Monthly Archives: October 2017

Progress arrives to International Space Station

Progress MS-07 arrived with 2.7 t of cargo to International Space Station and docked successfully to Pirs nadir docking port. Progress MS-07 was launched from Launch Site 31/6 at Baikonur Cosmodrome on October 14, 2017 on the top of the Soyuz-2.1a rocket. After spending two days on orbit it reached International Space Station yesterday, on…
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NROL-52 classified GEo communications satellite delivered to orbit by Atlas V

United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket delivered for the fifth time in 2017 today to orbit classified spacecraft for National Reconnaissance Office after flawless launch from SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral. This launch was preceded by four not successful launch attempts which took place on October 5th, 6th, 7th and 14th. First two launch attempts were…
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Successful launch of Soyuz-2.1a with Progress MS-07 on the top

After launch abort on October 12, 2017, Soyuz-2.1a finally managed to climb into the sky over the Baikonur Cosmodrome delivering to orbit Progress MS-07 robotic cargo spacecraft. Roscosmos still keeps silence on reasons for sudden launch abort performed seconds before igniting first stage of Soyuz-2.1a attempting to lift off from Baikonur Site 31 on Thursday…
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Sentinel-5P delivered to orbit after 27th flight of Rockot

Rockot launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome Site 133/3 delivered to orbit ESA Sentinel-5P remote sensing satellite. Another launch of satellite operating under Copernicus ESA's Earth observation program. Sentinel-5P is sixth Sentinel spacecraft launched in the history of Copernicus program and second after Sentinel-2B launched in 2017. Sentinel-5P was built by Astrium as prime contractor. Satellite will…
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SpaceX delivers to orbit communications satellites

Three days after delivering ten Iridium satellites from Vandenberg, SpaceX managed to launch Falcon-9 with communications satellite for SES and Echostar under the payload fairing. Launch took place at Kennedy Space Center. Single satellite with payload shared by SES and Echostar was successfully delivered today under the payload fairing of Falcon-9 FT. Delivering of payload was…
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8th EVA at International Space Station

Only five days after previous EVA commander Randy Bresnik and flight engineer Mark Vande Hei again has left ISS and finished second and second part of service action covering replacing LEE grapplers of Canadarm2. 11 October 2017 - This time space walk took six hours 26 minutes, 30 minutes less than previous EVA. This time…
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Canadarm2 returns to game after 7th EVA in 2017

Last Thursday, on October 5, two NASA astronauts, Randy Bresnik and Mark Vande Hei, performed service action to help keep Canadarm2 operational.  Even if Canadarm2 usually works perfectly and supports astronauts inside International Space Station in their work, sometimes it fails. Delivered to ISS in 2001 during STS-100 inside trunk of  Endeavour Space Shuttle remains attached…
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NROL-52 postponed for the third time

This time not weather conditions, but technical issues with Atlas V launch vehicle caused another delay in NROL-52 space mission. Rocket spent last days at SLC-41 with payload encapsulated under the fairing, as Atlas V was rolled out on Tuesday, October 3. After two not successful launch attempts on Thursday and Friday , ULA decided…
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