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DARPA suspending ALASA – no further tests in 2016

ALASA (Airborne Launch Assist Space Access) program was innovative concept of injecting small satellites into orbit with cost under $1 million with launch vehicle similar to antisatellite missile carried by F15E fighter. Unfortunately "is" suddenly became "was". DARPA announced on their website about suspending ALASA program. According to official statement: "As of November 2015, DARPA…
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Classified reentry – Prometheus already landed

Cubesat based classified satellite re-entered on 16:23 UTC November 29, 2015. Designated zone of reentry was Indian Ocean, Australia, Pacific Ocean. Satellite reentered at longitude 11.5° S and latitude 152.71° E Cubesat platform is one of most popular platform among commercial, amateur and research satellites. It should not be surprising that military and reconnaissance agencies are strongly interested in…
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NOAA-16 satellite became a space debris

It is highly probable that decommissioned satellite NOAA-16 increased number of space debris. Joint Space Operations Center announced such information on 25 November 2015. NOAA-16 is one from TIROS weather forecasting satellites, operating under National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA-16 was launched on atop TITAN-II rocket on 21 September 2000. It was remaining operational since March 2001 on 870…
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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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