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Archive for December, 2013

First launch of Soyuz 2-1v is last launch of 2013

December 28th, 2013 by

Rocket: Soyuz 2-1v; Payload: AIST, two calibration spheres plus some ballast mass; Date: 28 December 2013, 1234 UTC; Launch site: Plesetsk, Russia. The inaugural mission of the new rocket was a success, its manufacturer TsSKB Progress said.

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GSLV is go for launch

December 28th, 2013 by

ISRO said the Mission Readiness Review (MRR) team and the Launch Authorisation Board (LAB) have cleared the GSLV-D5/GSAT 14 launch at 1158 UTC on 5 January 2014.

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Control of TKSat-1 transferred to Bolivia

December 28th, 2013 by

China Great Wall Industry Corporation said that TKSat-1 has arrived at 87.2 degrees West. The satellite was handed over to Bolivia on 27 December.

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Update: Proton lifts off with Ekspress AM5 satellite

December 27th, 2013 by

The Ekspress-AM5 telecommunications spacecraft, designed and constructed by Information Satellite Systems – Reshetnev Company, was successfully launched into supersynchronous transfer orbit on 26 December 2013. A ground control station received signals from the spacecraft, verifying it is healthy in orbit – solar panels deployed, the onboard equipment is performing as designed, Sun acquisition has been completed successfully.

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NASA and JAXA announce launch date for Global Precipitation Satellite

December 27th, 2013 by

NASA and JAXA selected 1807 to 2007 UTC on 27 February as the launch date and launch window for a Japanese H-IIA rocket carrying the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory satellite from JAXA’s Tanegashima Space Center.

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Update: Delay of the day: Soyuz-2.1v (again)

December 27th, 2013 by

The inaugural launch of the Soyuz-2-1v rocket has again been rescheduled. Lift-off from Plesetsk is now planned for 28 December, 1000 UTC.

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