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Archive for November 17th, 2014

Another Chinese surprise launch

November 17th, 2014 by

Rocket: Chang Zheng 2C; Payload: Yaogan-23; Date: 14 November 2014, 1853 UTC; Launch site: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, China. State media said the launch, which had not been previously announced, was successful.

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Ariane 5 rolls out to Final Assembly Building

November 17th, 2014 by

Arianespace’s sixth Ariane 5 for launch in 2014 is now ready to receive its two satellite passengers after this workhorse vehicle was moved to the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building in French Guiana.

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NASA Commercial Crew partners continue system advancements

November 17th, 2014 by

NASA said its industry partners continue to complete development milestones under agreements with the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.

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ESA commissions ADS as prime contractor for Orion service module

November 17th, 2014 by

Airbus Defence and Space has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) for the development and construction of the service module for Orion, the future U.S. human space capsule. The contract is worth around EUR390 million. The service module will provide propulsion, power supply, thermal control and the central elements of the life support system of the capsule.

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Next NASA Mars mission reaches milestone

November 17th, 2014 by

NASA’s InSight mission has begun the assembly, test and launch operations (ATLO) phase of its development, on track for a March 2016 launch to Mars. The lander, its aeroshell and cruise stage are being assembled by Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver.

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New Raytheon hyperspectral sensors for HySpecIQ satellites

November 17th, 2014 by

Two new commercial satellites will carry sensor payloads developed by Raytheon to deliver images of unprecedented depth and detail, the company said.

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