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Archive for August 2nd, 2010

China launches first navigation satellite for inclined GSO

August 2nd, 2010 by

Rocket: Chang Zheng 3A; Payload: Beidou-2 IGSO-1; Date: 31 July 2010, 2130 UTC; Launch Site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. The navigation satellite was successfully placed into an elliptical transfer orbit with an inclination of about 55 degrees.

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New liquid oxygen and liquid nitrogen plant at Kourou

August 2nd, 2010 by

A new liquid oxygen and liquid nitrogen production plant is being readied for service at the Spaceport in French Guiana, supporting Arianespace’s sustained mission rate for the heavy-lift Ariane 5 and its upcoming introduction of the medium-lift Soyuz.

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Rascom-QAF1R and Nilesat 201 pre-launch details

August 2nd, 2010 by

The Rascom-QAF1R and Nilesat 201 telecommunications satellites, designed and built by Thales Alenia Space, are now ready for launch.

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Ball Aerospace ships STPSat-2 to Alaska

August 2nd, 2010 by

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has shipped the STPSat-2 satellite built for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, Space Development and Test Wing (SDTW) to Alaska’s Kodiak Launch Complex for scheduled lift-off aboard a Minotaur 4 rocket for an autumn 2010 launch.

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Astrium signs development contract with Vietnam for VNREDSat-1

August 2nd, 2010 by

Astrium has signed a contract worth EUR55.2 million with the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) for the development, manufacture and launch of an Earth observation optical satellite system.

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NASA and ESA’s first joint mission to Mars selects instruments

August 2nd, 2010 by

NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) have embarked on a joint programme to explore Mars in the coming decades and selected the five science instruments for the first mission.

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