Monthly Archives: February 2016

Third SES-9 launch attempt not successful – current status “TBD”

SpaceX and SES-9 are really bad luck - third launch attempt was halted due the problems with LOX temperature just before lift-off. SES-9, launch cancelled - it starting to sound like deja vu. Again mission was aborted, but this time it seemed that engines will not even start. Next launch window was not announced, SpaceX…
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ALTAIR – European smallsat launch vehicle program under French leadership

European Union and Switzerland are going to participate in budget of new venture for reusable space launch vehicle designed especially for nano and small satellites. General trend in space industry for developing alternative solutions for lift small satellites for less found understanding in Europe. Under European program of technology innovation, European Horizon 2020, new project founded…
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Antares already in first half of 2016

Good news from Orbital ATK - their Antares rocket should be ready for OA-5 mission of Cygnus cargo spacecraft scheduled for 31st May 2016. Antares rocket remains official competitor of Falcon-9 in commercial resupply missions under CRS agreement between NASA, Orbital ATK and SpaceX. After last failed launch, performed on 28 October 2014 from Wallops Flight Facility, in…
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SpaceX busy schedule – Telesat launches already booked for 2018

One of signs of strong position of any launch service provider is number of scheduled launches. If we take a look on SpaceX, keeping this thought in mind, it should not be surprising why Elon Musk's company is still one of the leaders on space market. Telesat, broadcasting company based in Ottawa, Canada, announced about signing…
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Something gone wrong – issues with Falcon-9 1.2V

SpaceX decided to postpone launch of their flagship, Falcon-9 1.2V, for another day. Still SpaceX will try to perform landing of the first stage on their robotic ship on Atlantic Ocean. Short post on Twitter is rather standing in the opposition to open information policy of SpaceX. We know only what was announced in enigmatic…
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Falcon-9 1.2V launch with SES-9 in two hours from Cape Canaveral AFS

SpaceX after postponing launch from 24 February 2016 decided to launch Falcon-9 1.2v today on 23:46 GMT. SES-9 is broadcasting satellite operated by Luxembourg company SES S.A.. It was made by Boeing with utilization of 702HP bus and equipped with XIPS - electric ion thruster and very efficient powering system. Satellite will be placed into orbit at 108.2° longitude east…
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Aggiesat4 and Bevo-2 operating as planned after being deployed from ISS

Next successful deployment of small satellites from International Space Station - Low Earth Orbiting Navigation Experiment for Spacecraft Testing Autonomous Rendezvous and Docking (LONESTAR) started ! MEI Technologies, NASA contractor and technology partner for LONESTAR confirmed correct operating of Aggiesat-4 and Bevo-2, two experimental satellites which were built by students of Texas A&M University (Aggiesat) and…
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GSLV Mark 3 keeps the schedule – launch planned for December 2016 confirmed

It is not necessary to convince anybody in space industry about potential in ISRO and Indian space industry. If anyone could have any doubts now it should disappear. ISRO finished ground tests of their new cryogenic engine for third stage for GSLV launch vehicle. ISRO is still developing own launch vehicles to remain competitive not only because of…
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DARPA budget request under sign of scramjets

DARPA is still considering scramjet propulsion, with particular emphasis of universal turbojet-scramjet type, as future for missiles and space vehicles. It is not very hard to spot difference between technologies and general trends in USA civilian and military. It is result of different perspectives of NASA and US Air Force, different objectives and different methods…
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Green light for WFIRST

NASA has green light for developing project of new space telescope based on NRO spy satellite. WFIRST acronym stands for Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope and is NASA program for wide-field sky observation devoted especially to research on dark energy and exoplanets. Developed since 2010 space, telescope is designed as medium spacecraft with weight around 6000 kg, powered by solar…
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