Monthly Archives: March 2016

Progress-MS 66P launched !

Today Roscosmos launched first Progress supply spacecraft to International Space Station. It was announced that mission is successful, robotic spacecraft is continuing flight to ISS. Punctually at 16:23:57 GMT Soyuz-2.1A started its engines in Baikonur Cosmodrome. Rocket core propulsion was started along with four boosters and Soyuz-2.1a started to lift over LC-31 in Baikonur Cosmodrome. Four RD107 engines and…
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Progress undocked before next resupply mission

On 30 March 2016 Progress 61P undocked from International Space Station to release free space for next resupply Progress spacecraft. Progress 61P remained docked since October 1, 2016, and left Zvezda module with load of trash and unnecessary equipment. It performed successful undocking on 30 March 2016 at 14:15:30 GMT (it was 24 hours later then it was originally planned…
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Astro-H still tumbles, communication attempts failed

JAXA still is not able to recover communication with their Astro-H satellite. According to latest statement from 29 March 2016 published on official JAXA site, Astro-H is still tumbling and remains out of control of ground control centers. Two attempts of contacting with satellite were unsuccessful; first was performed by Uchinoura control station. This station…
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Roscosmos plans for new space station

Due the fact that International Space Station will reach to the end of its operational life in 2028, Roscosmos unveils different plans for replacing ISS. Recent concept refers to space station designed and operated only by Roscosmos - now idea has changed. Considered as Russian replacement for ISS and planned for starting on 2031, OPSEK was…
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Surprise from China – 22nd Beidou satellite on orbit !

China launched on Tuesday, 29 March 2016, their next navigation satellite to support development of Beidou navigation system. CNSA is not slowing down and still gives impressive pace in competition on navigation system market. Yesterday on 29 March 2016 punctually at 20:11 GMT, CNSA launched on atop of Long March 3A rocket their next Beidou…
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Vostochny ready for first launch and for the long holidays

Vostochny cosmodrome, most impressive investment of Russian space industry in recent years, at last became ready for the first launch. Unfortunately it will be first and last launch before over one year period of suspending launches from Vostochny. It seems that Vostochny Cosmodrome will be fully operational not in 2016 but in 2017 or even 2018. First…
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Astro-H started to generate debris !

Remaining silent Japanese X-ray observation satellite Astro-H generates debris; chances for the resumption of communication are low. According to Joint Space Operations Center tweet, problems with Astro-H are not only connected with communication problems. In spite of fact, that Astro-H is not responding to ground control station, satellite started to generate debris. For the first time it was spotted…
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New logo of Polish Space Agency

Established in 2014, Polish Space Agency got new logo and still unchanged mission - extend presence of Poland on world space arena. Polish Space Agency (POLSA) was established on 26 September 2014 as government agency to support realization of strategic goals in terms of development of space and satellite technologies. It is cooperating with established in 1976, Space Research Centre of Polish…
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Astro-H lost communication with ground control center

Recently launched Japanese X-ray observation satellite lost communication with Earth on 26 March 2016 and its state is unknown. JAXA first bitter pill in 2016 - their hi-tech X-ray observation satellite designed for deep space observation seemed to not work as it was planned. Astro-H was launched on February 17, 2016 on atop H-IIA rocket…
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JAXA increases cooperation with UAE – new agreement already signed

JAXA and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, manufacturer of flagship Japanese rocket H-IIA, joined forces in seeking new market possibilities. On 22 March 2016 President of JAXA, Dr. Naoki Okumura and H.E Dr. Khalifa Mohammed Thani Al-Romaithi, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the UAESA (United Arab Emirates Space Agency) signed agreement which covers extending cooperation in space…
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