Month
June 2017

Ariane 5 delivers two communications satellites to orbit during its fourth flight in 2017

Arianespace delivered to orbit from Guiana Space Center two communications satellites, Hellas-Sat 3/Inmarsat S EAN and GSAT 17 during VA238 flight – seventh for Arianespace in 2017. Both satellites were launched from French Guiana on Wednesday and will improve using WIFI service by air travellers from Europe on their way to Africa and Middle East and support local communications services in Continue Reading The post Ariane 5 delivers two communications satellites to orbit during its fourth flight in 2017 appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

Will NASA use Soyuz manned flights after 2020 ?

According to latest news given by TASS news agency we can expect that even after introducing two new manned spacecrafts, NASA will probably keep using Soyuz spacecraft for delivering astronauts to International Space Station. It seems that this confirms previous gossips from the late 2016, that both new manned Dragon by SpaceX and CST-100 by Boeing suffer for huge delay. Still Continue Reading The post Will NASA use Soyuz manned flights after 2020 ? appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

Busy weekend for SpaceX

Two Falcon-9 rockets reached space during last weekend and delivered ten Iridium satellites and first Bulgarian GEO communications satellite, BulgariaSat-1. It was pretty hard weekend for SpaceX. Two launches contracted for two different companies with two different payloads and from two different launch sites were surely exhausting for launch team specialists. SpaceX managed to show its professionalism and conducted both Continue Reading The post Busy weekend for SpaceX appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

PSLV-XL delivered CartoSat-2E satellite to orbit

Indian PSLV-XL launch vehicle managed to deliver to orbit CartoSat-2E and 30 satellites as secondary payload after flawless launch conducted from Satish Dhawan Space Center. This mission was fourth launch conducted by ISRO in 2017. Mission of PSLV was planned for 03:59 UTC; main objective was delivering Cartosat-2E satellite to Sun Synchronous Orbit to altitude of 505  km inclined 97.4 degrees to Continue Reading The post PSLV-XL delivered CartoSat-2E satellite to orbit appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

Tianzhou-1 performs rendez vous with Tiangong-2

After refueling finished last week, this time Tianzhou-1 robotic cargo spacecraft and Tiangong-2 space station separated for five hours to perform rendez vous maneuver. Tianzhou-1 conducted correct separation yesterday. Maneuver was performed completely without any engagement from Earth – both Tianzhou-1 and Tiangong-2 were relying only on their onboard computers during whole process. After releasing bolts at 01:37 UTC cargo spacecraft Continue Reading The post Tianzhou-1 performs rendez vous with Tiangong-2 appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]