Monthly Archives: August 2016

Sentinel-1A after collision with piece of the space debris

ESA reported about direct contact with space debris of their radar satellite operating under Copernicus program. Incident took place on August 23, 2016, at 17:07 GMT. Very small piece of space debris hit into solar panel of Sentinel-1A satellite remaining on around 693 km circular orbit with inclination at 98.18°. Effects of the direct hit were…
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Indian Scramjet engine finally tested during flight !

ISRO, Indian space agency, achieved next milestone after successful test of their RLV (Reusable Launch Vehicle-Technology Demonstrator) vehicle conducted on May 23, 2016. This time prototypes of scramjet engine were launched on atop of rocket booster from Satish Dhawan Space Centre on August 28, 2016. This is important step in the whole program of development first…
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Russian plans for Sea Launch

Joint venture company Sea Launch (established in 1995 by Norway, Russia, Ukraine and the USA) after hard times being result of generally bad political situation between Ukraine (provider of the Zenit rockets) and Russia seemed to be doomed to bankruptcy. Now it seems that there is chance to keep ultimate sea platform for launching rockets to…
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CRS-9 Dragon returned after 37 days in space !

SpaceX Dragon, unmanned cargo spacecraft, returned yesterday from LEO orbit where it has spent over one month docked to Earth facing Harmony module of International Space Station. It was end of the CRS-9 mission, which covered among others delivering to ISS 2257 kg of supplies, including weighing almost half ton International Docking Adapter. After extracting…
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Intelsat-33E and Intelsat-36 delivered to space during VA232 !

On August 24, 2016 at 22:17 GMT Ariane 5 rocket lifted off from Guiana Space Center in its 231st flight, with two communication satellites under payload fairing: Intelsat-33E by Boeing and Intelsat-36 by SSL. Both spacecraft will enhance offer of American Intelsat Company over Europe, Africa and South Asia. It was fourth launch by Arianespace in…
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ISS after course correction !

International Space Station is after another orbit change, last one before planned for 7th September undocking of the Soyuz TMA-20M manned spacecraft with members of Expedition 48. Departure of the Soyuz TMA-20M is planned to release free space for Soyuz MS-02 planned to be launched with Expedition 49 members: Sergey Ryzhikov (commander) and Andrei Borisenko (first…
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Roscosmos is still cutting budget

Russia will probably limit number of cosmonauts on ISS in 2017 from three to two. According to TASS news agency, Russia is going to put limit on number of cosmonauts remaining on International Space Station in following years. TASS is quoting part of the interview given to Russian Izviestia, by Sergei Krikalev, who is director of…
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IDA installed after lasting almost six hours spacewalk

Two NASA astronauts: Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineer Kate Rubins supported by JAXA astronaut Takuya Onishi literally opened door for next phase of commercial space conquest during lasting 5 hours 58 seconds EVA performed on last Friday. Installing International Docking Adapter was originally planned for 2015, but it was postponed due the disaster of Falcon-9…
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GSSAP-3 and GSSAP-4 already in space !

United Launch Alliance acquired next success. 359th flight of the Delta IV Medium+ (4,2) finished with planned deploying of two observation satellites for U.S. Government. Launch of the Delta IV with two GSSAP satellites under 4 m payload fairing was performed from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral AFS. Punctually on August 19 at…
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Get ready for AFSPC-6 !

Next mission covering delivering to orbit two Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP, also known as GEO-SSAP) satellites is getting close. Rocket will start at 04:47 GMT on 19th August 2016. United Launch Alliance as launch service provider decided to use Space Launch Complex 37 (at Cape Canaveral AFS) and their reliable Delta IV rocket in this…
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