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No fear of asteroids – Luxembourg starts asteroid mining plan !

Some countries are developing programs of early warning of asteroids. Luxembourg would like to change asteroids from the threat into a source of profit. Maybe this fact is not well known, but Luxembourg with population of slightly over 520000 is quite important player on satellite market. With LuxSpace, operator of constellation of probe satellites and…
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Asteroid close to Earth on 5th March 2016

According to NASA’s Center for NEO Studies (CNEOS), on 5th March asteroid called TX68 will pass near Earth in possible closest range of 17000 km. TX68 is small asteroid spotted on October 6, 2013 by Catalina Sky Survey. It was discovered when it was four and half-length of moon distance from Earth (distance to the moon is 384399…
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Glonass-M launched from Plesetsk !

Next satellite covering demands of Glonass navigation system was launched successfully from Plesetsk Cosmodrome today at 00:21 GMT. Tendency of developing own navigation systems could be spotted with ease. Roscosmos have just launched Soyuz-2.1B with new Glonass-M n°56 on atop which will be next element of Glonass, Russian navigation system developed by Russian Aerospace Defence…
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North Korea launched rocket and lift object into the space !

Today, on 7th February 2016, at 00:30 GMT from launch site placed in Sohae rocket Unha-3 lifted object into the space. North Korea authorities confirmed officially launching rocket from Sohae space launch center today. It means that Unha-3 with Kwangmyŏngsŏng-4 satellite on atop, became next step on North Korea way into Space, or into possessing ICBM…
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Edgar Mitchell, sixth man on the Moon died on 4 February 2016 at 85 years.

One of most controversial astronauts, who performed EVA on the Moon, died on Thursday, 4 February 2016 in Lake Worth, Florida. He was last living member of Apollo 14 crew. Edgar Mitchell started his career in NASA in 1966 as second US Navy pilot, who was chosen for further astronautic training. His first task as member of NASA Astronaut…
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Atlas V 401, IIF-12, RD-180 – successful combination for sure !

Next satellite joined today to GPS constellation after successful flight of Atlas V rocket launched from Complex 41 in Cape Canaveral. It is last from Block IIF generation GPS navigation satellites designed and manufactured by Boeing. On 31 October 2015 penultimate satellite was launched on atop of Atlas V in same configuration and now we…
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Rokot is going to be retired, Proton-M next in line !

Roscosmos decided about canceling conversion program of SS-19 ICBM into space launch vehicle Rokot. It seems that next venture based on cooperation between West and Russia is finished. According to TASS news agency, Russian space corporation (former space agency) Roscosmos decided to launch only two more Rokot launch vehicles during following years. In draft document…
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Big in Japan – Lockheed won contract for JCSAT-17

Yesterday, on 3 February 2016 Lockheed announced about their success in Japan - company was awarded contract for new satellite from JCSAT series. SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation is Japanese broadcasting company operating on Direct TV market almost since nine years with headquarters in Tokyo. Company is focused on space & satellite business with particular contribution of multi-channel…
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First Russian EVA in 2016 succcessful !

Two Russian ISS crew members: Sergey Volkov and Yuri Malenchenko performed today second spacewalk in 2016. This time two Russian cosmonauts were guest stars in NASA TV during 193th spacewalk (42th performed by Russian ISS crew members) performed on International Space Station. Dressed in Orlan space suits Lt. Col. Sergey Volkov and Col. Yuri Malenchenko entered outer…
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