Monthly Archives: March 2017

Reusable technology with first full success !

It is not hard to write simple summary of the SES-10/Falcon-9 mission; SpaceX managed to show that reusable technology is not a myth. It was second launch of first stage of Falcon-9 rocket which managed to land on drone ship for the second time in its service history. This is true success of this mission in spite…
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Two landing zones chosen – another step into ExoMars 2020

European Space Agency and Roscosmos decided about designating two landing zones of future lander and rover send under ExoMars in 2020. Two days ago on Tuesday, 28 march ESA announced about another step to ExoMars 2020. Agency decided to designate two landing zones, where possibly will land lander with martian rover onboard. Both places were…
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Cygnus OA-7 mission delayed for at least two weeks

Launch was originally planned to March 9, but it was already postponed two times. Previously delay was caused by problems with one from hydraulic subsystems of the booster; ULA announced that Cygnus should be delivered to orbit on March 27. Now it seems that SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral will not be in use for at…
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Ariane 5 launch will be probably possible in April

These, who thought, that Ariane 5 mission with codename VA-236 will be possible In March probably underestimated strength of French unions in French Guiana. Flight with two communications satellites, SDGC and Koreasat-7 on the top was planned originally for last week. Unfortunately rolled out of the rocket and delivering to launch pad from assembling facility was not…
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Fourth EVA already begun !

Two astronauts begun their first from series of three spacewalks planned for following weeks. Today Shane Kimbrough (NASA, four EVAs in career) and Thomas Pesquet (one EVA in career) started first from two planned spacewalks planned for following days. They started their EVA  from Quest Airlock. Planned for 6.5 hours spacewalk covers following objectives: Replacing outside Multiplexers/Demultiplexers…
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VA236 postponed again

Strike of workers at Guiana Space Center caused already one day of delay to scheduled for this week launch of Ariane 5 with SGDC and Koreasat-7 communications satellites. Now it appeared that management and unions failed to agree and mission slips to Thursday or even later. Arianespace, Company which is operator of Ariane 5 and is…
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North Korea after another ICBM missile test

North Korea after test fire of their latest rocket engine performed on Saturday performed trial of prototype of ICBM missile. It was another part of clear message for USA and their allies, that North Korea is strong enough to continue development of their space and rocket program in spite of sanctions and embargos. On Saturday…
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ExoMars starts orbital manueuver

The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, spacecraft launched by Roscosmos and ESA which arrived Mars orbit in October 2016, is going to change its orbit. It will reduce altitude and will start lasting another 12 months process of aerobraking to reduce speed and reach orbit with altitude of 400 km using for this minimal amount of…
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Busy weekend in space – WGS-9 launched, Dragon unberthed

It was busy time for NASA, SpaceX and United Launch Alliance. ULA managed to deliver to orbit WGS-9 military communications satellite on the top of the Delta IV, NASA and SpaceX performed successfully unberthing of Dragon cargo spacecraft from International Space Station. Launch of Delta IV was planned as part of program of updating communications…
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