Monthly Archives: June 2017

Will NASA use Soyuz manned flights after 2020 ?

According to latest news given by TASS news agency we can expect that even after introducing two new manned spacecrafts, NASA will probably keep using Soyuz spacecraft for delivering astronauts to International Space Station. It seems that this confirms previous gossips from the late 2016, that both new manned Dragon by SpaceX and CST-100 by Boeing…
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Busy weekend for SpaceX

Two Falcon-9 rockets reached space during last weekend and delivered ten Iridium satellites and first Bulgarian GEO communications satellite, BulgariaSat-1. It was pretty hard weekend for SpaceX. Two launches contracted for two different companies with two different payloads and from two different launch sites were surely exhausting for launch team specialists. SpaceX managed to show…
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PSLV-XL delivered CartoSat-2E satellite to orbit

Indian PSLV-XL launch vehicle managed to deliver to orbit CartoSat-2E and 30 satellites as secondary payload after flawless launch conducted from Satish Dhawan Space Center. This mission was fourth launch conducted by ISRO in 2017. Mission of PSLV was planned for 03:59 UTC; main objective was delivering Cartosat-2E satellite to Sun Synchronous Orbit to altitude of 505…
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Tianzhou-1 performs rendez vous with Tiangong-2

After refueling finished last week, this time Tianzhou-1 robotic cargo spacecraft and Tiangong-2 space station separated for five hours to perform rendez vous maneuver. Tianzhou-1 conducted correct separation yesterday. Maneuver was performed completely without any engagement from Earth - both Tianzhou-1 and Tiangong-2 were relying only on their onboard computers during whole process. After releasing bolts…
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Long March 3B failed, Chinasat-9A remains on lower orbit

Long March 3b suffered for some kind of problems during last launch. CNSA admitted on Monday that their latest satellite launched on the top of the Long March 3B rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center on June 18, 2017, remains on lower orbit that it was previously planned. It was officially confirmed that satellite was delivered…
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Bulgariasat-1 postponed to Friday

SpaceX decided to postpone launch of Falcon-9 with Bulgariasat-1 communications satellite from today to at least Friday, 23rd June. Official statement was given yesterday - SpaceX decided to move back for four days launch of first Bulgarian  GEO communications satellite which was planned for today from LC-39 launch site at Kennedy Space Center. Official reason…
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ChinaSat-9A delivered to orbit three days after launch of HXMT !

Today from the LC2 launch complex at Xichang Satellite Launch Center. Launch of Zhongxing-9A (also designated ChinaSat-9A) at 16:08 UTC Long March-3B/G2 delivered to orbit new communications satellite for the China Satellite Communications Co. Ltd. ChinaSat-9A (mass at 5100 kg) is also known as the Zhongxing-9A and was developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology…
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Second refueling of Tiangong-2 finished !

Tiangong-2 orbital space station passed through successful refueling done by first Chinese robotic cargo spacecraft - Tianzhou-1. First refueling was already performed on April 27, 2017. Remaining docked to Tiangong-2 since 22 April 2017 robotic cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1 performed refueling procedure for the second time and transferred propellant to fuel tanks of the station. Process was…
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Huiyan delivered to orbit !

Chinese Space Agency achieved another milestone in their program of space exploration - Long March 4B delivered yesterday to orbit first orbital X-ray telescope designed and made in China. On June 15th at 03:00 UTC Chinese Long March 4B rocket took off from launch pad 603 at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center Launch Complex 43 with weighing…
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