Monthly Archives: July 2016

Next RS-25 fire test, this time without issues

Last test of RS-25 engine number 0528 was performed on July 14 and as it was announced, it was terminated due the problems with one of the connectors part of the Advanced Health Management System. This test, just as the previous one, was performed at NASA engine testing facility in Stennis, Mississippi on A-1 test stand.…
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H-IIB already on its way to Tanegashima Space Center

JAXA is continuing arrangements for planned for 30th September 2016 17:16 UTC launching their cargo spacecraft with supplies for International Space Station. H-IIB F6 rocket started yesterday its journey on boat from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries facility in Tobishima to Tanegashima Space Center. Ship will reach Tanegashima on 1st August, where rocket will be delivered to assembling facility for unpacking, tests…
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Project of Iranian spacecraft entered new phase

After 3 years delay of Iranian program of sending man into space reached next level of development after finishing conceptual design phase. Unfortunately along with that date of launching manned vehicle was moved in time. On June 22, 2016, in Tehran, Iranian scientists working for ISA (Iranian Space Agency) finished successfully first phase of development of their…
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Next phase of Dream Chaser in flight tests will start soon

It is important moment for Sierra Nevada Corporation and whole CRS2 program. Full scale test model of their Dream Chaser spacecraft will enter soon next phase of flight tests. According to Sierra Nevada yesterday Dream Chaser became ready to be transported for next flight tests necessary to pass certification for missions under Commercial Resupply Services 2…
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ExoMars TGO/Schiaparelli after course correction

Mars probe sent as a result of cooperation of ESA and Roscosmos performed yesterday successful course correction necessary for continuing mission according to plan. Maneuver was performed on July 28, 2016 at 09:30 GMT after Mission Control Center in Korolev sent command to start main engine of TGO remaining 83 million kilometers from Earth; support and additional…
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NROL-61 launched !

We are just after third in this year launching of secret payload y United Launch Alliance for National Reconnaissance Office. Again NRO left much space for assumptions regarding characteristic of the payload covered with 4 meter fairing of Atlas V. Atlas V was launched from Cape Canaveral SLC-41; rocket was rolled out after assembling and payload…
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Rosetta became a single…

Communication system on Rosetta was switched off today after 19 months since first in history soft landing on comet surface performed on 12 November 2014.  One of the most recognized mission by ESA in recent years is definitely coming to its end. After announcing by European Space Agency on June 30, 2016, about setting date…
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Boeing CST-100 reaching next milestone – thrusters after hot fire tests !

Manufacturer of the propulsion system of future manned spacecraft delivering astronauts to International Space Station under CCDev NASA program, Aerojet Rocketdyne, had already finished hot fire tests of engines, which will power Boeing CST-100. As we know Boeing flagship is part of the contract with NASA for creating next generation manned spacecraft. Program is known widely…
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PAZ launch cancelled, Spain is breaking contract with ISC Kosmotras

Spanish military reconnaissance satellite PAZ, which should be launched this year, probably would not reach space for a longer period of time. Spanish side officially cancelled contract with Russian ISC Kosmotras due the multiple delays of the launch.  PAZ (and second satellite contracted in same time, INGENIO) was Spanish military satellite designed to utilize SAR radar to…
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NROL-61 is getting close !

Next mission with classified payload to support national security of United States Of America by United Launch Alliance; launch date of NROL-61 mission is getting close, payload still is covered with secret; although we can take a closer look on launch vehicle, weather forecast and gossips and assumes on character of the payload. Launch is…
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