Month
October 2017

Minotaur-C delivers SkySat satellites during first mission after six years

After lasting six years break Orbital ATK Minotaur-C rocket raised over Vandenberg Air Force base with ten satellites under its fairing.  Perfect weather at SLC-576E launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base made possible first launch of Minotaur-C rocket since failed mission of 3110 model with Glory, KySat-1, Hermes and Explorer-1 satellites. Last time rocket also was launched from SLC-576E and failed Continue Reading The post Minotaur-C delivers SkySat satellites during first mission after six years appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

Koreasat-5A delivered to orbit by Falcon-9

SpaceX Falcon-9 delivered to orbit yesterday, on October 30, 2017 Koreasat-5A communications satellite from Kennedy Space Center. It was 16th launch of Falcon-9 in 2017 and first contracted for KT Sat Co., Ltd., the largest telecom and media service provider in Korea. Satellite was manufactured by Thales Alenia Space Under contract from 2014. It was based on Spacebus-4000B2 powered by two deployable solar Continue Reading The post Koreasat-5A delivered to orbit by Falcon-9 appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

Delta 2 under preparations before launch Vandenberg Air Force Base

Delta 2 rocket soon will pass through encapsulation process with JPSS-1 satellite. Latest weather satellite designed and manufactured for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration soon will be encapsulated under Delta 2 payload fairing at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Satellite was already raised on special elevator to reach second stage of Delta 2 last Tuesday at Space Launch Complex 2-West. This marked begun Continue Reading The post Delta 2 under preparations before launch Vandenberg Air Force Base appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

SpaceX after test fire before Koreasat-5A mission

SpaceX performed yesterday successful test fire of Falcon-9 booster at Kennedy Space Center before launch planned to October 30, 2017. The Merlin 1D engines were fired yesterday on October 26 at 16:00 UTC. Rocket was previously rolled out to Launch Pad 39A without payload to avoid situation which took place one year ago when after similar test fire rocket exploded Continue Reading The post SpaceX after test fire before Koreasat-5A mission appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

Galileo delivered to French Guiana

Two more Galileo satellites reached French Guiana to reach space later this year. Galileo 21 and Galileo 22 reached French Guiana inside Boeing 747 Cargo on October 17 after journey from Luxembourg Airport. Delivered in special air conditioned containers were delivered on special lorry to Guiana Space Center facility where two other Galileos have been remaining since September 18, 2017. Four Continue Reading The post Galileo delivered to French Guiana appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]