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NASA awards ULA and SpaceX with contracts for launching Sentinel-6A and Landsat-9

NASA announced that awarder ULA and SpaceX with contracts for delivering to orbit two satellites in 2020 and 2021. NASA has selected launch service providers and announced about planned launch dates. SpaceX was awarded with contract for delivering Sentinel-6A mission in November 2020 from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. United Launch Alliance is going to launch…
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Successful launch of Soyuz-2.1a with Progress MS-07 on the top

After launch abort on October 12, 2017, Soyuz-2.1a finally managed to climb into the sky over the Baikonur Cosmodrome delivering to orbit Progress MS-07 robotic cargo spacecraft. Roscosmos still keeps silence on reasons for sudden launch abort performed seconds before igniting first stage of Soyuz-2.1a attempting to lift off from Baikonur Site 31 on Thursday…
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World View starts its stratospheric program

One of the leading remote sensing satellite operator, World View starts its program of stratospheric balloons able to deliver commercial payloads below Low Earth Orbit instead using sounding rockets. World View managed to successfully performed first from their planned series of balloon stratospheric flights on October 1, 2017. Test flight was performed from Spaceport Tucson in…
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Short rendezvous of Tianzhou-1 and Tiangong-2

Chinese first robotic cargo spacecraft which docked to Tiangong-2 space station on April 22, 2017, performed recently another test rendezvous. Spacecraft was launched from Wenchang Space Center LC-2 launch site on the top of the Long March 7 rocket over seven months after delivering Tiangong-2 to orbit on September 15, 2016. After docking performed two days…
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Interstellar Technologies plans in 2017 another test flight of Momo sounding rocket

Japanese company Interstellar Technologies confirmed that already in 2017 will perform another test flight of their sounding rocket "Momo". Interstellar Technologies is Japanese company with headquarter at Hokkaido, which history started in 1997. At the beginning Company was only non profit organisation of enthusiast with vision of creating small sounding rocket powered with in-house designed rocket engine. After…
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Russian inspection satellite reached first object

New experimental Russian satellite designed for inspecting spacecrafts remaining on their orbits performed first successful inspection. Satellite was launched inside special container installed at Kosmos-2519 satellite launched from from Pad 4 at Site 43 at Plesetsk Cosmodrome on June, 23 2017. Satellite was delivered on the top of the Soyuz 2-1v  rocket to 800 km orbit.…
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Soyuz-5 already in 2022 !

Remaining still in the early phase of development Soyuz-5 rocket seems to be universal solution for at least two problems for Russian space industry: upcoming retirement of Proton and lack of rocket which could be launched from Sea Launch see platform. According to official statement RCC Energia was selected as primary contractor for Soyuz-5 carrier…
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Electron disaster explained

Rocket Labs announced last Monday (August 7, 2017) about reasons for disaster of their Electron rocket "It’s a Test" during its maiden flight  performed on May 25, 2017 at New Zealand's Launch Complex 1 at Mahia Peninsula. First flight of 17 m long rocket (1.2 m of diameter) powered with nine Rutherford engines fueled RP-1/LOX…
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Next satellite arrives to Kourou

Another payload arrived to French Guiana to pass process of integration with Ariane 5 before mission planned for September 1st 2017.   Both satellites are already at Kourou. BSAT-4 joined Intelsat-37A today inside special cargo plane landed at Kourou airfield. BSAT-4 was designed and manufactured for Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT) by Space Systems Loral (SSL) to…
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SES returns to space with refurbished SpaceX’s booster

One of the main Spacex's Customers, Luxembourg based SES satellite operator, decided to contract next mission scheduled for Falcon-9 rocket with refurbished booster.  After success of the SES-10 mission which also involved Falcon-9 with refurbished first stage, SES decided to purchase another Falcon-9 with already used booster. The SES-10 satellite was launched on the top…
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