Monthly Archives: August 2017

Failed mission of the PSLV-XL with IRNSS-1H under the fairing

ISRO PSLV-XL rocket failed during its 39th flight - for the first time since first C1 mission in 1997. Today, on August 31, 2017 ISRO launched their PSLV-XL rocket from Satish Dhawan Space Center. Mission objective was delivering to orbit IRNSS-1H (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System) navigational satellite. Satellite should be deployed on 284 km x…
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Dream Chaser after captive carry test flight

Sierra Nevada Corporation announced on August 30, 2017, that successfully finished captive carry test flight of their Dream Chaser space plane. Dream Chaser developed under Space Act Agreement with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) started its pre-flight tests. First captive carry test flight was performed under Columbia Helicopters Model 234-UT Chinook at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research in California on…
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Echostar-21 after last tests before entering service

Echostar has finished all the necessary in-orbit tests before commissioning their latest communications satellite Echostar-21. Echostar-21 was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome on the top of the Proton-M rocket on July 7, 2017. Weighing 6900 kg satellite reached Geostationary Transfer Orbit as one of the heaviest payloads delivered to GTO by operated by ILS, Proton-M rocket. Satellite was…
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Interstellar Technologies plans in 2017 another test flight of Momo sounding rocket

Japanese company Interstellar Technologies confirmed that already in 2017 will perform another test flight of their sounding rocket "Momo". Interstellar Technologies is Japanese company with headquarter at Hokkaido, which history started in 1997. At the beginning Company was only non profit organisation of enthusiast with vision of creating small sounding rocket powered with in-house designed rocket engine. After…
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Russian inspection satellite reached first object

New experimental Russian satellite designed for inspecting spacecrafts remaining on their orbits performed first successful inspection. Satellite was launched inside special container installed at Kosmos-2519 satellite launched from from Pad 4 at Site 43 at Plesetsk Cosmodrome on June, 23 2017. Satellite was delivered on the top of the Soyuz 2-1v  rocket to 800 km orbit.…
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Orbital ATK Minotaur-4 delivers SkySat Earth (ORS-5) satellite to orbit

In the early morning hours on Friday, August 25, Orbital ATK Minotaur-4 rocket delivered to orbit military satellite and three experimental CubeSat satellites from Space Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Main objective of this mission was delivering to orbit experimental military satellite with ability of scanning GEO belts from low earth orbit…
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CREAM installed at EFU-2!

Today, on August 23,  Cosmic Ray Energetics and Mass Instrument was successfully installed at EFU-2 slot. CREAM, Cosmic Ray Energetics and Mass Instrument was delivered on August 14, 2017 inside not pressurized section of Dragon spacecraft, during CRS-12 mission. Device remained closed inside Dragon docked to Harmony module nadir berthing port. Instrument was send to ISS…
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Minotaur assembled at Cape Canaveral

Minotaur-4, converted ICBM missile, was successfully assembled at Launch Pad 46 at Cape Canaveral last Friday, August 19, 2017. Orbital ATK, operator of Minotaur-4, passed through assembly process at Launch Pad 46 last Friday. Rocket was delivered in parts and thanks to the fact, that rocket is solid fueled, assembling process was done safely directly…
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Russian cosmonauts after 7.5 h spacewalk !

Two Russian cosmonauts performed on August 17, 2017, spacewalk to deploy several nanosatellites collect scientific samples and perform necessary maintenance of the Station. Russian cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergei Ryazansky from Roscosmos performed on last Friday long spacewalk. According to Mission Control Center it lasted 7.5 hours, one hour longer than it was originally planned. Main objective…
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Falcon-9 with Formosat-5 after test fire

SpaceX successfully performed test fire before their next launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. SpaceX finished most important test before planned for August 24 2017 launch of the Taiwan’s National Space Organization observation satellite Formosat-5  - preflight test fire of the first stage of Falcon-9. Falcon-9 was rolled out to the  Space Launch Complex…
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