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Run of misfortune – Boeing dropped from ISS cargo contract competition

On 5th November 2016 NASA announced that Boeing will be no longer considered as an option in competition for ISS cargo missions. Boeing space industry division, Defense, Space & Security, is out of luck for a long time. Since losing contract with NRO for FIA in 2005, lost contract for next generation GPS satellites and failed…
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Space technologies in agriculture – China launched Jilin-1 satellites on atop Long March 2D on 7th October 2015

Chinese observation satellite designed to help in commercial agriculture, preventing disasters and exploring natural resources was launched on 7th October from launch site LC43 in Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China. Number of economy sectors where contribution of space technology is important part is still increasing. One of most important and on literally every person is agriculture. Basing on space observation,…
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Russian bottomless sack – another launch of broadcasting satellite scheduled on December 2015

AMU1 satellite launch is scheduled on December 2015; it is planned to utilize Proton-M rocket, launch site would be Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. As a biggest state on Earth Russia seems real money machine for Direct-to-Home broadcasting and satellite companies. Since 1972, when Canada successfully designed first broadcasting satellite (Anik-1) continuous develop provide smaller, less expensive, and…
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The exception that proves the rule – Zenit-3F with Elektro-L atop already on 11th December 2015

Launch of Zenit-3F rocket with Elektro-L satellite atop is scheduled on 11th December 2015. Planned launch site is LC-45 in Baikonur Kosmodrome, Kazakhstan. After regaining independence from Soviet Union in 1991 Ukraine inherited part of soviet industrial and military potential. In spite of mining and steel industry on east, collectivized agriculture on the west Ukraine was in possession…
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Two Boeing’s broadcasting satellites on atop of Falcon-9 scheduled on 2016

Direct-to-home television seems good market for launch providers. AB Satellite and Eutelsat satellites launch is planned already for 2016. SpaceX will utilize Falcon-9 1.1V or 1.2V, planned launch site is SLC-40 in Cape Canaveral. Boeing is still strong on commercial market. ABS-2A is second (from four contracted) built satellite for Asia Broadcast Satellite with fully electrical propulsion.…
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Requirements cost – NROL-37 scheduled on 27th April 2016

ORION-9 satellite created for National Reconnaissance Office will be launched utilizing DELTA IV HEAVY. Mission planned launch site is SLC-37, Cape Canaveral AFS. As usual National Reconnaissance Office does not disappoint and gives rise to speculating.  According some sources this time, planned payload will be Orion satellite. It would be ninth from Orion series so scheduled…
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Red Planet under inspection – InSight mission launch planned on 4th March 2016

NASA mission under InSight Mars lander program.  Payload are InSight lander and two small satellites MARCO (dimensions of satellite are 36,6x24,3x11,8 cm) providing future communication with lander. ATLAS V will start from Vandenberg with two satellites MARCO A and MARCO B. InSight backronym stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport. It is NASA mission targeted for…
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