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Archive for July 8th, 2014

Russia launches meteorological satellite

July 8th, 2014 by

Rocket: Soyuz 2-1B/Fregat; Payload: Meteor-M2, six secondary satellites; Date: 8 July 2014, 1558 UTC, Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The The Meteor-M2 weather satellite was released into a near-polar, Sun-synchronous orbit.

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Soyuz on the launch pad in French Guiana

July 8th, 2014 by

The Soyuz for Arianespace’s next medium-lift mission has arrived at the launch zone in French Guiana, where it stands ready to receive the four satellite passengers that will join O3b Networks’ high-speed connectivity system.

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Spaceflight announces launch services agreement with DLR

July 8th, 2014 by

Spaceflight Inc. has signed the German Aerospace Center (DLR) to a launch services agreement for the Eu:CROPIS mission. The Eu:CROPIS spacecraft is scheduled for a rideshare launch on a Spaceflight SHERPA vehicle in 2017.

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ULA completes CDR for Boeing commercial crew accommodations at launch pad

July 8th, 2014 by

United Launch Alliance (ULA) recently completed a Critical Design Review (CDR) of the launch site accommodations that will support commercial crew launches of Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 at Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41) in Florida.

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Boeing to build Intelsat 35e

July 8th, 2014 by

Boeing announced it will build the Intelsat 35e Epic Next Generation satellite for Intelsat. This also marks Intelsat’s ninth order for a satellite based on Boeing’s 702MP (medium power) platform.

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ADS completes production of heat shields for 2016 ExoMars mission

July 8th, 2014 by

Airbus Defence and Space has just completed the production of the two heat shields for the first European ExoMars mission in 2016. These shields will protect the Schiaparelli capsule when it descends through the Martian atmosphere. They will be delivered shortly to Thales Alenia Space (TAS), the prime contractor on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA).

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