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Spanish radar satellite launched

Submit on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 22:59

Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: PAZ, Microsat-2a, Microsat-2b; Date: 22 February 2018, 1417 UTC; Launch site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, USA. Ten minutes after launch, the PAZ satellite separated from the launcher and will soon be positioned at its 514 km orbit.

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ExoMars aerobraking completed

Submit on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 22:58

The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter arrived at Mars in October 2016 in an initial, highly elliptical four-day orbit of about 98,000 x 200 km. Since March 2017, ESA had been conducting an aerobraking campaign, slowing the craft and lowering its orbit (to sometimes just 103 km altitude). At 1720 UTC on 20 February, ExoMars fired its thrusters for about 16 minutes to raise the closest approach to the surface to about 200 km, well out of the atmosphere.

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Delay of the day: Falcon 9/Paz (again)

Submit on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 22:59

SpaceX called off an attempted launch of its Falcon 9 rocket due to strong high-altitude winds. The Falcon 9 launcher was scheduled to lift off at 1417 UTC from Vandenberg Air Force Base, USA.

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RS-25 engine throttles up to 113%

Submit on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 22:58

Aerojet Rocketdyne and NASA have powered up the RS-25 main engine for the agency’s heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS) to its highest thrust levels yet.

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10 years of laser communications in space

Submit on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 22:57

On 21 February 2008, the German radar satellite TerraSAR-X and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency satellite NFIRE, both equipped with Laser Communication Terminals (LCT) manufactured by Tesat-Spacecom, established the first successful and stable orbital laser link.

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Preparations continue for next Soyuz launch from French Guiana

Submit on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 22:59

On 16 February 2018, standalone check-outs of the Soyuz-ST-B LV Control System began in the Guiana Space Center as part of the O3b launch campaign which is to result in orbital injection of the four European telecommunication satellites.

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