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Archive for April, 2019

China launches experimental mapping satellites

April 30th, 2019 by

Rocket: Chang Zheng 4B; Payload: two Tianhui II-01 satellites; Date: 29 April 2019, 2252 UTC; Launch site: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, China.

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NASA investigation uncovers cause of science mission launch failures

April 30th, 2019 by

NASA Launch Services Program (LSP) investigators have determined the technical root cause for the Taurus XL launch failures of NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) and Glory missions in 2009 and 2011, respectively: faulty materials provided by aluminium manufacturer, Sapa Profiles, Inc. (SPI).

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ESA may lose member state support if ExoMars postponed – Director-General

April 30th, 2019 by

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Russia’s Roskosmos should not consider postponing the launch of the ExoMars mission as its rescheduling will lead to the loss of support from European member countries, Director-General Jan Woerner was quoted as saying.

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AEHF-4 on-orbit test proves successful and marks first of its kind

April 30th, 2019 by

Lockheed Martin announced the successful completion of AEHF-4 spacecraft on-orbit test and available for Satellite Control Availability (SCA).

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SpaceX CRS-17 launch now scheduled for 1 May

April 29th, 2019 by

NASA’s commercial cargo provider SpaceX is targeting 0759 on Wednesday, 1 May for the launch of its 17th resupply mission to the International Space Station after successful completion of its static fire engine test.

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UK delivers most accurate weather satellite instrument

April 29th, 2019 by

Collaboration between the UK and France has developed a forecasting instrument that will set new standards of accuracy in short term weather prediction, the UK Space Agency said.

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