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ISS welcomes Expedition 50 !

After two days of space journey Soyuz MS-02 finally reached International Space Station. Docking of Soyuz MS-02 with commander Sergey Ryzhikov, flight engineer Andrei Borisenko of Roscosmos along with NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough, was planned after 48 hours of space travel. Prolonged time of travel to International Space Station was forced by tests of internal systems…
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ILS with first contract for medium version of Proton rocket

International Launch Services, American-Russian joint venture Company which offers Proton rockets launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, announced on October 12, 2016, that they have signed first contract for their new launch vehicle. ILS announced officially, that have signed first contract for using their planned medium version of Proton-M rocket. This launch vehicle is at the moment…
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Launch of Shenzhou-11 within days !

It is highly possible, that China will launch their manned spacecraft Shenzhou-11 to conduct docking with Tiangong-2 space station recently placed on Earth orbit. Officially CNSA planned to perform launch from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center using Long March 2F rocket. It was declared, that launch will be possible after Tiangong-2 will pass successfully all necessary in-orbit…
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Mission accomplished – thank you Rosetta !

ESA finished its probably most ambitious mission focused on deep space exploration. Yesterday, after mild descent, Rosetta space probe touched the rocky surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Yesterday all employees at ESA’s control center in Darmstadt, Germany, had rather nervous day. Engineers and specialists from ESA were waiting to receive final confirmation of positive result of planned…
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INSAT-3DR – finally on orbit !

Indian meteorological satellite, INSAT-3DR, was launched today on atop of GSLV Mark II from Satish Dhawan Space Center T-1 launch pad. INSAT-3DR is replacement satellite for previous INSAT spacecraft; launched on July 25 2013 on atop Ariane 5 ECA, Insat-3D, suffered for anomaly during deploying one of its solar panels. Fortunately specialists and engineers from ground…
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ILS with new medium Proton !

Probably we will see new medium sized version of Proton rocket operated by International Launch Services sooner then it could be predicted. As we informed on June 28, 2016 (read here), Russian space industry was interested in continuing development of Proton rocket. Russian "Izviestia" quoted first deputy director at Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center…
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Jeff Williams, Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka finally on Earth !

Three members of Expedition 48 returned today from International Space Station inside capsule of Soyuz TMA-20M after 172 days in space.  Return of Jeff Williams (NASA), Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka (both from Roscosmos) started, when their Soyuz TMA-20M undocked from ISS Poisk zenith docking port remaining 415 km over Mongolia at 21:51 GMT. Alexey…
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Indian Scramjet engine finally tested during flight !

ISRO, Indian space agency, achieved next milestone after successful test of their RLV (Reusable Launch Vehicle-Technology Demonstrator) vehicle conducted on May 23, 2016. This time prototypes of scramjet engine were launched on atop of rocket booster from Satish Dhawan Space Centre on August 28, 2016. This is important step in the whole program of development first…
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ISS crew after 6 hours EVA

International Space Station has been equipped with new High Definition camera during lasting over six hours spacewalk! It was 37th EVA by members of NASA Astronaut Corps, 195th in the history of International Space Station and second during lasting of Expedition 48. Just like at previous EVA performed on 19 August Kate Rubins and Jeff…
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Intelsat-33E and Intelsat-36 delivered to space during VA232 !

On August 24, 2016 at 22:17 GMT Ariane 5 rocket lifted off from Guiana Space Center in its 231st flight, with two communication satellites under payload fairing: Intelsat-33E by Boeing and Intelsat-36 by SSL. Both spacecraft will enhance offer of American Intelsat Company over Europe, Africa and South Asia. It was fourth launch by Arianespace in…
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