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Next attempt of SpaceX to land with Falcon-9 on 17th January 2016

SpaceX will try to perform next landing with first stage of Falcon-9 on 17th January during Jason-3 mission. This time Falcon-9 will be in previous 1.1 version. SpaceX is going to keep fast pace of reusable technology development (more about reusable technology You can read here). After spectacular success on 21 December 2015 when first…
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First EVA on ISS in 2016 is getting close !

Next space walk on ISS is scheduled for 15th January 2016 and will be 192th maintenance EVA on ISS. This time ISS crew members will perform EVA to replace broken voltage regulator (Sequential Shunt Unit - SSU) fitted into one from eight power channels on ISS. Part, designed and manufactured by Space Systems Loral, failed…
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China will remain main contractor for Nigerian satellites

It was announced that China will be main contractor for new Nigcomsat satellites. China and Nigeria are starting negotiating new contract for additional Nigcomsat satellites. Government of Nigeria is planning to spend over $700 million for this investment thanks to the credit provided by China Exim Bank.  Chinese contractor, China Great Wall Industry Corporation will develop two satellites: Nigcomsat-2 and Nigcomsat-3.…
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New horizons to reach- next Chinese small launch vehicles in 2016 !

In spite of medium and heavy Long March rockets, China space industry is going to offer variety of adequate launch vehicles especially for being continuously downsized satellites. Please take a look on picture above and imagine that this man is holding imaging satellite. It weighs around 1 kg. Compare it to payload capacity of medium sized…
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InSight after problems on December 2015 is put into question

Problems with leakage in SEIS seismometer which is one of crucial onboard instruments on InSight Mars lander could threat all program. Problems started on November 2015 when first leakage was spotted, but CNES specialists managed to repair it and keep the schedule. Unfortunately on 21 December 2015, when during test of SEIS performed by French scientist…
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EDRS-A after delay will start on 25th January 2016

European Data Relay System developed by European Space Agency and Airbus Defense and Space (former Astrium) will start operating after launching Eutelsat-9B satellite with first part of the system as secondary payload. It is trivial to say that communication is crucial in our world. In every aspect of our life communication became determinant of the…
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India postponed test of RLV to April 2016

ISRO announced on 28 December 2015 about postponing test of Reusable Launch Vehicle from February to April 2016. According to New Indian Express, Indian Space Research Organization informed about delayed in planning test flight of RLV. RLV is prototype of future scramjet unmanned reusable space plane launched on atop of single booster from PSLV rocket.…
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Recovered first stage of Falcon-9 1.2v ready to go again !

Elon Musk announced on Twitter results of inspection of recovered first stage of Falcon rocket. To remind - on 22 December 2015 SpaceX could say almost that they reached next milestone in their way to Mars. After successful launch and separation from second stage of Falcon-9 1.2v, first stage performed autonomous landing on landing zone…
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Hat trick for SSl1300

Space Systems Loral acquired new contract for communication satellite for Indonesia on 30 December 2015. Indonesia is one of more interesting countries in South-East Asia as far as presence in world space industry. Specific for Indonesia is locating on great number of islands (Indonesia is largest island country in the world) and this fact determines great…
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Next funds for new American rocket engine granted

New grants are answer for demand of the US Air Force for American made and comparable with RD-180 rocket engine.  In spite of fact that ULA was allowed to finalize its order for RD-180 engines, US Air Force is still considering to stimulate development of American construction which will be comparative to Russian engines. New budget…
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