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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.Related Post:Shuttle launch delayed againSTS-119 delayed three more days at leastDelay of the day: STS-119Hubble mission to start one day earlier than previously plannedNASA to launch Discovery as plannedNext shuttle launch on 13 June7 February confirmed as STS-122 launch dateSTS-123 launch date confirmedZemanta

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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.Related Post:Shuttle launch delayed againSTS-119 delayed three more days at leastDelay of the day: STS-119Hubble mission to start one day earlier than previously plannedNASA to launch Discovery as plannedNext shuttle launch on 13 June7 February confirmed as STS-122 launch dateSTS-123 launch date confirmedZemanta

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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.Related Post:Shuttle launch delayed againSTS-119 delayed three more days at leastDelay of the day: STS-119Hubble mission to start one day earlier than previously plannedNASA to launch Discovery as plannedNext shuttle launch on 13 June7 February confirmed as STS-122 launch dateSTS-123 launch date confirmedZemanta

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Athena-Fidus readied for Arianespace’s first heavy-lift mission of 2014

December 27th, 2013 by

The multi-role Athena-Fidus satellite has completed initial checkout at the Spaceport as it is readied for a dual-payload, geostationary transfer orbit launch on Arianespace’s first flight in 2014.Related Post:Shuttle launch delayed againSTS-119 delayed three more days at leastDelay of the day: STS-119Hubble mission to start one day earlier than previously plannedNASA to launch Discovery as plannedNext shuttle launch on 13 June7 February confirmed as STS-122 launch dateSTS-123 launch date confirmedZemanta

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Spektr-RG instrument to be redesigned; launch delayed to 2015

December 27th, 2013 by

The launch of Russia’s Spektr-RG satellite has been delayed until 2015 owing to problems with a German-built telescope.Related Post:Shuttle launch delayed againSTS-119 delayed three more days at leastDelay of the day: STS-119Hubble mission to start one day earlier than previously plannedNASA to launch Discovery as plannedNext shuttle launch on 13 June7 February confirmed as STS-122 launch dateSTS-123 launch date confirmedZemanta

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Skybox Imaging captures first high-resolution video of Earth from space

December 27th, 2013 by

Skybox Imaging announced the release of the world’s first high-resolution, high-definition video of Earth taken by a commercial remote sensing satellite. These videos were taken by SkySat-1, the first of Skybox’s planned constellation of 24 satellites.Related Post:Shuttle launch delayed againSTS-119 delayed three more days at leastDelay of the day: STS-119Hubble mission to start one day earlier than previously plannedNASA to launch Discovery as plannedNext shuttle launch on 13 June7 February confirmed as STS-122 launch dateSTS-123 launch date confirmedZemanta

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