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First launch from Vostochny successful

Submit on Thursday, April 28th, 2016 22:59

Rocket: Soyuz 2-1a/Volga; Payload: Mikhailo V. Lomonosov [MLV-300], Aist-2D and SamSat-2018 [Kontakt-NS]; Date: 28 April 2016, 0201 UTC; Launch site: Vostochny, Russia. The separation of spacecraft was completed normally at 0407 UTC. Normal separation was confirmed during a communications session at 0505 UTC. Contact has been established with the satellites.

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Final IRNSS satellite launched for NAVIC navigation system

Submit on Thursday, April 28th, 2016 22:58

Rocket: PSLV-C33; Payload: IRNSS-1G; Date: 28 April 2016, 0720 UTC; Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota, India. IRNSS-1G, the seventh satellite of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) was deployed into a Sub-Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (Sub-GTO).

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Intelsat 31 May launch on 28 May

Submit on Thursday, April 28th, 2016 22:57

Russia’s first upgraded Proton-M rocket may be launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on 28 May, a space industry source was quoted as saying by Novosti.

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U.S. Air Force awards GPS III launch services contract

Submit on Thursday, April 28th, 2016 22:56

The U.S. Air Force announced the award of the first competitively sourced National Security Space (NSS) launch services contract in more than a decade. Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) was awarded a contract for Global Positioning System (GPS) III Launch Services – by default as its competitor ULA did not bid for the contract.

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Japan gives up on ASTRO-H

Submit on Thursday, April 28th, 2016 22:55

Japan’s space agency said that the ASTRO-H ‘Hitomi’ x-ray satellite has failed, concluding a month-long effort to salvage the ambitious project closely watched across the globe.

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Jason-3 passes final in-orbit acceptance review

Submit on Thursday, April 28th, 2016 22:54

Launched in January 2016, the Jason-3 operational oceanography satellite recently passed its in-orbit acceptance review. Jason-3 is a quadripartite programme between Eumetsat and NOAA (the European and American weather satellite organisations), and the French and American space agencies, CNES and NASA.

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