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Archive for April 28th, 2016

First launch from Vostochny successful

April 28th, 2016 by

Rocket: Soyuz 2-1a/Volga; Payload: Mikhailo V. Lomonosov [MLV-300], Aist-2D and SamSat-2018 [Kontakt-NS]; Date: 28 April 2016, 0201 UTC; Launch site: Vostochny, Russia. The separation of spacecraft was completed normally at 0407 UTC. Normal separation was confirmed during a communications session at 0505 UTC. Contact has been established with the satellites.

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Final IRNSS satellite launched for NAVIC navigation system

April 28th, 2016 by

Rocket: PSLV-C33; Payload: IRNSS-1G; Date: 28 April 2016, 0720 UTC; Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota, India. IRNSS-1G, the seventh satellite of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) was deployed into a Sub-Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (Sub-GTO).

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Intelsat 31 May launch on 28 May

April 28th, 2016 by

Russia’s first upgraded Proton-M rocket may be launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on 28 May, a space industry source was quoted as saying by Novosti.

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U.S. Air Force awards GPS III launch services contract

April 28th, 2016 by

The U.S. Air Force announced the award of the first competitively sourced National Security Space (NSS) launch services contract in more than a decade. Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) was awarded a contract for Global Positioning System (GPS) III Launch Services – by default as its competitor ULA did not bid for the contract.

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Japan gives up on ASTRO-H

April 28th, 2016 by

Japan’s space agency said that the ASTRO-H ‘Hitomi’ x-ray satellite has failed, concluding a month-long effort to salvage the ambitious project closely watched across the globe.

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Jason-3 passes final in-orbit acceptance review

April 28th, 2016 by

Launched in January 2016, the Jason-3 operational oceanography satellite recently passed its in-orbit acceptance review. Jason-3 is a quadripartite programme between Eumetsat and NOAA (the European and American weather satellite organisations), and the French and American space agencies, CNES and NASA.

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