Atlas V • AFSPC-11

United Launch Alliance with their flagship Atlas V (551) will realize next mission for U.S. Air Force.  Rocket in 551 configuration will use 5 m wide payload fairing, five SRB boosters and single RL-10A engine installed in Centaur upper stage. As far as the main payload was not unveiled, we know that secondary payload will be ESPA Augmented Geostationary Laboratory Continue Reading The post Atlas V • AFSPC-11 appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

Delta II • ICESat-2

Second mission of Delta II rocket in 2017 after planned launch of JPSS-1 satellite on March. ICESat-2 will measure thickness of ice sheets from LEO orbit using laser altimeter.  Made for NASA by Orbital Sciences Corporation will spent on orbit 3 years performing number of maneuvers using its four 22 N and eighth 4.5 N thrusters burning hydrazine. Designated orbit Continue Reading The post Delta II • ICESat-2 appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

Antares 230 • Cygnus OA-9

One from Orbital ATK in-house missions under CRS-1 contract. Antares 230 rocket with two new RD-181 engines and larger Castor 30XL second stage. Rocket will deliver Cygnus robotic cargo spacecraft with supplies for international Space Station. Orbital will utilize during this mission enhanced version of Cygnus able to deliver up to 3200 kg of payload with Antares 230 as launch Continue Reading The post Antares 230 • Cygnus OA-9 appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

Soyuz-FG • Soyuz MS-07

Mission of three members of Expedition 54 to International Space Station. Inside Soyuz MS-07  Commander Sergey Ryazansky of the Roscosmos, Flight Engineer 1 Norishige Kanai of JAXA and Flight Engineer 2 Scott D Tingle (NASA) will travel to ISS after launch with Soyuz-FG, latest version of Soyuz rocket suitable for manned missions performed from Baikonur Cosmodrome. With length of 49.5 Continue Reading The post Soyuz-FG • Soyuz MS-07 appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]

Ariane 5 • Intelsat-32E+Sky Brasil-1 & Telkom-3S

Two satellites on atop of Ariane 5. Intelsat-32E is communication spacecraft with hosted payload of Sky Brasil-1. Spacecraft weight is 6300 kg, it is powered with two deployable solar arrays and onboard batteries (with efficiency of 16 kW). Based on Eurostar-3000X, satellite is equipped with 81 transponders (Ku and Ka band) and will operate for 15 years from GEO orbit. Continue Reading The post Ariane 5 • Intelsat-32E+Sky Brasil-1 & Telkom-3S appeared first on SpaceFlights. [...]