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SpaceX reusable technology – half way to Mars mission reached ?

SpaceX since establishing in 2002 is one of leaders of space industry - not without a reason. In 2002, after establishing SpaceX, Elon Musk had one goal - Mars. It was clear that it is ambitious target. For Elon Musk and SpaceX reaching Mars and further colonization was ultimate goal; first step was offering launch vehicle with…
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Progress-MS docked to ISS !

Today at 10:27 GMT Progress-MS docked into ISS after two days of performing rendezvous. Spacecraft performed docking procedure without any problems and this time Kurs-NA docking navigation system worked well (during docking on 15 December 2015, problems with Kurs-NA caused necessity of manual docking). On picture above You can see multiple details of Progress' docking…
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Monday spacewalk became milk run, all EVA objectives completed !

Astronauts Scott Kelly and Tim Kopra could be satisfied yesterday - all objectives for their spacewalk were completed as planned. Punctually at 12:45 GMT both astronauts were outside the ISS and starting to move towards jammed platform of Canadarm2. Objective was clear - repair platform to let it move to latch and lock in correct position.…
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Falcon-9 1.2v became history !

Mission postponed from 21 December 2015 to obtain additional 10% of chance for success entered to history of space conquest. Falcon-9 1.2v started its career as first rocket launch vehicle with tested and proven reusable technology. Just ten seconds ago first stage landed on deployed grids on Landing Zone - 1 in Cape Canaveral. Second stage is…
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Progress-MS launched !

Busy Monday morning in Baikonur Cosmodrome - Progress with supplies for ISS launched on atop Soyuz-2.1a. ISS does not exist without supplies provided by spacecrafts. This time, just before Christmas, Progress spacecraft was launched at 08:44 GMT from launch site 31/6. This mission would not be special, if not the fact of utilizing for the first time…
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Tomorrow’s ISS spacewalk confirmed !

NASA confirmed officially that tomorrow members of ISS crew will perform spacewalk. Management of ISS decided that Commander Scott Kelly and Flight Engineer Tim Kopra will try to fix blocked rail platform with Canadarm2 robotic arm. Lasting 3 to 3.5 hours spacewalk will start at 13Ł10 GMT. It will be third spacewalk for Scott Kelly (EV1,…
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Stratolaunch without final conception

Stratolaunch, competitive project to Virgin SpaceShipTwo or more to LauncherOne, after almost five years of development probably will change its final shape. It is possible that Paul Allen (Microsoft co-founder and founder of Vulcan Inc. and Stratolaunch Systems) will be forced to reinstall engines back into his two Boeing 747 from picture above. Conception of…
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Busy time before Christmas – surprizing EVA for servicing ISS

It seems that crew on International Space Station will spent time before Christmas not on the wrapping presents. NASA announced on 18 December 2015 about necessity of spacewalk performed on ISS. It is not planned EVA - after last spacewalk for repair cooling system of the ISS (which took place on 6 November, 2015 -…
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Thales Alenia Space wins contract worth €402 million

End of this year seems good for Thales Alenia Space. After signing agreement with O3B for additional satellites (You can read about it here), just before Christmas, Thales Alenia Space gets another contract, worth even more. Thales Alenia Space will again participate in Copernicus program. Company will for sure use their experience during first series of Copernicus satellites…
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Soyuz mission finished – Galileo satellites positioned correctly! !

ESA success with next Galileo satellites - final tracking data from two launched today confirmed that from now Galileo constellation reach twelve satellites. It was 1852nd mission of Soyuz rocket, this time from launch site of Guiana Space Center. Soyuz-2.1b after finishing fueling the tanks was waiting for start with two satellites of Galileo navigation system: FM-08…
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