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Archive for December 3rd, 2015

Vega launches LISA Pathfinder

December 3rd, 2015 by

Rocket: Vega; Payload: LISA Pathfinder; Date: 3 December 2015, 0404 UTC; Launch site: Kourou, French Guiana. The satellite was placed in a 213 km x 1,482 km x 6.0 degrees orbit.

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PlanetiQ signs weather satellite launch contract with Antrix

December 3rd, 2015 by

PlanetiQ has signed a contract with Antrix Corporation Limited, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), for the launch of PlanetiQ’s first two weather satellites on a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) during the fourth quarter of 2016.

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Virgin Galactic announces 747 carrier for LauncherOne

December 3rd, 2015 by

Virgin Galactic has introduced a Boeing 747 to its fleet of vehicles as part of a technical update on its LauncherOne small satellite launch service. The 747-400 commercial jet aircraft, previously operated by Virgin Atlantic under the nickname ‘Cosmic Girl,’ will provide a dedicated launch platform for the LauncherOne orbital vehicle.

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Hayabusa2 performs Earth swing-by

December 3rd, 2015 by

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) performed an Earth swing-by operation of the Asteroid Explorer “Hayabusa2” on 3 December.

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U.S. Navy accepts MUOS-4

December 3rd, 2015 by

Following the completion of successful on-orbit testing, the U.S. Navy accepted the fourth Lockheed Martin-built Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite on 30 November.

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Inmarsat Global Xpress full global coverage completion

December 3rd, 2015 by

Inmarsat announced that the third satellite in its new Global Xpress fleet, Inmarsat-5 F3 (I-5 F3), which was launched in August 2015, successfully completed all its in-orbit testing (IOT) and that the spacecraft is now fully operational and station-kept in its final orbital position.

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