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Blue Origin next test mission on January 2016 ?

It is possible that Blue Origin New Shepard spacecraft will start again before end of January 2016. Information are not officially confirmed, but according to, Federal Aviation Administration announced restriction covering area of Blue Origin test facility near Van Horn, Texas. Restriction covers 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern Time on 22-23 January 2016 and according…
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Russian Fenix rocket project planned to start already in 2018

Recently we were informed about variety of proposed new rockets by Russian space industry. It seems that only one, Phoenix rocket project was lucky - it will be developed for sure (at least for the present moment) in following years. Yesterday, on 20 January 2016, TASS news agency announced that new Federal Space Program for…
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European nuclear response – asteroids stay back !

Sometimes methods of solving complex problems is quite simple - even in case of asteroids. Recently NASA announced recently about new initiative, in fact formalizing current efforts to prevent threat of asteroids. New organization called Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO) met with quick and positive response from Russian Academy of Science. Russians would like to…
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Long March 5 and Long March 7 on 2016 !

Chinese space industry will give us opportunity to look at their new products in 2016. Two new models from Long March are going to meet changing demands of customers around the globe. Russia is building Vostochny space center - China has already new one. Wenchang Satellite Launch Center was finished in October 2014 around two…
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Jason-3 success, Falcon-9 failure

End of 2015 and beginning of 2016 were full of successes of SpaceX. Now it is time to face with reality - is reusable technology this for Elon Musk, what "Spruce Goose" was for Howard Hughes? At Vandenberg AFS Falcon-9 was covered with thick fog but in spite of that, all other weather conditions were…
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Belintersat-1 on orbit !

On 15 January 2016 from Xichang Satellite Launch Center first Byelorussian satellite was launched on atop of Long March 3B rocket. CNSA started 2016 with success! In Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 16:57:04.080. GMT earsplitting sound of four YF-25 and four YF-21C was breaking silence of night. Long March 3B started to lift slowly from launch tower on LC3 launch site…
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Static tests of recovered first stage of Falcon-9 successfully completed!

After recovering first stage of Falcon-9 from last mission, SpaceX was waiting to perform static tests to confirm that everything is ready for next flight. Now we know - reusable technology is working! Basically as we know, reusable technology is based on conception of using same first stage of the rocket in multiple launches. It is…
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Minor problems during today’s ISS spacewalk

Problems with Tim Kopra space suit caused earlier termination of spacewalk. This spacewalk should be as usual successful for 100%, but technical issues caused that Tim Kopra and Tim Peake were ordered to come back to Quest airlock. Main objective, removing and reinstalling Sequential Shunt Unit - SSU, was accomplished, life and health of both…
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Orbital ATK and SpaceX awarded with contracts for EELV propulsion

US Air Force decided about awarding Orbital ATK and SpaceX with contracts for new propulsion for Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV). New technologies are closing. After decision of continuing developing American made engine for future launch vehicles, new funds were again assigned. After awarding Aerojet Rocketdyne, Northrop Grumman and Orbital ATK (You can read more here and here) just…
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Sierra Nevada in CRS 2 – first space plane will reach ISS on 2019 !

NASA announced on their press conference on 14 January 2016 about awards for CRS 2 contract for resupply missions to ISS. Sierra Nevada is awarded along with Orbital ATK and SpaceX. Great news for Sierra Nevada Corporation - their Dream Chaser (more about this space plane You can read here) space plane will be one…
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