Monthly Archives: September 2016

Reaction Engines and SABRE – will we see SABRE in regular jet planes before adopting it to Skylon ?

British company Reaction Engines Limited based in Oxfordshire announced about plans for creating scaled version of their SABRE engine especially for test and potentially commercial purposes. Reaction Engines is in a clear upward phase of its development. Company after years of independent developing SABRE technology, which in simple words gives opportunity for using atmospheric air as oxidizer…
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Soyuz MS-02 with new launch date !

TASS news agency announced about setting new launch date for delayed Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft, which was originally planned for September 23 from Baikonur Cosmodrome. The news was unofficial and was given for the first time to public by Russian TASS news agency on September 26, 2016. Source, which was quoted by TASS, claimed, that MS-02, will be…
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Waiting for Musk – will we got anything new from SpaceX CEO?

Today is big day for Elon Musk - CEO of SpaceX promised on April 2016 to unveil during 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara more details about his plans of Mars colonization. Information about today was given when Musk announced on Facebook profile of SpaceX, that Company set date of first mission to Mars for 2018.…
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PSLV delivered to orbit 8 satellites during its 37th flight !

This is how it should be done! ISRO launched on 26th September 2016 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, their PSLV rocket with number of satellites under the payload fairing. Fifth mission of PSLV in 2016 was completed successfully and eight satellites are on their correct designated orbits. Launched conducted on 26th September was planned mainly for…
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Rapid reaction Chinese rockets in 2016 and 2017 !

As it was announced by Xinhua news agency on March 2016, China would like to extend their range of launch vehicles of light rockets launch from mobile platform called Kuaizhou. First news on Kuaizhou-11 mentioned about first launch in late 2016 with. Now, according to People's Daily Online, first launch is set for early 2017,…
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Astro-H replacement in 2020 !

It is highly possible that JAXA will decide to create in the cooperation with NASA replacement for lost Hitomi (Astro-H) satellite. According to Twitter profile of Naoki Okumura, President of JAXA, Agency already requested for additional funds for Astro-H2, replacement of Astro-H,  in next, 2017 fiscal year (in Japan fiscal year lasts from  1 April to…
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North Korean rocket engine ground test – Is DPRK getting ready for next launch ?

North Korea announced about successful ground test of their latest rocket engine. Lasting over three minutes test was performed on September 20, 2016. According to Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) test was conducted by National Aerospace Development Administration at Sohae Satellite Launching Station. Trial assumed verifying technical solutions used in combustion chamber, valves of the propellant system,…
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Soyuz MS-02 with possible new launch date

Russian Soyuz MS-02 manned spacecraft, with launch date planned for 23rd September 2016, suffers over one month of delay. It seems that International Space Station will remain with only three crew members for whole October. It seems that repositioning of International Space Station performed with utilization of Progress MS-02 on 11th September was a bit…
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MUOS-5 after slight orbit change with issue with propulsion still unsolved

Well known problems with propulsion of United States Navy communication satellite MUOS-5 are still not explained even after performing visual inspection by one of the GSSAP satellites. Since first problems with MUOS-5 were reported to public in July 2016, U.S. Navy has been trying to solve mysterious issue with propulsion. To remind: MUOS-5, representing next generation…
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