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Future of Angara – not as clear as it might seem ?

Angara rocket was announced as future modular launch vehicle for commercial and not commercial use with high potential even covering lifting manned Moon lander. Is it really possible that economical problem would limit possibilities of using new rocket in favor to old launch vehicles and cancel Russian plans for manned Moon mission before 2030 ? Problems of…
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Mars InSight with green light from NASA !

After multiple problems in the end of 2015 and with increasing probability of halting NASA participation in program on 2016, we have NASA final voice in discussion. InSight will start its mission in 2018 in first possible launch window. InSight (Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport) was one of fundamental Mars research missions, example…
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Ariane 5 ECA & Eutelsat-65 West A – 274th Arianespace flight became success !

Today in the early morning hours Ariane 5 ECA rocket lifted off new communication and broadcasting satellite for Eutelsat from ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana. Today Ariane-5 lifted off from ELA-3 complex in Guiana Space Center to its 85th mission (274th mission by Arianespace). Ariane lifted new Eutelsat satellite designed and manufactured by SSL (with utilization of SSL-1300 satellite…
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New Chinese space ambitions unveiled !

Chinese news agency Xinhua put in public new Chinese objectives in space program. It is even more interesting because that information is probably based on interview with high-ranking military. From the beginning Chinese space program was never divided into civilian and military subprograms. It happened that military satellites were covered as civilian or scientific missions (very…
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Little makeover on International Space Station

Planned changes in fleet of spacecrafts which are visiting ISS forced modernization of onboard equipment of the station. It would be wrong to think that changes in construction of International Space Station are performed only during spacewalks. Along with scheduled external modifications, many necessary modifications should be done inside of ISS. Yesterday, on 7 March 2016,…
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Two sounding rockets launched from Wallops Flight Facility within first week of March 2016 !

Terrier-Improved Orion rocket was launched today six days after Terrier-Improved Malemute with Multiple User Suborbital Instrument Carrier (MUSIC) onboard. First week of March seems quite busy in Wallops Flights Facility. At least engineers managed to overcome all the technical problems with Multiple User Suborbital Instrument Carrier (MUSIC) and perform successful launch of Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket on 1 March…
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Fourth ISS orbit correction performed successfully !

Next maneuver of orbit changing were performed on 5 March 2016 by International Space Station before next Progress resupply robotic vehicle and Soyuz crewed spacecraft dockings. Next two dockings of Russian Soyuz and Progress spaceships are requiring slight course correction to be performed. As usual for orbit change Progress-29M docked to Zvezda module was utilized,…
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USAF weather satellite still remains silent

USAF weather satellite DMSP-19 stopped to react for commands at 11 February and still remains not operational.  DMSP satellites are out of luck recently. DMSP-19 (DMSP 5D-3/F19) was launched on 3 April 2014 and was operating on SSO with 857 km × 857 km and inclination at 99° , stopped to operate correctly and is not reacting for…
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Russian flag on the wind – are we going to see Russian reusable rocket ?

After negation at the beginning, through doubts on economic sense of reusability to full enthusiasm - it is change in Russian opinions on SpaceX and Blue Origin reusability attempts. Representatives of Russian space industry are recently often changing their mind in some cases. After successes of Blue Origin and SpaceX in attempts of implementing reusable technology to…
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22nd Falcon-9 mission successful – SES-9 in Space !

Falcon-9 1.2V performed successful lift of SES-9 communication satellite yesterday. Unfortunately, according to SpaceX prediction landing of first stage was failure. This time counting down was not halted - punctually at 23:34 GMT Falcon-9 1.2V with SES-9 on atop lifted off from Cape Canaveral SLC-40. As planned earlier (T+04'00"), after four minutes of flight first…
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