“Les Grevistes” stop Ariane launches at Kourou

Strikers (“les grevistes” in French) and protesters at the Kourou launch site in French Guiana have forced a suspension of all future launches by Arianespace. The Ariane 5 ECA launch of 3,680 kg Koreasat-7 commercial communications and 5,735 kg Brazilian …

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On a sadder note: A tale of two terrorists – one from the present and one from the past

We give our condolences to those who have suffered during the Islamic State-inspired terrorist outrage in London during March. Worryingly, it showed that a religious or sectarian terrorist does not need a Kalashnikov or suicide bomb to kill the innocent …

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“Middle East” airline “Laptop” cabin ban may become a world one which could scupper hopes of satellite operators

The recent security move to end the carrying of laptops and table computers in the cabins of commercial aircraft flying from certain “high risk” middle eastern countries, may become a global ban which has major implications for satellite operators.

The …

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Despite technical hitch Delta IV Medium launches military communications satellite

Lifting off from Launch Complex 37, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, a Delta IV Medium (5,4) medium launch vehicle carried WGS 9 (Wideband Global Satcom) to Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). The launch occurred at 0018 GMT, 19 March following a …

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Trump’s plans: NASA avoids major cuts but ARM is broken and global warming mission is curtailed

While Russia is somewhat unrealistically advertising for candidate cosmonauts to go to the Moon (Roscosmos does not currently have a heavy lift rocket to get them there), the prospects for NASA astronauts getting there are increasing. This is after the …

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Dragon CRS-10 cargo craft is unhooked from ISS to re-enter and splash down in the Pacific

Having been unloaded in late February, the SpaceX Dragon CRS-10 (CRS1-10) spacecraft was unberthed from the International Space Station’s Harmony module at 2145 GMT on 18 March after its NASA delivery mission. At 0911 GMT on 19 March DRAGON CRS-10 …

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Japanese H-2A rocket carries military radar satellite into orbit

A H-2A medium launch vehicle has launched a radar reconnaissance satellite, IGS-5, for the Japanese government. The mission lifted off from the Yoshinobu Launch Complex Pad 1, part of the Tanegashima Space Center, at 0120 GMT on 17 March, and

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After battling high wind delays Falcon 9 manages to launch telecomms satellite EchoStar 23

A SpaceX Falcon 9v1.2FT expendable rocket lifted off from Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, at 0600 GMT on 16 March. The launch marks the third launch of the year for SpaceX who are still trying to get back on

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SpaceX wins second GPS IIIA launch contract

On 14 March, SpaceX announced they had won a US$96.5 million contract, to use its Falcon 9 rocket for the launch of the third US Air Force GPS IIIA spacecraft in February 2019. These “Batch A” spacecraft are currently in

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On a lighter note: Letter from America from your Washington correspondent

Those of use lucky enough to go the Satellite 2017 conference in Washington DC in March of this year were treated to a day of beautiful summer weather, well – until the cold blew in. Still, there were still some …

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