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H-IIA with Michibiki-3 satellite delayed for 24 hours

JAXA, Japan's Space Agency, announced that upcoming launch of H-IIA rocket with navigation satellite Michibiki-3 under the payload fairing is delayed due the poor weather conditions at Yoshinobu Launch Complex at Tanegashima Space Center. Launch of the H-IIA rocket with Michibiki-3 was planned originally for Friday, August 11th, to 05:00 UTC. Unfortunately poor weather conditions. Rocket is…
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Electron disaster explained

Rocket Labs announced last Monday (August 7, 2017) about reasons for disaster of their Electron rocket "It’s a Test" during its maiden flight  performed on May 25, 2017 at New Zealand's Launch Complex 1 at Mahia Peninsula. First flight of 17 m long rocket (1.2 m of diameter) powered with nine Rutherford engines fueled RP-1/LOX…
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Next satellite arrives to Kourou

Another payload arrived to French Guiana to pass process of integration with Ariane 5 before mission planned for September 1st 2017.   Both satellites are already at Kourou. BSAT-4 joined Intelsat-37A today inside special cargo plane landed at Kourou airfield. BSAT-4 was designed and manufactured for Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT) by Space Systems Loral (SSL) to…
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SES returns to space with refurbished SpaceX’s booster

One of the main Spacex's Customers, Luxembourg based SES satellite operator, decided to contract next mission scheduled for Falcon-9 rocket with refurbished booster.  After success of the SES-10 mission which also involved Falcon-9 with refurbished first stage, SES decided to purchase another Falcon-9 with already used booster. The SES-10 satellite was launched on the top…
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Echostar-3 suffers some communications problems

One of the oldest operational communications satellites operated by Echostar, Echostar-3, suffered few problems with communication problems during orbital maneuver last week.  It is hard to believe, but 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 at Cape Canaveral. Satellite…
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Two American military satellites delayed to 2018

Two military satellites planned to be launched before end of 2017 are delayed due the technical problems. The fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency protected communications spacecraft and fourth Space Based Infrared Systems-Geosynchronous missile tracking satellites will reach orbit in first months of 2018. Satellites were planned to be launched on October 11, 2017 and November 9…
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Iran launches Simorgh rocket from Imam Khomeini Space Launch Center

Last Thursday on July 29 Iranian News Agency and Iranian Space Agency announced about launching their latest rocket called Simorgh (Phoenix). Start took place at recently opened Imam Khomeini Space Launch Center in Semnan Province in Northern Iran. Simorgh is latest from group of previous Iranian carrier rockets launched in previous years: Safir-1, Safir-1A and Safir-1B. It…
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Falcon Heavy already in November !

SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will be launched into its maiden flight already in November this year, claims CEO of SpaceX. SpaceX latest heavy rocket, Falcon Heavy, remains at assembly facility at LC-39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Rocket is almost finished with all three boosters completed in assembly facility, what was confirmed during show…
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MS-05 docked to ISS after short space pursuit !

Soyuz MS-05 finally reached International Space Station after lasting six hours space journey with three crew members inside: Commander Sergey Ryazansky (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer 1 Paolo Nespoli (ESA, Italy) and Flight Engineer 2 Randy Bresnik (NASA). Soyuz-FG with MS-05 vehicle was rolled out on July 26 from assembly facility to Launch Pad 1 Gagarin's Start. As…
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