Monthly Archives: January 2016

North Korea rocket test – is there any reason to be afraid ?

According to Reuters there are reasons to predict rocket test in North Korea. It seems that authorities of North Korea opened season for arms race activities. After fourth nuclear test performed on 6 January 2016 and firing seven short range surface-to-air missiles on 29 January 2016 North Korea is going to show its space capabilities. Western…
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ILS success – Eutelsat-9B launched, EDRS became reality

Yesterday, from Baikonur Cosmodrome, on atop of Proton rocket new Eutelsat-9B satellite was launched. It is not only mission of new communication satellite - it is also beginning of independent European data relay system - EDRS. Proton rocket lifted off punctually at 22:20 GMT from launch site LC200/39 in Baikonur Cosmodrome.  After two minutes thirty…
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New vision of reusable launch vehicle from Australia

Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk have different visions of reusability of their launch vehicles but objective is virtually same - reducing costs and time needed for preparing rocket for next launch. Heliaq Advanced Engineering and the University of Queensland have other vision and first successes was already achieved. Australian company Heliaq in cooperation with University of Queensland…
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Intelsat-29E successfully lifted on 27 January 2016 during Ariane 228th flight!

Yesterday, on 23:21 GMT Ariane 5 rocket lifted payload for the first time on 2016. Under fairing of Ariane, new Intelsat satellite started its travel from launch site ELA-3 in French Guiana to designated orbit. It was first mission of Ariane 5 this year and also quite specific comparing to other Ariane commercial space flights. Usually payload space…
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Sentinel satellites stays in Airbus – ESA has chosen contractor for Copernicus spacecrafts

Yesterday, on 26 January 2016 Airbus Defence and Space signed contract with European Space Agency for designing and manufacturing two additional satellites under Copernicus program.  Copernicus is European Earth observation program which is under constant development since 1998. At the beginning known as Global Monitoring for Environmental Security (GMES) became Copernicus in 2012. Program is ESA…
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Every action causes reaction – new agreement between China and Saudi Arabia

Russian space industry is seeking new markets. Just like Chinese-the question is which will win in Saudi Arabia. On 22 January 2016, during The International Conference on Remote Sensing in Riyadh, King Salman and Chinese President Xi Jinping sign agreement for launching new Saudi Arabian satellite, Saudisat-5B. Under this agreement, Saudisat-5B remote sensing satellite will be launched on…
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New Orbital ATK rocket announced !

It is possible that in following years Orbital ATK will present new medium rocket as a competition for SpaceX and ULA. Orbital ATK is targeting to take some part from NROL missions market. On 14 January 2016 Orbital ATK announced about their plans for new EELV rocket; it should not be surprising after US Air Force…
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Diwata-1 satellite will be deployed from ISS on April 2016

Third Philippine satellite will be deployed from International Space Station Kibo module on April 2016 according to Department of Science and Technology (DOST). Diwata-1 is result of the cooperation between DOST, University of the Philippines, Hokkaido University and Tohoku University. Satellite was designed under program by Hokkaido University and Tohoku University which assumes launching fifty remote sensing nanosatellites until 2050. Main objective of program is using…
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Next Success of New Shepard !

As it was mentioned couple hours ago, Blue Origin performed next attempt of launching and landing of New Shepard.  Blue Origin was focused on simple, relatively affordable and reusable launch vehicle for space touristic. Its variant of reusable technology was as simple as possible-its success was not so spectacular like first landing of SpaceX Falcon-9…
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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 Space.com, 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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