Monthly Archives: April 2016

ULA launch rates knocked out by SpaceX pricing

 United Launch Alliance, for last three decades only launch service provider for GPS program, lost its position in favor to main competitor on the market. It is strange situation when present launch service provider is not joining contest for launching next generation GPS satellites and competitor captures the contract by default. It is surprising even more if we…
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Discussion on decommissioned American ICBMs started

Discussion on new idea for retired ICBMs will not be finished in first half of 2016. After Gen. John Hyten announcement given on 32nd Space Symposium (11-14 April 2016) about his idea of utilizing engines from retired ICBMs for commercial purposes like small launch vehicles, it was clear that it is not easy case and way to American Rokot will be…
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Good bye Hitomi !

JAXA had to reconcile with sad truth - Hitomi became space debris. This is surely not good news for all organizations, which were participating in Astro-H program, but mostly for JAXA. Their most significant research satellite, which was example of JAXA ability to design, manufacture and operate large and expensive research satellites, became useless before…
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Vostochny after its maiden mission !

This time Vladimir Putin was able to see how Soyuz-2.1a is lifting off and fly through clear sky to put into orbit three satellites: MVL-300, SamSat-218 and Ainst-2D. There was no place for second mistake during 1860th launch of Soyuz rocket. After postponing flight due the problems with cable connected to valve in fuel tank…
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Countdown for commercial Mars exploration started !

Elon Musk and his SpaceX announced on Facebook that their first Mars mission is planned for 2018. Maybe most surprising news in 2016 - SpaceX is targeting for 2018 with their first unmanned Mars mission. It means that only two years separate us from the moment when first commercial company will reach Mars with their…
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First from Vostochny Cosmodrome delayed

Tough beginning for Vostochny cosmodrome - countdown was interrupted, launch is delayed and date of next attempt is set for 28th April 2016. If someone missed great celebration of Roscosmos will soon have another chance. After interrupting countdown procedure of Soyuz-2.1a with MVL-300 satellite on atop at 02:00 GMT at T-90", first questions were about reasons…
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Sentinel-1B finally on orbit !

Fourth time was lucky for Arianespace and ESA. Sentinel-1B after breathtaking launch reached designated orbit and confirmed its perfect condition. Arianespace gave all of us beautiful spectacle with spectacular VS14 flight, first launch of the Soyuz-2.1a from Guiana Space Center in 2016. After two attempts were halted due the poor weather condition and third was…
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