NROL-42 delivered to orbit !

United Launch Alliance Atlas V (541) delivered today to orbit classified payload for National Reconnaissance Office after launch from Vandenberg Air Force base SLC-3 launch site. Finally Atlas V proved to be ready during final inspection before launch – this time booster caused no issues like on original launch date when ground service team found and reported problems with faulty Continue Reading The post NROL-42 delivered to orbit ! appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

NROL-42 and Atlas V delayed

Launch of the classified payload for National Reconnaissance Office was delayed due the technical reasons connected with launch vehicle. Launch of the NROL-42 was planned for today at 05:38 UTC from LC-3E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Rocket was ready at the launch site with payload encapsulated and attached with fairing on September 16, 2017. Weather forecast were Continue Reading The post NROL-42 and Atlas V delayed appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

Soyuz-2.1b delivers Glonass-52M satellite from Plesetsk Cosmodrome

Glonass-52M navigation satellite was delivered today on September 22, 2017, to orbit from Launch Site 43/4 at Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Northern Russia. Soyuz-2.1b combined with Fregat-M delivered Glonass-52M to 191000 km orbit inclined  64.8 degrees toward the Equator. Satellite was correctly deployed and will join constellation of 23 operational satellites, which are virtually remaining technically unchanged since first launch in Continue Reading The post Soyuz-2.1b delivers Glonass-52M satellite from Plesetsk Cosmodrome appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

NROL-42 already on Friday

United Launch Alliance will deliver to orbit NROL-42 to orbit on Friday, September 22, 2017. Classified payload will be operated and controlled by National Reconnaissance Office intelligence satellite. Launch is planned for 05:38 UTC from SLC-3E launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force base in California. Payload will be satellite collecting radio signals from Molniya orbit for American intelligence. It will Continue Reading The post NROL-42 already on Friday appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

Tianzhou-1 after refueling session

Chinese robotic spacecraft performed successfully another refueling of Tiangong-2 space station after docking which followed lasting 12 weeks solo mission. Tianzhou-1 robotic spacecraft continues its mission started on 20 April 2017. After first sessions of refueling performed on April 24, 2017 and solo mission which lasted for 12 weeks, vehicle is facing next mission objectives. This time it was planned Continue Reading The post Tianzhou-1 after refueling session appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]