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Galileo 11 and 12 in orbit

December 17th, 2015 by

Rocket: Soyuz; Payload: Galileo 11 (FM 7), Galileo 12 (FM 8); Date: 17 December 2015, 1151:56 UTC; Launch site: Sinnamary, French Guiana. Less than four hours after lift-off they reached their planned orbit at an altitude of around 23,000 kilometers.

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China launches scientific satellite

December 17th, 2015 by

Rocket: Chang Zheng 2D; Payload: DAMPE “Wokong”; Date: 17. December 2015, 0012 UTC; Lauch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China.

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Mars InSight spacecraft shipped to California for March launch

December 17th, 2015 by

NASA’s next Mars spacecraft has arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, for final preparations before a launch scheduled in March 2016 and a landing on Mars six months later.

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NOAA’s Jason-3 spacecraft ready for launch

December 17th, 2015 by

The launch of Jason-3, an international mission led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to continue U.S.- European satellite measurements of the topography of the ocean surfaces, is scheduled for launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Sunday, 17 January 2016.

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ESA and Arianespace sign Webb Telescope launch contract

December 17th, 2015 by

ESA and Arianespace announced the signature of the launch services contract for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), to be orbited by an Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The launch is planned for October 2018.

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Orbital ATK awarded contract by ULA for large composite structures

December 17th, 2015 by

Orbital ATK, Inc. has been awarded a contract from United Launch Alliance (ULA) for large-size composite structures to be used for the Atlas V and Delta IV vehicles in support of the current United States Air Force Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles (EELV) programmes.

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