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Last astronaut on the moon, Gene Cernan, dies at 82

Former astronaut Gene Cernan, second American who walk in space and astronaut who flew to the moon twice, last man standing on the the natural satellite of the Earth died yesterday in Houston. Gene Cernan, astronaut and Navy pilot died surrounded by family after long illness. He was 82 years. NASA announced about his death…
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Six CubeSat satellites deployed today from International Space Station

Crew members remaining inside ISS performed successful deployment of six CubeSat satellites today using J-SSOD deployment device. Operation started today at 09:11 UTC from deploying three CubeSats built by Japanese Universities from JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD). These were ITF-2, WASEDA-Sat-3 and FREEDOM. First two are based on 1U size standard (10 x 10…
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Flight of the new Japanese small solid fueled rocket without success

SS-520-4 sounding rocket failed to put into LEO orbit TRICOM-1 satellite during launch performed yesterday from Uchinoura Space Centre at 08:33 local time (23:33 UTC on Saturday). It was maiden flight of fourth configuration of SS-520 rocket - smallest launch vehicles in the world. SS-520-4 solid fueled rocket is railed launched light vehicle created as…
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Pesquet and Kimbrough after EVA-2 !

Thomas Pesquet of ESA and Shane Kimbrough of NASA finished today second ISS spacewalk in 2017 (EVA-2/Expedition 50) and performed flawlessly all tasks. This time Thomas Pesquet instead Peggy Whitson was partner of Shane Kimbrough. During 197th spacewalk in the history of International Space Station they were supported by Peggy Whitson of NASA, who helped…
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First pictures taken by SuperView-1 01/02 already on Earth

Two commercial imaging satellites from Gaojing-1 series deployed prematurely after launch on 28 December 2016 seems to work correctly and already send first pictures.  Satellites finally managed to reach correct position in orbit and pass all necessary tests. Chinese news agency Xinhua announced yesterday, that both satellites send first pictures taken with 0.5 m resolution with onboard panchromatic…
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Thales Alenia Space grabbed contract for ExoMars 2020

ExoMars mission delayed for 2020 and suffering for problems with organization and budget reaches next key point. Thales Alenia Space signed contract with ESA to complete activities concerning ExoMars. Contract was signed on 16 December 2016 and opened door for receiving by Thales Alenia Space additional funding given previously by the decision of ESA Ministerial…
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Kuaizhou-1A launched – three satellites delivered to LEO orbit !

New Chinese solid fueled light rocket was launched today at 04:11 UTC with its first mission from  Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China’s Gobi Desert. Launch was result of the contract signed between Chang Guang Satellite Technology Ltd. (CGSTL) and EXPACE/CASIC. Expace Technology Co., Ltd. Rocket delivered to space three satellites:  JL-1 imaging satellite and…
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Falcon-9 with Iridium satellites grounded by poor weather

Nine powerful Merlin-1D engines inside long for 70 m rocket are not enough in face of the power of weather. Due the weather forecasts predicting heavy rainfall and winds, SpaceX was forced to postpone launch of their Falcon-9 rocket planned for 9th January 2017. Rocket remains safe with ten Iridium data relay satellites encapsulated under…
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Yesterday shortly after 12:05 UTC two astronauts left International Space Station to perform upgrades to the station's power system. To finish all planned objectives both astronauts spent yesterday 6.5 h in space. Expedition 50 commander Shane Kimbrough and flight engineer Peggy Whitson both of NASA left Quest airlock yesterday to start second phase of modernization program of…
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SpaceX after Amos-6 disaster investigation, first flight already scheduled

Previous gossips about reason of explosion of Falcon-9 FT with Amos-6 communication satellite encapsulated under fairing proved to be true. According to engineers and specialists from SpaceX announced that main reason for explosion on 1 September 2016 at LC-40 at Cape Canaveral during routine tests was helium tank. Investigation was finished after over four months…
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