Monthly Archives: May 2016

Problems with Soyuz during launch of Glonass-M unveiled !

It seems that even most reliable rocket can be affected with "bad day" syndrome. According to TASS news agency during last launch of Soyuz-2.1B, which took place on May 29, 2016, some kind of problems appeared before separation of Fregat-M upper stage with the rocket. Due the unspecified anomaly, Fregat-M upper stage was forced to…
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Made in Ukraine – proposition for replacement of RD-180 from SSAU

Is it possible that Ukrainian space industry, which recently passed through rough time and was strongly affected with economic crisis, will beat Russian competitor on American market? Millions of USD granted for research and development to American companies surely will finally resolve lack of American rocket engine with comparable parameters to RD-180. But what is…
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SAGE III already this year inside Dragon spacecraft !

American launch service provider, SpaceX, announced on their Twitter profile about putting into launch schedule for 2016 delivering NASA SAGE III experiment to International Space Station. It is almost two years after first planned delivering date for SAGE III experiment. Originally scheduled for 2014 should be delivered during one of the first CRS missions contracted for…
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Long March 4B launched with Ziyuan-3-2 on atop

Today at 03:17 GMT Chinese launch vehicle Long March 4B lifted to orbit high resolution imaging satellite Ziyuan-3-2 along with two additional spacecrafts-two commercial Argentinian NuSat-1 & NuSat-2 imaging satellites.  Launch was planned and performed from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center’s LC9 launch platform. Rocket was launched punctually at 03:17 GMT with three spacecrafts under payload fairing: Chinese…
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Glonass-M delivered to orbit

Russian navigation satellite developed under Glonass system was launched today in the morning from Plesetsk cosmodrome. This mission was planned as second in 2016 launch of satellite from Glonass-M generation. Objective of the mission is to place satellite on 19132 km x 19158 elliptical orbit with inclination at 64.8° to improve capabilities of Glonass system…
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BEAM inflated and ready !

NASA scheduled for 28th May 2016 13:00 GMT another attempt of inflating Bigelow Expandable Activity Module. Module attached to Earthed facing Node III (Tranquility) berthing port of International Space Station is first in history habitable inflated module attached to space station. Success was achieved but with two attempts and prolonged time of inflating. Many hours of…
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Thaicom-8 launched, Falcon-9 on drone ship !

Yesterday SpaceX delivered to orbit Thaicom-8 communication satellite and performed successful landing on "Of course I love you" robotic ship. Is there anything more to show that reusable technology is pure success? Mission with Thaicom-8 was planned by SpaceX originally for the day before – to May 26, 2016. Launch was scrubbed at 21:48 GMT…
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Tomorrow next attempt of inflating BEAM !

We know something more- positive conclusions after teleconference with NASA and Bigelow Aerospace which took place today at 18:oo GMT. One we know for sure - BEAM is fine and probably problems during inflating which appeared yesterday are not serious. First of all during last night, BEAM which was still under slow inflating process started…
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Last three Cubesats for SLS unveiled !

Space Launch System, first modern American rocket able to lift payload beyond Earth orbit, will deliver during its maiden flight piggyback payload consisted of 13 Cubesat satellites. Ten places are booked by spacecrafts designed in USA, three places were provided for international partners. Now we know who won chance for putting Cubesat satellite into deep…
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BEAM inflating suspended !

Planned for today inflating BEAM expandable module by Bigelow Aerospace was suspended due the unrecognized problems with expanding module. BEAM shortcut stands for Bigelow Expandable Activity Module. It is experimental module developed by Bigelow Aerospace under partnership with NASA; result of this cooperation would be new technology which could be easily adopted for International Space…
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