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Archive for December, 2021

NextGen Acquisition Corp. II announces closing of business combination with Virgin Orbit

December 30th, 2021 by

NextGen Acquisition Corp. II announced the closing of its business combination with Vieco USA, Inc., the parent company of Virgin Orbit.

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Iranian satellite launch?

December 30th, 2021 by

Iran said Thursday it launched a rocket with a satellite carrier bearing three research devices into space, though it’s unclear if any of the objects entered orbit around the Earth.

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China’s double year-end launch (part II)

December 30th, 2021 by

Rocket: Chang Zheng 3B/E; Payload: TJSW-9 [Tongxin Jishu Shiyan Weixing 9]; Date: 29 December 2021, 1643 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. The communications technology test satellite was deployed into geosynchronous transfer orbit.

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China’s double year-end launch (part I)

December 30th, 2021 by

Rocket: Chang Zheng 2D; Payload: Tianhui 4; Date: 29 December 2021, 1113 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. The cartography satellite was placed into a Sun-synchronous orbit.

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Close encounters of the SpaceX kind

December 29th, 2021 by

China accused the United States of irresponsible and unsafe conduct in space over two close encounters between the Chinese space station and satellites operated by SpaceX. The country’s Tiangong space station had to manoeuvre to avoid colliding with one Starlink satellite in July and with another in October, according to a note submitted by Beijing to the United Nations space agency this month.

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Precise Ariane 5 launch likely to extend Webb’s expected lifetime

December 29th, 2021 by

After a successful launch of the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope on 25 December, and completion of two mid-course correction manoeuvres, the Webb team has analysed its initial trajectory and determined the observatory should have enough propellant to allow support of science operations in orbit for significantly more than a 10-year lifetime (the minimum baseline for the mission is five years).

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