Monthly Archives: June 2016

Sierra Nevada Corporation with Dream Chaser enters to international market !

According to previous information about possible offering Dream Chaser spaceplane on international markets, Sierra Nevada announced on June 28, 2016, about starting cooperation with United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). It seems that 2016 is lucky for Sierra Nevada Corporation. First, on January 2016, Company was chosen along with orbital ATK and SpaceX, as…
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Long March 4B launched with Shijian-16-2 on atop

China launched their experimental satellite Shijian-16-2 today from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. It is second Shijian-16 satellite-first was launched on October 25, 2013. It was 231st mission of Long March rocket. Again CNSA surprised us with launch of the rocket; this time launch was performed with technology demonstrator satellite on atop. Only information about planned launch…
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Cleaning or sabotage – questions on additional payload of Long March 7

Not many details were unveiled on payload of recently launched by China Long March 7 rocket. During its maiden flight, rocket delivered to orbit satellites and experimental scaled model of capsule for next generation manned spacecraft. Now Chinese sources are slowly giving more information about payload. Rocket was launched on June 25, 2016, from Wenchang…
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SLS booster motor fired and tested !

It seems that in quite short time PSLV and Ariane 5 will lose their supremacy in being equipped with largest solid fueled rocket engines. Please welcome the SLS solid fueled rocket booster motor by Orbital ATK! Second (first was performed in Utah in 2015) fire test was planned by Orbital ATK at 14:05 GMT but in the…
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Russian plans for future of Baikonur unveiled !

After maiden mission performed on April 28, 2016, from Vostochny cosmodrome, it seemed that it is matter of time when Baikonur Cosmodrome will pass to the history of Russian space exploration. Now probably this moment will be postponed to the future. Russian conception of extending possibilities of owned by Kazakhstan Baikonur Cosmodrome dates back in the…
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Sino-Russian cooperation in space-is it possible ?

Few decades ago it would be considered as a joke but in the present conditions it could be considered as reality. According to Russian sources, cooperation with China in joint development of new super heavy launch vehicles, which could be utilized during Moon mission, is more than possible. Both countries are developing own Moon exploration…
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Experimental capsule launched on atop of LM-7 returned to Earth !

CNSA can consider mission of the Long March 7 as full success. After launch, correct flight and deployment of the payload, Chinese space agency could put another thick in the box in LM-7 mission plan. Experimental capsule of future Chinese spacecraft returned successfully to Earth. Capsule landed on parachute on Badain Jaran Desert at 07:41 GMT…
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New life for Landsat-7 !

NASA designated Landsat-7 Earth observation satellite as objective for planned Restore-L mission. NASA is seriously planning robotic service mission on Low Earth Orbit. Since 2009 all NASA efforts which are referring to refueling, tuning or servicing satellites in space are developed by Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office (SSCO). This institution remaining inside NASA and is able to…
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Long March 7 launched !

Chinese Long March 7 rocket started its maiden mission from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center Launch Pad 201. Rocket was launched punctually at 12:00 GMT, although previous gossips that launch will be postponed to 13:30 GMT. According to Chinese media rocket delivered to orbit experimental model of capsule of new Chinese manned spacecraft along with one Aoxiang…
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MUOS-5 delivered to orbit, next success of ULA during their 108th mission !

Again full success of United Launch Alliance during next launch contracted for Department of Defense. Weighing 6740 kg next generation communication satellite MUOS-5 was delivered to designated orbit on atop of Atlas V (551) today from Cape Canaveral SLC-41. Today weather for launch was favorable and probability of launch was at 100%. Atlas V, supported with 5…
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