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Archive for December 6th, 2020

Dragon supply vessel launched to ISS

December 6th, 2020 by

Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: Dragon; Date: 6 December 2020, 0617 UTC; Launch site: Kennedy Space Center, Florida/USA. The Dragon resupply spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station with more than 2,880 kg of science investigations, a new airlock, and other cargo.

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China launches new Earth observation satellite

December 6th, 2020 by

Rocket: Chang Zheng-3B/G5; Payload: Gaofen-14; Date: 6 December 2020, 0358 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. The observation satellite was released into a 481 km x 496 km x 97.36 degrees Sun-synchronous orbit (SSO).

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Hayabusa2 sample return capsule lands in Australia

December 6th, 2020 by

The return capsule of JAXA’s Hayabusa2 mission has safely landed in Australia, hopefully carrying rock samples from beneath the surface of asteroid Ryugu that scientists say could provide clues to the origin of the solar system and life on our planet.

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China completes Change’5 manoeuvres in lunar orbit

December 6th, 2020 by

The ascender of China’s Chang’e-5 probe successfully rendezvoused and docked with the orbiter-returner combination in lunar orbit, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced Sunday.

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AEHF-6 control authority transferred to Space Operations Command

December 6th, 2020 by

The U.S Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center’s Production Corps successfully transferred Satellite Control Authority of the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) Space Vehicle 6 to Space Operations Command on 29 October. Operational Acceptance is expected to occur before the end of the year after operational testing has successfully concluded. The fourth Space Operation Squadron will exercise operational control as the satellite is integrated into the constellation.

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MetOp-SG-B scatterometer antenna passes test

December 6th, 2020 by

The scatterometer (SCA) antenna subsystem of the weather satellite MetOp-SG-B, built by prime contractor Airbus Defence and Space, has successfully passed the Test Review Board (TRB). This validates the technical quality of the antenna design and production.

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