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Long delayed PAZ spacecraft for Hisdesat now to launch with SpaceX

Spanish government satellite operator, Hisdesat Strategic Services (Hisdesat), announced (8 March) that it has signed a launch contract with US company SpaceX, for a shared Falcon 9 launch near the end of 2017. Hisdesat originally had a contract – signed …

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Last Soyuz-U launches cargo craft to ISS from snow covered Baikonur Cosmodrome (Updated)

At 0558 GMT on 22 February 2017, a Soyuz-U rocket rose into the sky from the ice covered fields at its Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan. It was the last mission the venerable Soyuz-U variant would fly. Aboard was a …

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Soyuz returns to service but Proton flights are delayed by engine quality control investigation

The crisis in quality control at the Russian Voronezh rocket engine manufacturer continues. Following the recent Soyuz-U failure, which was traced to particle contamination in its RD-0110 third-stage engine, a separate investigation into the last Proton rocket launch of Intelsat …

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Boeing might sell Soyuz seats to NASA

Boeing might be embarrassed by delays to its CST-100 “Starliner” – in turn delaying the fulfilment of its commercial crew launch contracts with NASA until likely 2019 at the earliest – but at least it is showing some creative thinking …

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President Obama – The Verdict: Better than his predecessor but weak on Syria and Space

It is, of course, posterity that gets the final say on whether a U.S. President was any good or not, but as he leaves office we can, at least, make a preliminary comparison of President Barack Obama’s record against that …

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Progress MS-04 mission to ISS ended by a Soyuz-U launch failure (Updated)

An ISS (International Space Station) resupply mission, which lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, has suffered a launch failure. The Progress MS-04 mission, which was being carried by a Soyuz-U rocket, successfully lifted off from Baikonur at 1452 GMT …

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Soyuz FG rocket launches Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft with three crew to International Space Station

A Soyuz FG rocket launched itself and a manned Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome near Tyuratam in Kazakhstan. The launch took place at 2020 GMT on 17 November 2016. Aboard Soyuz MS-03 were three crew: the Roskosmos cosmonaut …

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ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter enters correct orbit but Schiaparelli lander is lost in crash landing

The main Russian-launched Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) research element of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) ExoMars mission was successfully injected into its planned orbit around Mars. But the “exciting” part of the mission, ESA’s Schiaparelli lander, crashed into oblivion. Entry …

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Russian Soyuz vehicle successfully launches astronauts, and troubled Soyuz craft, to the ISS

At 0805 GMT, 19 October 2016, a Soyuz-FG rocket lifted off from Site 31/6, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, carrying the Soyuz MS-02 craft containing crew members of Expedition 49/50 to the International Space Station (ISS). The new crew members …

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ExoMars’ Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) drops off Schiaparelli lander then makes new burn to ensure it does not hit planet itself

The European-Russian ExoMars mission has undergone a key moment on its way to the Red Planet. On 16 October 2016, at 1442 GMT, and at a distance of over 850,000 km from the planet Mars, the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) …

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Eutelsat 5 West B bus to be built by Airbus/Orbital ATK and launched on shared Proton M…while Eutelsat takes booking on a Proton Medium for undisclosed satellite

Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) and Orbital ATK has secured a construction contract from the European satellite operator Eutelsat Communications to build the Eutelsat 5 West B satellite, which according to its name will be placed over the longitude …

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Missile placements and naval moves makes new cold war icy but worse, it may turn very hot

Western sentiment has been stirred by terrible scenes from Syria in which Russian jet bombers supported Syrian government Mig-21 jets in actively bombing the rebellious city of Aleppo into submission. The Western democracies, regretting not getting involved earlier, are thus …

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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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IAC 2016 Guadalajara: Sea Launch to be purchased by Russian airline

S7 Airlines, the Russian airline company, has signed an agreement with RSC Energia for the main assets of the Sea Launch business, including the two launch vessels, at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Guadalajara.

The deal, signed on 27 …

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Russian Soyuz craft suffers anomaly, while Roscosmos announces crew reductions to the ISS

The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, announced on 17 September 2016, that the next flight of the Soyuz-MS crew transport craft would be delayed for technical reasons after testing conducted at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. According to TASS, the Russian state …

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Khrunichev to “modularise” Proton rocket to enter medium and small launcher markets

International Launch Services (ILS), the commercial marketing arm of the Russian rocket manufacturer Khrunichev, has announced that the Proton four-stage rocket is going to be modularised to offer a new family of smaller launch vehicles, in addition to a growth …

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ILS signs Kompsat 6 for Angara 1.2 commercial launch

International Launch Services (ILS) the marketing arm of the Russian rocket manufacturer Khrunichev has sold its first commercial launch of the Angara rocket series. The contract was signed between ILS and the Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) for the launch …

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Two deliveries launched to ISS in quick succession as Soyuz lofts Progress MS-03 and Falcon 9 launches Dragon CRS-09

The astronauts aboard International Space Station (ISS) awaited two deliveries after two launches within two days of each other in mid-July. The first of these launches was a Soyuz-U launch of a Progress MS-03 cargo craft at 2116 on 16 …

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New Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft design is launched to ISS and later docks with ISS (Updated)

At 0136 GMT on 8 July 2016 the maiden launch of the new MS (Modernized Systems) variant of the Soyuz manned spacecraft was performed by a Soyuz FG launch vehicle lifting off from the Baikonur Cosmosdrome, near Tyuratam, Kazakhstan. On …

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Progress MS-01 has thruster control fault during docking test

The cargo spacecraft Progress MS-01 was deliberately undocked from the International Space Station on at 0545 on 1 July. The idea was for the spacecraft to pull away and then use a new version of the Toru remote manual control …

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