Monthly Archives: October 2017

Minotaur-C delivers SkySat satellites during first mission after six years

After lasting six years break Orbital ATK Minotaur-C rocket raised over Vandenberg Air Force base with ten satellites under its fairing.  Perfect weather at SLC-576E launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base made possible first launch of Minotaur-C rocket since failed mission of 3110 model with Glory, KySat-1, Hermes and Explorer-1 satellites. Last time rocket also was…
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Koreasat-5A delivered to orbit by Falcon-9

SpaceX Falcon-9 delivered to orbit yesterday, on October 30, 2017 Koreasat-5A communications satellite from Kennedy Space Center. It was 16th launch of Falcon-9 in 2017 and first contracted for KT Sat Co., Ltd., the largest telecom and media service provider in Korea. Satellite was manufactured by Thales Alenia Space Under contract from 2014. It was based on Spacebus-4000B2…
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Delta 2 under preparations before launch Vandenberg Air Force Base

Delta 2 rocket soon will pass through encapsulation process with JPSS-1 satellite. Latest weather satellite designed and manufactured for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration soon will be encapsulated under Delta 2 payload fairing at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Satellite was already raised on special elevator to reach second stage of Delta 2 last Tuesday at Space Launch…
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SpaceX after test fire before Koreasat-5A mission

SpaceX performed yesterday successful test fire of Falcon-9 booster at Kennedy Space Center before launch planned to October 30, 2017. The Merlin 1D engines were fired yesterday on October 26 at 16:00 UTC. Rocket was previously rolled out to Launch Pad 39A without payload to avoid situation which took place one year ago when after…
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Galileo delivered to French Guiana

Two more Galileo satellites reached French Guiana to reach space later this year. Galileo 21 and Galileo 22 reached French Guiana inside Boeing 747 Cargo on October 17 after journey from Luxembourg Airport. Delivered in special air conditioned containers were delivered on special lorry to Guiana Space Center facility where two other Galileos have been remaining…
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Problems with Progress MS-07 still not fully explained

Roscosmos gave recently more details regarding not successful launch attempt of Soyuz-2.1A with Progress MS-07 performed on October 12, 2017 at Baikonur Cosmodrome. To remind whole situation: Progress MS-07 first launch attempt took place on October 12, 2017 from Launch Site 31/6 at Baikonur Cosmodrome at 09:32 UTC. Unfortunately seconds before ignition of the main…
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Another Iridium satellites on the top of the refurbished Falcon-9 booster

Iridium signed agreement with SpaceX to use refurbished boosters in two following launches covering delivering to orbit in total another twenty Iridium communications satellites. First flight of refurbished booster for Iidium with Next 31-40 satellites is planned for December 23rd, 2017 at 01:26 UTC from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Second mission covering placing on orbit…
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NASA awards ULA and SpaceX with contracts for launching Sentinel-6A and Landsat-9

NASA announced that awarder ULA and SpaceX with contracts for delivering to orbit two satellites in 2020 and 2021. NASA has selected launch service providers and announced about planned launch dates. SpaceX was awarded with contract for delivering Sentinel-6A mission in November 2020 from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. United Launch Alliance is going to launch…
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Blue Origin after first test fire of latest methane fueled engine

Blue Origin announced about first test fire of their latest BE-4 engine on October 18, 2017 at their research facility in West Texas. According to Blue Origin test was performed recently at test range in West Texas. Company did not announce how long test lasted and also gave no details about results of test fire.…
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46th ISS EVA already tomorrow!

Two NASA astronauts  Randy Bresnik and Joe Acaba are going to perform tomorrow EVA to maintain and service International Space Station. It will be third EVA on October 2017 after first two focused on replacing LEE latches on Canadarm2 robotic arm. First one was performed on October 5 and second on October 10. Last to…
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