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Archive for March 28th, 2009

ESA and CNES sign contract on Guiana Space Centre (CSG)

March 28th, 2009 by

On 25 March, ESA and CNES, the French Space Agency, signed a EUR435 million contract assuring the availability of the CSG launch range for ESA programmes and activities and for the exploitation of Ariane, Vega and Soyuz launchers over the period 2009 to 2013.

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H-IIB test postponed after anomaly

March 28th, 2009 by

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. said the the first captive firing test of the First Stage Flight Model Tank for the H-IIB Launch Vehicle, scheduled for 27 March 2009 at the Tanegashima Space Center, was postponed.

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Preparations for next two ILS Proton launches

March 28th, 2009 by

At Baikonur, an integrated team of personnel from Khrunichev and Roskosmos successfully completed operations on assembly of the Proton Briz M rocket with the W2A spacecraft. Also, preparations have begun for the Proton M Launch of ProtoStar II.

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Astrium-built Hotbird 10 satellite for Eutelsat ready for service

March 28th, 2009 by

Following testing in orbit, Eutelsat’s Hotbird 10 is scheduled by the end of March to commence more than 15 years of service at 7 degrees West in geostationary orbit.

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Those finer details

March 28th, 2009 by

The Indian Space Research Organisation said that the Radar Imaging Satellite (RISAT) expected to be launched by the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle from Sriharikota next month, is not an Israeli one. But what about its payload?

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Russia monitors Kosmos 2421 debris

March 28th, 2009 by

Almost a year ago, Russia denied that its Kosmos 2421 spy satellite was falling apart. Now officials said they were monitoring about 30 pieces of debris that broke away to ensure they don’t jeopardise the International Space Station and its crew.

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