Monthly Archives: October 2016

First glide flight of VSS Unity already tomorrow !

Just after two years from tragic flight of VSS Enterprise, Virgin Galactic is going to perform test flight of their second SpaceShipTwo-class spaceplane tomorrow. According to Spacenews.com, Virgin Galactic is going to finish lasting two years period without flights of their spaceplane and return to test flights campaign. After disaster of VSS Enterprise on 31…
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Soyuz MS-01 on Earth !

Russian manned spacecraft Soyuz MS-01 left today at night docking port of Rassvet module and took course on Earth. Sunday morning Kate Rubins, Anatoly Ivanishin and Takuya Onishi were already on Earth ! Finally members of Expedition 49 reached Earth after spending 115 days and 1840 orbits in space. This mission will also remembered as…
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Problems with Juno just before flyby

NASA space probe Juno, remaining in space since 2011, performed course correction maneuver after not too lucky flyby on October 19, and will conduct next scheduled flyby close to Jupiter on 11th December 2016. Juno, which remains on Jupiter orbit since July 4, 2016, is still at the moment on long orbit. It makes possible visiting Jupiter…
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Android in space – first mission of Federation spacecraft in 2021

Roscosmos is planning to use their Federation spacecraft for unmanned mission in 2021. Spacecraft is still under development, just as second part of Vostochny Cosmodrome, where first mission of Federation will start. Federation, along with Angara launch vehicle and Vostochny Cosmodrome are fundaments of Russian space program after transformation of Federal Space Agency Roscosmos on…
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ILS with first contract for medium version of Proton rocket

International Launch Services, American-Russian joint venture Company which offers Proton rockets launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, announced on October 12, 2016, that they have signed first contract for their new launch vehicle. ILS announced officially, that have signed first contract for using their planned medium version of Proton-M rocket. This launch vehicle is at the moment…
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MUOS-5 is getting close to its orbit

After problems with main propulsion, American military communication satellite seems to have had speed up and is reaching end of its orbital journey to designated orbit. MUOS-5 was launched on June 24, 2016 on atop of Atlas V (551) from Cape Canaveral SLC-41. Satellite was last, backup unit, from series of five communication satellites developed…
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First satellite deployed from Tiangong-2 !

Two Chinese astronauts Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong deployed on October 22, 2016 at 23:31 GMT (07:31 local time), first satellite deployed from Tiangong-2 space station. It was second from series of special purpose satellites used for monitoring vehicles in space. This small satellite will be important source of information on condition of Tiangong-2 and…
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OA-5 berthed to ISS !

S.S. Alan Pointdexter, first Cygnus spacecraft launched on atop of Antares rocket after two years break, finally reached International Space Station. It was lucky flight for Orbital ATK - Cygnus returned for operating with its launch vehicle, Antares 230 rocket after two years of using Atlas V rocket. In spite of delay of the launch…
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End of the EDM – ESA confirmed failed landing

EDM lander deployed from Trace Gas Orbiter on October 16, 2016, should perform gently touch down somewhere on 4710 square kilometers elliptical landing zone at Meridiani Planum on October 19. According to present news from ESA, lander reached landing zone, but later it probably crashed after preliminary deployment from conical shaped upper part of heat shield…
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ISS welcomes Expedition 50 !

After two days of space journey Soyuz MS-02 finally reached International Space Station. Docking of Soyuz MS-02 with commander Sergey Ryzhikov, flight engineer Andrei Borisenko of Roscosmos along with NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough, was planned after 48 hours of space travel. Prolonged time of travel to International Space Station was forced by tests of internal systems…
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