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NASA shuts down Kepler

November 18th, 2018 by

On 15 November, NASA’s Kepler space telescope received its final set of commands to disconnect communications with Earth. The “goodnight” commands finalise the spacecraft’s transition into retirement, which began on 30 October with NASA’s announcement that Kepler had run out of fuel and could no longer conduct science.

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GSAT 29 placed in final geostationary orbit

November 18th, 2018 by

ISRO has successfully placed the high throughput communication satellite GSAT 29 in its final geostationary orbit. This was done after carrying out the final orbit raising operation by firing the liquid apogee motor engine for 207 seconds, the space agency said.

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Russia may design satellite for Kazakhstan

November 18th, 2018 by

Russia is working on designing a satellite for Kazakhstan, and has invited Uzbekistan to co-operate, Roskosmos representative in Kazakhstan Anatoly Krasnikov was quoted as saying.

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Ball Aerospace to build microwave satellite for USAF

November 13th, 2018 by

Ball Aerospace & Technologies has been awarded US$255 million by the U.S. Air Force for development and manufacturing of the Weather System Follow-on Microwave Space Vehicle 1.

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JAXA retrieves return capsule jettisoned from Kounotori7

November 11th, 2018 by

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on 10 November (UTC) successfully retrieved a capsule that was jettisoned from a Japanese unmanned cargo spacecraft and landed in the Pacific Ocean.

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Kounotori7 departs from ISS

November 8th, 2018 by

The Kounotori7 unmanned Japanese cargo transporter has departed the International Space Station to return to Earth with experiment samples, a first for Japan’s space agency.

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