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Tianzhou mission plan unveiled !

CNSA, Chinese space agency, decided to unveil plan of the mission of their first automatic cargo spacecraft which will be launched in following month to Tiangong-2 space station. According to official announcements given last Saturday, we know the plans for first resupply mission in the history of Chinese space program. Maiden mission is planned for…
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News from ILS – new fairing instead Proton Medium

International Launch Services announced about new plans, which can cause that their modification of flagship rocket -Proton-M will be put on the shelf. In the Autumn 2016 it seemed rather sure, that ILS will show medium sized version of Proton-M within following two years. In October 2016 Company even announced, that has first customer for Proton Medium…
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Akatsuki with three instead five cameras after electrical fault

JAXA Akatsuki Venus Orbiter failed to keep its full operational status - two from five cameras are not longer working. In spite of this fact Akatsuki still operates after six years from  mission start in 2010, when it reached space on 20 May, 2010 on the top of the H-IIA rocket. According to official statement given by JAXA…
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China launches Kaituozhe-2 small launch vehicle with small satellite on the top

China managed to performed successful launch of their latest light launch vehicle. Kaizuozhe-2 liftoff from pad 921 at LC-43 at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center  on March 3, 2017 at 23:53 UTC. Mission objective was to reach Low Earth Orbit and deploy  Tiankong-1 satellite. Launch was officially confirmed by Chinese media and by U.S. Space Surveillance which is…
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Elon Musk announces about new Lunar mission

After breathtaking vision of Mars colonization presented during International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara on 27 September 2016, Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX gave us only a short break. Now it seems that it was only calm before storm. Plans for upcoming SpaceX's lunar mission were announced on February 27, 2017 during call with reporters. Elon Musk…
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NROL-79 delivered !

Atlas V performed flawlessly its 70th mission and delivered to orbit classified payload for National Reconnaissance Office. United Launch Alliance, operator of the Atlas V, decided to launch rocket in 401 configuration - payload was covered under 4 m payload fairing,  first core stage was not supported with boosters and upper stage was equipped with…
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Additional places for NASA astronauts purchased from Boeing

Boeing sold places inside Russian Soyuz spacecraft to NASA. Agency will be probably forced to use these seats in 2019 to let their Astronauts to reach International Space Station due the delay of NASA's Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program. It was not particularly happy moment in the history of NASA and probably one of the more important…
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First flight of VSS Unity in 2017

Finally Virgin Galactic resumed campaign of glide flights of their VSS Unity spaceplane, but those who count on first engine flight in February probably will have to wait until end of this year. It took two months to Virgin Galactic to perform another glide flight of their VSS Unity. Last time we could look at Unity…
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New opportunities from Arianespace with extended Vega

One of the launch vehicles remaining in the disposition of Arianespace, Vega rocket, will soon show extended capability of delivering and deploying small satellites. Vega, made y Avio, is smallest from launch vehicles offered by Arianespace on the market. According to European Space Agency, Vega will soon be equipped with new payload adapter. This will…
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