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Epsilon delivers radar satellite from Uchinoura Space Center

Japanese railed launched rocket Epsilon delivered to orbit ANSARO-2 satellite on January 18th, 2018. Today according to local time during its third in the history mission Epsilon rocket delivered to orbit radar weather satellite. Rocket was launched punctually at 06:06 local time from rail launch tower at Uchinoura Space Center. JAXA confirmed success of the mission…
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Dragon CRS-13 returns to Earth with 1850 kg of payload

Dragon robotic spacecraft was undocked after 27 days of space journey.  CRS-13 Dragon was launched on the top of the Falcon-9 FT on December 17, 2027 from Cape Canaveral SLC-40. After short, lasting only few hours flight, it docked on the same day to Harmony nadir docking port. After transferring 4200 kg cargo in December and…
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First Chinese launch in 2018 – Superview-1-03 & 04 delivered to orbit

Long March 2D rocket delivered Superview-1-03 & 04 satellites to orbit today. China begun 2018 launch campaign Tuesday January 9. The Long March 2D rocket delivered the Superview-1-03 & 04 satellites after flawless launch. Rocket took off at 03:24 UTC from LC-9 launch site at Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the Shanxi Province. SuperView satellites are operated…
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Meteor M2-1 disaster possibly caused by human error

It was not officially confirmed that disaster of Soyuz-2.1b with Meteor M2-1 weather satellite was caused by human error or not; Roscosmos and PM Rogozin seem to have some difference in understanding term "human error" Launch of Soyuz-2.1b with Meteor class satellite and 18 satellites as piggyback payload was performed on November 28, 2017 from…
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Tiangong-1 fails to perform reentry in 2017

Tiangong-1 space station remaining on low Earth orbit have not performed destructive reentry in the second half of 2017 as it was planned by CNSA. Station was launched on the top of the Long March 2F from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in 2009 and was first Chinese space station on orbit. After series of tests…
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Communication with Angosat-1 restored!

RSC Energia announced officially on December 29, 2017 that they managed to resume communications with recently launched Angosat-1 satellite. Satellite was launched from Site 45/1 at Baikonur Cosmodrome on December 26,2017 on the top of the Zenit-3F rocket. Communication with satellite was lost shortly after deploying it by Fregat upper stage on 36000 km GEO…
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Troubles of Angosat-1 after launch

After successful launch Angosat-1, first satellite owned by Angola, lost contact with ground. Satellite was launched on the top of the Zenit-3F rocket from Site 45/1 at Baikonur Cosmodrome on December 26 at 19:00 UTC. Ukrainian rocket was one of the last rockets from batch delivered before Crimea crisis and start of embargo for Ukrainian…
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Falcon-9 and H-IIA deliver their payloads to orbit in the same day

Today two different rockets from two different continents delivered their payloads to orbit after flawless flights. Both launches separated only 72 seconds. H-IIA rocket was launched on December 23, 2017 from Tanegashima Launch Center in southern Japan with two satellites under the payload fairing. Rocket with GCOM-C (Global Change Observation Mission-Climate) and SLATS (Super Low…
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First ground tests of Stratolaunch lifting aircraft

Picture credited by Stratolaunch Systems Corp. Stratolaunch developing project of own lifting aircraft able to launch rockets with payload during flight reached another milestone. On December 21, 2017, Stratolauncher performed first tests on the runway. Largest aircraft in history performed first ground tests at Stratolaunch Systems Corp. facilities at the Mojave Air & Space Port in California…
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First pictures of Falcon Heavy

Picture provided by SpaceX. Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX published on Twitter profile first pictures of almost assembled Falcon Heavy rocket. First three pictures were released on Wednesday, December 20, 2017. On first two we can see rocket with core and attached boosters without payload fairing; on additional picture we can see all 27 nozzles…
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