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Cygnus “record” launch from Cape Canaveral buttoned up!

NASA is utilizing every cubic centimeter and every gram of available payload capacity in every planned Cygnus mission. But first time in its history, Cygnus will lift such large payload. This mission will be exceptional not because of objective and payload (revealed amongst others in this post On 3rd December, Cygnus spacecraft named SS Deke Slayton II,…
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Space junk under control – first active debris cleaning mission on 2021

Space agencies are taking seriously problem of space debris. First active mission under ESA Cleanspace program is scheduled on 2021. Space debris was recognized as a problem at the very beginning of the Space Race. When first Soviet satellite was launched in 1957, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) started to compile Space Object Catalog - database of…
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The U.S. House of Representatives gave green light – H.R. 2262, the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act changed !

Commercial sector of space industry could breathe a sigh of relief. House of Representatives accepted amended version of H.R. 2262, the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act after short discussion, which was a reflection of last discussions from May 2015. It is well known that space exploration and space travels are still in its infancy. Especially commercial manned missions, which…
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Victory without a fight – ULA resigned from bidding in GPS III competition

United Launched Alliance announced about declining bidding in competition for launch service provider in GPS III missions. The heroes are tired - and defeats are not the factor that could change the fate. Boeing as part of ULA had already bad luck with third generation of GPS satellites. In 2008 Lockheed took over from Boeing in designing and manufacturing…
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Next launch of Blue Origin New Shepard already on 2015

Blue Origin Company responsible for project of New Shepard launch vehicle announced about next test launch before end of 2015. Blue Origin Company is one of less known in space industry. It was founded in 2000 by Jeff Bezos, creator of It is interesting convergence with SpaceX which was founded by Elon Musk also…
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Own path of development – Israeli Amos-6 communication satellite scheduled on 2016

Israel in spite of short modern history of the state has significant contribution in world space industry development. First space focused organization was established in Israel on 1960. It was National Committee for Space Research, working under Tel-Aviv University. Main goal of Committee was intensification of cooperation and intellectual exchange between Israeli academic centers. First rocket was…
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DARPA ideas for stealth launches – ALASA confirmed for 2016

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is still in schedule with Airborne Launch Assist Space Access (ALASA).  After failure of Super Strypi, one of DARPA programs for high mobility launching system for small and micro satellites, Airborne Launch Assist Space Access (ALASA) is still waiting for first launches in 2016. Idea of airborne launch system is positively…
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Getting new toys for Christmas – ULA is going to modify rockets for NRO

National Reconnaissance Office is one of significant customers for ULA. Close cooperation still tightens. United States Air Force is going to sign contract with United Launch Alliance for modification of two rockets. It is known that at stake are  Atlas V (421)with four meter long fairing (mainly used for large satellites for example Orion satellite with launch planned on 27th…
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Thales Alenia Space wins new market – contract with Bangladesh signed

Thales Alenia Space is consolidating position on world market of space industry by putting another customer into portfolio. Thales Alenia Space is well known of their potential and experience in manufacturing advanced military and civilian satellites. Since stablishing in 2005 it is still developing its potential and increasing sales on the market. TAS is looking…
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Return of the pioneering solution – Pegasus mission scheduled on 2016

Orbital ATK has scheduled mission utilizing their first launch system, Pegasus. It will lift to LEO orbit satellite under Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) program. Launch is planned for October 2016. After three years of pause in Pegasus mission, Orbital ATK will utilize their air-launched rocket in commercial mission. It will be, contracted with NASA,…
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