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Archive for December 16th, 2013

Arianespace and Astrium sign contract for 18 new Ariane 5 launchers

December 16th, 2013 by

Arianespace and Astrium have signed a contract for 18 additional Ariane 5 ECA launchers, worth more than EUR2 billion. These 18 new Ariane 5 rockets will be launched starting in 2017, following the 35 launchers that were already ordered in 2009, in the PB batch.

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Delay of the day: Orb-1

December 16th, 2013 by

NASA and Orbital Sciences Corp. Saturday moved the targeted launch date of the Orbital-1 resupply mission to the International Space Station to no earlier than 20 December (UTC) to enable engineers to continue their analysis of data involving a suspect Flow Control Valve in a pump module on the starboard truss of the station that malfunctioned last week.

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Sierra Nevada Corporation completes CCDev2 contract with NASA

December 16th, 2013 by

Sierra Nevada Corporation announced that the company has successfully completed all milestones under NASA’s Commercial Crew Development 2 (CCDev2) phase.

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Iran says another monkey survives rocket launch

December 16th, 2013 by

Iran said it has sent a second live monkey into space and brought it back safely, state news agency IRNA reported.

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Chang’e 3 ‘complete success’

December 16th, 2013 by

China hailed its Chang’e-3 lunar probe mission “a complete success” after its first moon rover Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, and lander took photos of each other on lunar surface.

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USAF awards Lockheed Martin contract for two more GPS III satellites

December 16th, 2013 by

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin more than US$200 million in contract options to complete production of its fifth and sixth next-generation Global Positioning System satellites, known as GPS III.

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