Monthly Archives: January 2017

Dragon mission swapped with Echostar-23 !

Yesterday SpaceX said that the first Falcon 9 rocket which will be launched from will deliver to space Dragon cargo spacecraft instead Echostar-23 communications satellite.  Launch will be performed from rented two years ago Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on 15th February 2017 It will be first launch from Florida since explosion…
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Swarm-B after close pass near post soviet space debris

ESA decided to cancel maneuver planned for 25 January 2017 and let Swarm-B satellite to fly freely close to piece of space debris. Pieces of space debris from weighing around 3 t before self destructive explosion, post soviet Kosmos-375 ASAT satellite remains on orbit since 1970. Particle piece, which was considered as potential thread is…
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VSB-30 sounding rocket launched MAIUS-1 experiment

Brazilian sounding rocket VSB-30 launched on 23 January 2017 at 03:30 UTC German scientific experiment  MAIUS-1. Rocket was launched from Esrange Space Center in Sweden. It was 24th flight of VBS-30. MAIUS-1 is experiment by DLR, German space agency and covers test of the Einstein’s equivalence principle in microgravity. Rocket reached altitude of 238 km…
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H-IIA after first launch in 2017 – 32nd success achieved !

JAXA launched yesterday at 07:44 UTC first in 2017 H-IIA rocket. This time vehicle delivered to orbit military communications satellite DSN-2. This launch was part of whole program, which assumes to decreasing dependence of Japan  from foreign satellites specially in case of national security. DSN-2 satellite was launched to orbit by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIA…
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SBIRS-Geo-3 delivered to orbit during first ULA mission in 2017

United Launch Alliance Atlas V delivered to orbit yesterday latest Space Base Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite under contract with Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin signed in 2012. Satellite will be third in new constellation of early warning system against Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles. Originally planned for Thursday, 19 January (local time), mission was…
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Atlas V launch rescheduled for Saturday

United Launch Alliance, operator of Atlas V rocket, was forced at night to scrub and reschedule planned launch. Attempt of delivering to orbit SBIRS-Geo-3 satellite will be performed tomorrow at 00:42 UTC. Launch scrub was caused by an aircraft, which entered into restricted zone around launch site just four minutes before launch. Earlier, launch was…
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Problems with Galileo navigation system

ESA reported first problems with functioning their navigation system. Issues spotted already in 2017 are first serious problems since announcing start of Galileo Initial Services by European Commission on 15 December 2016. According to ESA, which coordinates and operates Galileo, at least four from eighteen satellites from present constellation of Galileo are affected with problem.…
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OSIRIS-REx after first deep space maneuver

NASA officially confirms that OSIRIS-REx space probe performed successfully first deep space maneuver (DSM-1). First Deep Space Maneuver (DSM-1) was performed on Dec. 28, 2016.  It was necessary to set up the probe on the correct course to perform an Earth gravity assist in September this year. Assist will begin lasting two years flight to…
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Last astronaut on the moon, Gene Cernan, dies at 82

Former astronaut Gene Cernan, second American who walk in space and astronaut who flew to the moon twice, last man standing on the the natural satellite of the Earth died yesterday in Houston. Gene Cernan, astronaut and Navy pilot died surrounded by family after long illness. He was 82 years. NASA announced about his death…
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Six CubeSat satellites deployed today from International Space Station

Crew members remaining inside ISS performed successful deployment of six CubeSat satellites today using J-SSOD deployment device. Operation started today at 09:11 UTC from deploying three CubeSats built by Japanese Universities from JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD). These were ITF-2, WASEDA-Sat-3 and FREEDOM. First two are based on 1U size standard (10 x 10…
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