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Progress-MS launched !

Busy Monday morning in Baikonur Cosmodrome - Progress with supplies for ISS launched on atop Soyuz-2.1a. ISS does not exist without supplies provided by spacecrafts. This time, just before Christmas, Progress spacecraft was launched at 08:44 GMT from launch site 31/6. This mission would not be special, if not the fact of utilizing for the first time…
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Tomorrow’s ISS spacewalk confirmed !

NASA confirmed officially that tomorrow members of ISS crew will perform spacewalk. Management of ISS decided that Commander Scott Kelly and Flight Engineer Tim Kopra will try to fix blocked rail platform with Canadarm2 robotic arm. Lasting 3 to 3.5 hours spacewalk will start at 13Ł10 GMT. It will be third spacewalk for Scott Kelly (EV1,…
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Stratolaunch without final conception

Stratolaunch, competitive project to Virgin SpaceShipTwo or more to LauncherOne, after almost five years of development probably will change its final shape. It is possible that Paul Allen (Microsoft co-founder and founder of Vulcan Inc. and Stratolaunch Systems) will be forced to reinstall engines back into his two Boeing 747 from picture above. Conception of…
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Busy time before Christmas – surprizing EVA for servicing ISS

It seems that crew on International Space Station will spent time before Christmas not on the wrapping presents. NASA announced on 18 December 2015 about necessity of spacewalk performed on ISS. It is not planned EVA - after last spacewalk for repair cooling system of the ISS (which took place on 6 November, 2015 -…
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Thales Alenia Space wins contract worth €402 million

End of this year seems good for Thales Alenia Space. After signing agreement with O3B for additional satellites (You can read about it here), just before Christmas, Thales Alenia Space gets another contract, worth even more. Thales Alenia Space will again participate in Copernicus program. Company will for sure use their experience during first series of Copernicus satellites…
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Soyuz mission finished – Galileo satellites positioned correctly! !

ESA success with next Galileo satellites - final tracking data from two launched today confirmed that from now Galileo constellation reach twelve satellites. It was 1852nd mission of Soyuz rocket, this time from launch site of Guiana Space Center. Soyuz-2.1b after finishing fueling the tanks was waiting for start with two satellites of Galileo navigation system: FM-08…
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No further development of Dnepr rocket officially confirmed

Probably we will not see any more launches of Dnepr rocket in future, due the decision of Russian authorities. According to TASS agency, Colonel-General Sergey Karakayev commander of Russian Strategic Missile Troops informed TASS journalist on Wednesday, that further development and launches of Dnepr rocket are suspended: "The Russian president decided to suspend the Dnepr conversion…
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Dampe successfully launched !

Yesterday China launched their satellite for research mission devoted to gathering data on dark matter. Satellite was launched from launch pad at Jiuquan Satellite Center at 00:12 UTC. Spacecraft was launched on atop Long March 2D rocket and will remain on sun-synchronous orbit on altitude of 500 km and inclination of 97.4 degrees for around…
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ULA problem with RD-180 engines still not solved

U.S. Air Force announced that three American companies were awarded with contracts for further developing engines able to replace banned Russian RD-180 used in Atlas V rocket. It seems that ULA could back into game for launch service for GPS III missions. Good news for three lucky companies and for United Launch Alliance? Not necessary. USAF…
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Thales Alenia grabs new contract !

O3b is going to remain customer of Thales Alenia Space / Arianespace tandem for next few years. Contract announced on Cannes on 10 December 2015 consist manufacturing next eight satellites to improve capabilities of O3b. Contract value was not precisely stated, but previously O3B acquired $460 million from investors for finishing constellation of satellites. It seems that…
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