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Busy morning in Plesetsk – Russian military satellite launched

Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed that launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome military satellite at 09:42 GMT on 24 March 2016. It was second launch performed from Plesetsk this year. This military satellite should be considered as highly classified payload - Russian authorities kept it in secret until yesterday. Soyuz-2.1A rose over Plesetsk Cosmodrome with imaging satellite on…
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North Korea plays same game – next rocket weapon tests

North Korea seems to develop ICBM missiles successfully and probably faster than it was predicted by western analysts. This time on 15 March 2016 North Korea decided (it would be more accurate to say that Supreme Leader decided) to perform two test launches of their medium range ballistic missile. Rockets were launched from Sukch'ŏn County…
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Chinese Mars rover to reach Red Planet on 2021 !

China planned unmanned Mars mission for 2020 and became undisputable leader in Asian space race. Chinese scientists decided to unveil some details about their Mars program. Thanks to Xinhua news agency we know more about plans for increasing Chinese presence in Mars race. According to information which was given to public, China is going to send to Mars…
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Cygnus launched successfully !

Yesterday according to EDT time or today according to GMT time, Cygnus with supplies for ISS was launched from SCL-41 on Cape Canaveral. Spacecraft reached space and is continuing autonomous flight to International Space Station. Orbital ATK and United Launch Alliance were targeting with launch to 03:05 GMT on 23rd March 2016. Punctually at 03:05 GMT…
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Eutelsat next electric propulsion satellite for expand on Africa planned for 2018

Eutelsat decided to choose Space Systems Loral's all electric propulsion satellite bus to create dominancy on three rising markets. Eutelsat is still improving their technical abilities, range of services and constellation of satellites. New markets are demanding and competition in new regions also imposes sharp pace. Eutelsat decided to expand on rising market of Africa, Turkey and Middle…
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Cygnus ready for OA-6 !

Today Orbital ATK Cygnus SS "Rick Husband" automatic spacecraft will be launched on atop of Atlas rocket (401 configuration) to International Space Station. CRS mission OA-6 - deliver supplies for six crew members. Start of the Atlas rocket is planned for 03:05 GMT with 30 minutes launch window, 23rd March 2016. Start will be performed from Cape Canaveral…
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Progress planned undocking and microgravity experiment for 29th March 2016

Roscosmos is not going to waste Progress spacecraft docked to International Space Station and let it burn in atmosphere - it has science mission ! Good science experiment is such experiment which could be performed for free - surely falling apple which was spotted by Isaac Newton was not very expensive. Unfortunately in space, every…
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Possible end of Vega rocket and beginning of Pan European space corporation

Could it be possible that Airbus Defence and Space will be monopolist in European space industry? Airbus Defence and Space along with its partner, French Safran Company (both companies are involved in Ariane 6 project) probably are going to buy Avio - Italian company responsible for designing and manufacturing Italian Vega rocket. Airbus and Safran…
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