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Archive for March, 2018

TESS to launch on 16 April

March 28th, 2018 by

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is undergoing final preparations in Florida for its launch on 16 April.

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JWST further delayed

March 27th, 2018 by

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope currently is undergoing final integration and test phases that will require more time to ensure a successful mission. After an independent assessment of remaining tasks for the highly complex space observatory, Webb’s previously revised 2019 launch window now is targeted for approximately May 2020.

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Launch of GSAT-6A set for 29 March

March 25th, 2018 by

The 12th flight of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV), GSLV-F08 with GSAT-6A as its payload is scheduled for launch on 29 March at 1126 UTC.

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Shared launch opportunities for light satellites

March 25th, 2018 by

ESA’s Light satellite Launch opportunities initiative is investigating possible low-cost launch services based on Ariane 6, Vega and Vega-C efficiently combining payloads in the same mission and offering a standardised service to customers.

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New crew on two-day trip to ISS

March 21st, 2018 by

Rocket: Soyuz-FG; Payload: Soyuz MS-08 [Soyuz 54S]; Date: 21 March 2018, 1844 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The crewed vessel was launched on a two-day flight to the International Space Station.

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SpaceDataHighway starts full Copernicus service

March 21st, 2018 by

The Airbus-operated SpaceDataHighway has begun regularly relaying data from the Sentinel-2A satellite, after the successful end of the commissioning period. This marks the start of the SpaceDataHighway service using all four Copernicus Sentinel satellites and the beginning of a new era for space-based imagery users.

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