit next four Galileo satellites

Today Arianespace launched from Guiana Space Center as 11th launch vehicle in 2017 Ariane 5 with ESA payload. Rocket delivered to orbit another four navigational satellites for ESA Galileo program. Galileo-19, Galileo-20, Galileo-21 and Galileo-22 will support constellation of 14 satellites operating as space part of navigational satellite system Galileo. Each weighing 733 kg satellites was made by OHB-System…
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Blue Origin plans last launch of New Shepard in 2017

First time in its history Blue Origin New Shepard will be be equipped in real, full-scale windows, in contrast to the previous prototypes. Blue Origin make a A Notice to Airmen for Monday and Tuesday, December 11th and 12th. Requested zone comes along with air space over Company's test range in West Texas near Van Horn. This…
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XCOR Aerospace has filed its financials with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Company which planned to built own space plane called Lynx to start competition with Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser bankrupted. XCOR was present on the market since 1999 and well known due the creating EZ-Rocket plane. It was first privately built and operated rocket plane in the history, which performed maiden flight in 2001. Two years later,…
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Long March 2D delivers to orbit Yaogan Weixing-31 (LKW-1)

CNSA launched on Sunday, December 3rd, 2017, new remote sensing satellite - Yaogan-31 (Land Surveying Satellite-1). Launch was performed at 04:11 UTC from Launch Site 603 at LC43 Launch Complex placed at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northern China. Long March 2D delivered to orbit, at least according to Chinese media, remote sensing satellite designed…
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Lotos-S1 launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome on the top of the Soyuz-2.1b

This time Roscosmos can announce success - Soyuz-2.1b without Fregat-M upper stage delivered to orbit ELINT satellite, second from constellation of four replacing Tselina-2 constellation. As payload is classified Electronic Intelligence satellite it was not announced anything about designated orbit and flight plan. It was given to public, that rocket with satellite was launched punctually at…
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Problems with guidance system possibly caused disaster of Fregat-M with Meteor-M2-1 and 18 other satellites

Problems with Fregat-M were caused probably by navigational and guidance system but not necessary by their technical malfunction. According to TASS news agency problems with Fregat-M launched from Vostochny Cosmodrome on November 28 were directly linked with guidance system. TASS refers here to anonymous source inside Russian space industry - Agency claims that guidance system,…
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Date of first launches of Angara from Vostochny Cosmodrome unveiled

As it is widely known, Roscosmos have had number of problems with finishing launch sites for Angara at their Vostochny Cosmodrome. According to TASS it seems that for the first launches of Angara from latest and most modern cosmodrome in Russia we will wait little longer then it was previously expected. First regular launches of…
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