Month: April 2018

Image: Iridium Communications Photo: Smithsonian Air & Space Museum Iridium 13 re-entered the atmosphere on April 29, 2018 after over 20 years in orbit as part of the original Iridium Communications Constellation, a low-orbiting satellite system for global communications including voice and point-to-point data services via 66 active satellites in six orbital planes. The original
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Image: Khrunichev A Briz-M propellant tank re-entered the atmosphere on April 29, 2018 after three and a half years in orbit, making a slow decay from an elliptical orbit where it arrived as part of a mission to Geostationary Transfer Orbit. The Proton-M / Briz-M rocket launched the Yamal 401 communications satellite under a commercial
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Image: NRL, NPS The STARE B (Horus) satellite, launched on a Minotaur rocket as part of the ORS-3 cluster mission, re-entered on April 26, 2018 after four and a half years in orbit. NORAD ID: 39397Origin: USAObject: STARE B (Horus)Type: 3U CubeSatMass: ~3kgInclination: 40.5°Launched: November 20, 2013 – 01:15 UTCLaunch Vehicle: Minotaur ILaunch Site: Wallops,
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AngoSat & Team before Launch – Photo: RSC Energia The Russian-built AngoSat-1 communications satellite has been officially declared lost this week after repeated attempts to revive the crippled spacecraft had been in vain. The Angolan Government, which had hoped to use the satellite for TV distribution and telecommunications, declared the satellite a total loss on
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Photo: CCTV via Weibo A Chinese, all-solid-fueled Long March 11 rocket packed with five Earth-imaging satellites lifted off from the country’s Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 4:42 UTC on Thursday. Hidden under the rocket’s payload fairing was the second group of commercial imaging satellites for operator Zhuhai Orbita Control Engineering Ltd., designated OVS-2A and OHS-2A
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Huntington Beach, California and Auckland, New Zealand April 25, 2018: Rocket Lab and NASA have carried out the integration of the CubeSat payloads scheduled to launch on the Electron rocket in the first half of 2018 for NASA’s first ever Venture Class Launch Services (VCLS) mission. The flight will constitute the smallest class of dedicated
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On Wednesday, April 18th at 6:51 p.m. EDT, SpaceX successfully launched NASA’s TESS spacecraft from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage successfully landed on “Of Course I Still Love You,” SpaceX’s droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. Falcon 9 delivered TESS to
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Huntington Beach, California and Auckland, New Zealand April 18, 2018: US orbital launch provider Rocket Lab and spacecraft platform developer York Space Systems have entered into an MOU to develop a universal Interface Control Document (ICD) and supporting Concepts of Operations (CONOPS) that will streamline the manifesting process for small satellite launch customers. By removing
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Huntington Beach, California, 3 April 2018: US orbital launch provider Rocket Lab has today confirmed it will open a 14-day launch window this month to conduct the company’s first fully commercial launch. The mission, named ‘It’s Business Time’, includes manifested payloads for Spire Global and GeoOptics Inc., built by Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems. The 14-day ‘It’s Business Time’ launch window
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