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Last Zenit launch already on 11th December 2015

It is end of cooperation between Russia and Ukraine - no further launches of Zenit rocket from Baikonur will be planned. TASS press agency announced about last launch of Zenit rocket with Elektro-L2 weather satellite atop (mission was described in this post). It is probably last launch of Ukrainian rocket in the cooperation with Russia.…
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Yaogan on the orbit – Chinese satellite launched succesfully on 26 November 2015

Chinese Xinhua news agency announced about successful launch of next Yaogan satellite today at 0524 local time (26 November 2015 21:24 UTC). It is fourth satellite from Yaogan series, this time with number 29, launched in November (about previous You can read here). Again China informed about launch post factum and again Yaogan-29 was described as research and observation…
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New alliances – Moscow is increasing its cooperation with Tehran in space exploration

According to TASS, Russia and Iran will continue and expand their cooperation in space research under the newly signed agreement. Appropriate statement was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin during his latest visit in Tehran on November 2015 during the third meeting of Russian-Iranian high-level commission. According to Mr. Rogozin: "Russia and Iran have fair prospects…
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Blue Origin historical launch – milestone for reusable rocket technology

On 23 November 2015 Blue Origin wrote its chapter in history of space industry. It was scheduled launch of New Shepard (New Shepard project and development were described here) with one objective - show reusable technology in practice. On 23 November 2015 at 1121 am CT New Shepard was launched from Blue Origin launch site in Texas. After successful…
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ILS future after Proton – Angara takes over the reins

ILS present services are based on reliable and proven Proton. But changes are on the horizon. International Launch Services was American-Russian partnership established between Lockheed Martin, Energia and Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center in 1995. It was offering launches with Proton (Khrunichev) and Atlas V (Lockheed) rockets; now it is offering full launch services…
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Complementing instead of adding – connection with Amos-5 satellite lost

Spacecom announced yesterday that Amos-5, their last satellite from Amos series, lost communication with operating center. It is bad luck - just before launching Amos-6 in January 2016 (You can read about this launch here and in general about Israeli space industry here) it seems that fleet will be under replenishment yet not development. Problems with satellite placed…
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