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Loss of U.S. Air Force DMSP-19 weather satellite confirmed

U.S. Air Force has bad luck and increasing number of problems with their weather satellites. It seems that situation will not change as soon as military would like to see. After loss of DMSP-13 satellite which exploded on January 2015 and recent communication problems with DMSP-19, USAF have serious problem. Since 11th February 2016 when DMSP-19 stopped…
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Iran probably prepares maiden flight of Simorgh rocket in Semnan Space Center

It seems that news from February is confirmed by other source. Commercial camera installed on International Space Station spotted intensive movement in Semnan Space Center (Imam Khomeini Space Center) located around 200 km on East from Tehran. Semnan was planned as place for testing new Iranian medium launch vehicle - Simorgh SLV rocket. Previous news from…
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Polish Armaments Group signed agreement with National Space Agency of Ukraine

Representatives of Polish Armaments Group (PAG) and National Space Agency of Ukraine (NSAU) signed on March 8 2016 agreement for joint development of technologies for remote sensing satellites. Poland starts to expand its presence in global space industry. Recently one of the biggest Polish armament companies, Polish Armaments Group (PAG) and National Space Agency of Ukraine…
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ExoMars lander could be delayed to 2020 according to Roscosmos representative

After successful launch of TGO and EDM Schiaparelli on atop of Proton-M on 14 March 2016, first problems appeared in the cooperation between Roscosmos and ESA. Scheduled for 2018 launch of Mars lander developed under ExoMars program could be delayed to 2020. It seems that after celebrating successful launch, time for hard work came. It was…
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Resurs-P3 encountered solar panel deployment problem

Launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome on Sunday at 18:56 GMT new Russian remote sensing satellite by TsSKB Progress, Resurs-P3 suffers problem with full deployment of solar panels necessary for using full potential of satellite. Yesterday after launch everything seemed to work correctly. Satellite reached designated orbit what was confirmed by Joint Space Operations Center (274 km x 460 km…
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ExoMars started !

Today, punctually at 09:31:42 GMT, ExoMars mission started. Proton-M with Briz-M upper stage lifted off, with Schiaparelli EDM on atop, from Baikonur Cosmodrome launch site 200/39 in its second mission in 2016 and 411th in Proton launch vehicle history. Cooperation between ESA and Roscosmos reached next milestone. Today from Baikonur Cosmodrome Proton-M rocket lifted Schiaparelli Entry,…
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Resurs-P3 satellite launched successfully after halted countdown yesterday

Scheduled for 12 March 2016 launch of Russian was halted yesterday and postponed for today. Launch was planned for yesterday on 18:56 GMT. Resurs-P3, remote sensing satellite, should reach space on atop of Soyuz-2.1b from launch site 31, pad 6 at Baikonur Cosmodrome. Unfortunately during countdown engines were automatically shut down and countdown was halted.…
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Jeff Bezos announced first commercial flights of New Shepard for 2018

Blue Origin started to lose its mysterious aura and for the first time invited journalists for press conference and tour in their headquarters and development facility in Kent, Washington. New facts about future plans of Blue Origin were unveiled by Jeff Bezos himself. Blue Origin is again in the forehead of the something what could…
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Milestone in Electra program reached – SES, OHB and ESA agreement signed !

On 11 March 2016 in SES in Luxembourg agreement between SES, OHB and ESA was signed. It seems that program of developing new European telecommunication satellite with electric propulsion is reaching the positive end. Electra program was established in 2013 as initiative of European Space Agency under ARTES-33 plan for supporting innovative solutions by ESA cooperation with chosen…
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Space Shuttle heritage – RS-25 flight engine testing started

RS-25 engine which was used during five Space Shuttle missions backs in style. NASA started planned firing tests of flight engines for SLS. Space Launch System, new NASA rocket for manned missions, will inherit something from last truly outstanding NASA project. It was the propulsion - first reusable rocket engine in history - Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-25. Engine entered…
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