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Airbus DS notes its undisclosed construction contracts from last year

While the space effort of Airbus Defence and Space appeared to have a “flat” year at least in terms of revenues (a 3 per cent decline to EUR€3.67 billion), there were a few satellite orders made in 2016 which were …

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ISRO’s PSLV takes record for launch with most satellites aboard

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and its Antrix commercial launch provider subsidiary gained kudos for achieving the first orbital launch with more than 100 payload spacecraft aboard. The PSLV-XL rocket launch carried 104 individual satellites, most of which were …

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Team Hakuto and Team Indus to fly on PSLV for lunar X-prize attempts

Space News reports that two teams have effectively pooled resources to afford a trip on a PSLV launch. The Japanese firm Team Hakuto has teamed with the Team Indus firm which already held a reservation after signing a contract to …

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PSLV’s successful “Nirvana” groove goes on as it launches Resourcesat 2A (Corrected)

The Indian Space Resource Organisation (ISRO) had another success on its hands after a PSLV-XL launch vehicle lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on 7 December 2016. Lift off occurred at 0454 GMT.

While the ISRO …

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Ariane 5 successfully completes 74th consecutive mission, carrying satellites for South Asian customers

At 2030 GMT, on 5 October, the heavy-lift Ariane 5 rocket lifted off from the European Spaceport at Kourou, French Guiana, carrying two telecommunications satellites, Sky Muster II, for NBN Co and GSAT-18, for ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation). This …

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IAC 2016 Guadalaraja: Mars missions and new rockets feature…and so does the rain

IAC 2016 Guadalaraja: Mars missions and new rockets feature… and so does the rain

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The annual meeting of the World’s space agencies, engineers and scientists at the 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) took place in Guadalajara, Mexico, during late …

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Indian PSLV rocket launches eight satellites into two different orbits

At 0342 GMT, 26 September 2016, a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in south-east India. The mission was the fifth PSLV launch this year, a new record for the vehicle, and …

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Ariane 5 to launch GSAT-11 for India

Arianespace has announced that its Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicle will carry the GSAT-11 communications satellite into orbit in 2017. The spacecraft, owned and built by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has a mass of 5,725 kg. The Ku-band …

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Insat 3DR is launched by uprated GSLV 2

An uprated GSLV 2 rocket was launched from the Satish Dahwan Space Centre at Sriharikota on 8 September 2016, carrying India’s INSAT 3DR meteorological satellite into a geosynchronous transfer orbit on its way to its eventual geostationary operating location. The …

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ISRO and Antrix lose arbitration case versus Devas and face making US$1 billion payout

In what promises to be a US$1 billion blow to the finances of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled in favour of the multimedia firm Devas Multimedia over Antrix Corp Limited …

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Indian PSLV launches with 20 satellites on-board

An early morning lift-off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota, in South-East India saw a PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) launch in its “XL” configuration carry 20 satellites into Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The launch occurred at 0356 GMT …

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India uses solid rocket to launch space plane on hypersonic test flight

India’s space agency, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has made a test flight of a new design for winged reusable space travel. The endo-atmospheric suborbital test flight, dubbed HEX-1, of the Reusable Launch Vehicle Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) was blasted …

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IRNSS-1G is launched into Indian navsat constellation by PSLV

Whilst India fights a proposed continuation of the US ban on its rockets bidding against US launch vehicles, at lower prices on the grounds that India is not part of the US Commercial Space Launch Agreement, the PSLV rocket continues …

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India launches its latest IRNSS navsat

At 1031 GMT on 10 March 2016, India launched the latest satellite, IRNSS R-1F, in its IRNSS (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System) satellite constellation from the Satish Dahwan Space Centre, in Sriharikota, India. The launch was by a PSLV-XL launch …

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India’s PSLV launches IRNSS-1E navsat on its way to an inclined geosynchronous orbit

At 0401 GMT on 20 January 2016, a PSLV-XL launch vehicle was successfully launched from the Sriharikota launch site in Southern India.  Aboard the rocket was a 1,425kg Indian navigation satellite called IRNSS-1E which will eventually be placed into an …

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ISRO launches six different satellites for Singapore using reliable workhorse PSLV

The Core alone variant of India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, the PSLV-CA while flying on its PSLV-C29 mission, successfully launched six satellites from Singapore into a 550 km circular orbit inclined at 15 degrees to the equator. The launch took …

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World Launcher Review is necessary reading for anyone wishing to launch a spacecraft

The World Launcher Review has technical descriptions and commentaries covering every major orbital launch vehicle flying and in development, including their launch sites and their commercial launch providers. It also has a market analysis and a review of those factors …

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Arianespace gets vote of confidence from ISRO as it selects Ariane 5 rockets to launch GSAT-17 and GSAT-18

The commercial launch provider Arianespace has announced that the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has chosen Arianespace to launch its GSAT-17 and GSAT-18 telecommunications satellites. The two satellites will be launched by Ariane 5 launch vehicles at the Guiana Space …

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IAC 2015 Jerusalem: Holy city “terrorist” stabbings and “summary justice” gun executions mar Congress but space business goes on

The city of Jerusalem played host city to the International Astronautical Congress 2015 (IAC 2015).  Due to concerns about security, attendance was about 30% down on usual years, although with over 2,000 participants attending from 58 different countries the Congress …

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PSLV flies successfully lofting seven satellites including India’s ASTROSAT observatory

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) conducted a successful launch of the PLSV-XL launch vehicle at 0430 GMT on 28 September 2015.  The launch, which took place from the Sriharikota launch site, more formally known as the Satish Dhawan Space …

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