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Archive for March 24th, 2015

Soyuz rolled out for Galileo launch

March 24th, 2015 by

The Soyuz for Arianespace’s next medium-lift mission is in the launch zone at French Guiana, where it stands ready to receive the two spacecraft passengers that will join Europe’s Galileo global navigation satellite system.

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Japan to launch optical spy satellite on 26 March

March 24th, 2015 by

Japan will launch an information-gathering satellite (IGS) with an optical reconnaissance payload on an H-2A rocket on 26 March (UTC).

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China completes second test on new rocket’s power system

March 24th, 2015 by

The second ground test of the power system of China’s next-generation rocket was completed Monday, ahead of its first flight in 2016.

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SpaceX EELV certification on track

March 24th, 2015 by

The U.S. Air Force announced that the phase one results of the independent review panel tasked by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James to review the process for certifying SpaceX as an Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) provider.

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Orbital ATK selected to build next U.S. civilian weather satellites

March 24th, 2015 by

Orbital ATK, Inc. has been awarded a contract by NASA to design, produce and integrate up to three Joint Polar Satellite Systems (JPSS) spacecraft, to be operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to provide critical weather forecasting data and to advance environmental and oceanographic science.

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NASA reformats memory of longest-running Mars rover

March 24th, 2015 by

After avoiding use of the rover’s flash memory for three months, the team operating NASA’s 11-year-old Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reformatted the vehicle’s flash memory banks and resumed storing some data overnight for transmitting later.

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