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Archive for March, 2016

China launches 22nd Beidou navsat

March 30th, 2016 by

Rocket: Chang Zheng 3A; Payload: Beidou 22 [Beidou Daohang Weixing 21, Beidou DW 21, Beidou-2 I6]; Date: 29 March 2016, 2011 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. The navigation satellite was placed in a 200 km x 35,797 km x 55.0 degrees geosynchronous transfer orbit.

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Russia may launch up to 3 GLONASS satellites in 2016

March 30th, 2016 by

Russia may launch two or three GLONASS navigation satellites this year, a senior space industry official said. The official noted that the launches of the satellites would depend on the state of the GLONASS system.

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22 passengers for next PSLV launch

March 30th, 2016 by

India is planning to launch a record 22 satellites by a single rocket in May this year from the southern spaceport of Sriharikota, an official said.

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DARPA programme aims to facilitate robotic servicing of GEO satellites

March 30th, 2016 by

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced its new Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) programme, which is to develop technologies that would enable co-operative inspection and servicing in GEO and demonstrating those technologies on orbit within the next five years.

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MDA to provide additional DigitalGlobe direct access ground stations

March 30th, 2016 by

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. has been awarded two contracts with a total value of several million dollars from DigitalGlobe Inc. to provide new ground station solutions to two international customers.

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JAXA’s Hitomi in trouble

March 27th, 2016 by

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said that communication with the X-ray Astronomy Satellite “Hitomi” (ASTRO-H), launched on 17 February 2016 (UTC), failed at the start of its operation originally scheduled for 0740UTC, Saturday, 26 March.

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