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Chinese Long March 3C launches Beidou navsat

A Long March 3C (CZ-3C) rocket took-off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, in South-west China at 1530 GMT on 12 June 2016. The launch was carrying the BEIDOU 2-G7 spacecraft which will form part of the GEO portion of …

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Long March 3A launches Chinese Beidou navsat

At 2011 GMT on 29 March 2016, a Long March 3A launch vehicle has successfully launched Beidou 2-IGS 6 from the Xichang launch site in China. The 3,800kg spacecraft which was built by CAST (Chinese Academy of Space Technology) was …

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China launches BDS I2-S (Beidou-20) navigation satellite into inclined geosynchronous orbit

China launched the BDS I2-S (Beidou-20) navigation spacecraft into an inclined Geosynchronous orbit using a Long March 3B-G2 rocket – an enhanced version of the Long March 3B.  The launch of the 4,200kg satellite took place from the Xichang launch …

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New Long March 3B/YZ-1 rocket version launches two Beidou navigation satellites into inclined Medium Earth Orbit

The maiden launch of the Long March 3B/YZ-1  (CZ-3B/YZ-1) version of the venerable Chinese launch launch vehicle, flying from the Xichang launch site in China, successfully launched two Beidou-3 class navigation satellites (Beidou-3 M-1S and Beidouo-3 M-2S) on their way …

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China launches new Beidou navsat on new version of Long March 3C (Corrected)

China has launched a new version of its military Beidou navigation satellite series – dubbed the Beidou 3-M1.  The satellite appears to have been launched into an inclined Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) of 36,000km altitude as part of the Beidou …

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Soyuz TMA-07M launches with astronauts on way to International Space Station

A Soyuz FG rocket carried the Soyuz TMA-07M/ISS-33S spacecraft into orbit from the Baikonour space port near Tyuratam, Kazakhstan at 1212GMT on 19 December 2012.  Aboard the craft were, the Russian Cosmonaut, Roman Romanenko,  Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, and US …

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China successfully launches Beidou 2-G6 (Compass G6) navigation satellite with a low perigee transfer (Corrected)

The Chinese navigation satellite, Beidou 2-G6 (Compass G6), was launched into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) on its way to its Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) position by a Long March 3C rocket flying out of the Xichang launch site. The satellite later …

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Soyuz TMA-06M is docked with International Space Station

The Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft has docked to the International Space Station (ISS) at 1229 GMT on 25 October.  The docking took place at the Poisk docking port.  Aboard were mission commander Oleg Novitskiy, flight engineer Evgeny Tarelkin and NASA astronaut …

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Soyuz TMA-22 returns three ISS crew to Earth

Soyuz TMA-22 undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) at 0818 GMT on 27 April and then made de-orbit burn at 1049 GMT.  The Soyuz TMA-22 capsule re-entered and landed safely in Kazakhstan via its parachute and rocket retarded technique at 1145 GMT …

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Progress M-015M docks with International Space Station

At 1420 GMT on 22 April 2012 the Russian cargo Progress M-015M spacecraft docked automatically to the International Space Station’s Docking Compartment-1 (DC-1) Pirs nadir port, recently vacated by Progress M-014M.…

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NASA announces ISS to get another module, Leonardo

Finally NASA has announced what has been trailled here at Flightglobal.com and Hyperbola for some time, with one twist. rather than the MPLM Raffaello becoming the PMM, it is now the module Leonardo

You can watch here NASA ISS

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VIDEO: Japanese astronaut demos zero-g cuisine

Care of Japan’s Fuji tv and space exploration blog Space Gizmo here is a video of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut and International Space Station crew member Soichi Noguchi tackling sushi in microgravity…

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VIDEO: Russia Today provides accelerated Soyuz docking video

Released six weeks ago its still interesting to watch …

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International Space Station partners welcome Obama plan

The joint statement by the International Space Station partners can be found here welcoming president Barack Obama’s comitment to extending ISS use and the boost for station related space operations in the fiscal year 2011 budget request. The statement says:


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VIDEO: #iac2009 Space agencies talk ISS future

Watch this video from the International Astronautical Congress in Daejeon, Korea where the future of the International Space Station was discussed by the ISS partners 

Go here for more IAC2009 videos…

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PICTURES: New Skylon images, the UK SSTO sees changes

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credit Reaction Engines / caption: Skylon rendezvous with ISS

Reaction Engines’ Skylon single stage to orbit vehicle is shown here in close proximity to the International Space Station. The UK SSTO is undergoing changes with greater payload bay detail, Hyperbola will …

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ISS extension will be big news for FY2010 budget

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credit NASA / caption: NASA’s FY2009 budget shows ISS operations ending in 2016

Hyperbola has learned that the fiscal year 2010 NASA budget is expected to contain an intention to operate the US portion of the International Space Station (ISS) …

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The Orion gap, no not that one, the second one, in 2020

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credit NASA/Lockheed Martin / caption: Will this be seen in 2020?

Acting NASA administrator Christopher Scolese made some interesting remarks on 29 April at the Congressional appropriations hearing that Hyperbola thinks could see another human spaceflight gap for the USA at …

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Tranquility node roll out in Turin, Italy on Saturday 16 May

In the USA there was much mirth at the result of a poll that saw US television comedian Stephen Colbert apparently chosen to be the name of the International Space Station’s (ISS) Node 3. Named Tranquility instead, in honour of the Apollo

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NASA, what’s it cooking up with SpaceX?

There must be something going on between Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and NASA with this coy reply from SpaceX

We are currently reviewing the proposed procurement (its terms, scope, and duration).  We are interested, as you know, in providing a domestic

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