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ATLAS ROCKET LAUNCH SUCCESSFUL DAY AFTER EXPLOSION ATLAS ROCKET LAUNCH SUCCESSFUL DAY AFTER EXPLOSION - A new Global Positioning System satellite is on its way to orbit after blasting off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Wednesday atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The on-time 1:21 p.m. liftoff was shown live by cable networks including CNN, reflecting national attention one day after an Orbital Sciences Corp. Antares rocket exploded soon after its liftoff from Virginia's Eastern Shore. The Air Force said a review of common components between the two rockets revealed no concerns for Wednesday's launch. While the Antares failed on its fifth try, the Atlas V got off to a successful start to its 50th launch, with a near-perfect track record since 2002.   More
(Source: USA Today - Oct 29)


RUSSIANS LAUNCH PROGRESS SUPPLY SHIP TO SPACE STATION RUSSIANS LAUNCH PROGRESS SUPPLY SHIP TO SPACE STATION - Nine hours after a spectacular launch failure that destroyed a U.S. supply ship bound for the International Space Station, the Russians successfully launched a Progress cargo craft from snowy Kazakhstan Wednesday carrying 5,793 pounds of rocket fuel, water, air, crew supplies and other equipment needed aboard the lab complex. The Progress M-25M/57P spacecraft, mounted atop an upgraded Soyuz-2.1a rocket making its first flight, blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:09:43 a.m. EDT (1:09 p.m. local time) and quickly climbed away through a cloudless blue sky on an easterly trajectory setting up a six-hour four-orbit rendezvous with the space station.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Oct 29)


UNMANNED NASA ROCKET EXPLODES AFTER LIFTOFF UNMANNED NASA ROCKET EXPLODES AFTER LIFTOFF - An unmanned NASA cargo rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded Tuesday over a launchpad in Virginia. Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Antares rocket blew up six seconds after liftoff from the Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va.. The company said everyone at the launch site had been accounted for, and the damage appeared to be limited to the facilities. Flames could be seen shooting into the sky as the sun set. "Maintain your consoles," Orbital Sciences' Mission Control informed the roomful of engineers and technicians. All data were being collected for use in the ensuing investigation.   More
(Source: Fox News - Oct 28)


CHINA LAUNCHES THIRD SPACE MISSION IN A WEEK CHINA LAUNCHES THIRD SPACE MISSION IN A WEEK - China put an experimental Shijian military satellite into orbit Monday on top of a Long March rocket, marking the third Chinese space launch in a week. The Shijian 11-08 spacecraft lifted off at 0659 GMT (2:59 a.m. EDT) Monday from the Jiuquan launch base in northwest China's Gobi desert, riding a Long March 2C rocket into a sun-synchronous orbit 430 miles above Earth. The two-stage liquid-fueled rocket blasted off at 2:59 p.m. Beijing time, according to China's state-run Xinhua news agency.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Oct 28)


INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION DODGES RUSSIAN SPACE JUNK - The International Space Station sidestepped a piece of treacherous Russian space junk on October 27 just hours before the planned launch of a supply ship from an island off the eastern shore of Virginia. NASA said debris from the old, wrecked Russian satellite would have come dangerously close to the orbiting lab - just 400 meters -- if not for the move. The space station was maneuvered well out of harm's way to keep the outpost and its six inhabitants safe. NASA's Mission Control was informed of the space junk during the weekend.   More
(Source: RFERL.org - Oct 28)


PRIVATE ANTARES ROCKET LAUNCH SCRUBBED PRIVATE ANTARES ROCKET LAUNCH SCRUBBED - Tonight's Antares rocket launch was scrubbed at about 6:45 p.m. Monday because a boat entered the "mariner avoidance" hazard area. A commercial supply ship bound for the International Space Station is ready to launch from the Eastern Shore of Virginia tonight (Oct. 27), and you can watch it live. If you live on the U.S. East Coast, you might even catch a glimpse of the rocket with your own eyes. Play Video How to Get a Job in Space Packed with 5,000 lbs. (2,267 kilograms) of science experiments, astronaut clothes, food, tools and replacement parts, Orbital Sciences' unmanned Cygnus capsule is scheduled to blast off atop an Antares rocket at 6:45 p.m. EDT (2245 GMT). The launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility will mark the start of Orbital Sciences' third of eight delivery missions to the station under a $1.9 billion contract with NASA.   More
(Source: Newsobserver.com - Oct 28)


ISRO'S INDIAN SATELLITE GSAT-16 IN FRENCH GUIANA AHEAD OF DECEMBER LAUNCH ISRO'S INDIAN SATELLITE GSAT-16 IN FRENCH GUIANA AHEAD OF DECEMBER LAUNCH - Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will launch the GSAT-16 satellite in December to replace the INSAT-3E satellite as the pioneer Indian communications satellite orbiting the Earth. The satellite is in French Guiana at the moment and it is on the way to Kourou space port before it is launched into space in December. The 3.15 ton satellite will be launched Arianespace, an European launch service, and it will be flown by the Ariane-5 launcher which is named flight VA221. The payload of the GSAT-16 satellite is a C-band transponder and a Ku-band transponder which supports very small aperture terminal (VSAT) services along with emergency communication services and television facilities for India.   More
(Source: India.com - Oct 27)


CHINA'S WENCHANG TO LAUNCH SPACE STATION - China's fourth space launch center, the Wenchang satellite launch center in south China's Hainan Province, will launch the country's space station and cargo spacecrafts. Tao Zhongshan, chief engineer of the Xichang launch center, told Xinhua on Sunday that the new center will be used mainly for geosynchronous orbiters, large-tonnage space stations, cargo spacecraft, and large polar orbit satellites. Wenchang has an advantage for transportation of modules of such spacecraft as it is located near a seaport. The site's low latitude will also help the carrying capacity of rockets by about 10 percent, compared to Xichang.   More
(Source: Xinhua - Oct 27)


SPLASHDOWN! SPACEX'S DRAGON CARGO SPACESHIP RETURNS TO EARTH SPLASHDOWN! SPACEX'S DRAGON CARGO SPACESHIP RETURNS TO EARTH - A private SpaceX Dragon capsule dropped into the Pacific Ocean today (Oct. 25), returning almost 2 tons of cargo and science experiments to Earth from the International Space Station. The unmanned Dragon was released from the space station at 9:57 a.m. EDT (1357 GMT). Its parachute-guided splashdown west of Baja California, which was confirmed around 3:38 p.m. EDT (1938 GMT), marked an end to SpaceX's fourth of 12 unmanned delivery missions to the space station for NASA under a $1.6 billion contract. Dragon had been attached to the orbiting lab for a little more than month. The supply ship launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sept. 21.   More
(Source: Space.com - Oct 26)


ARGENTINA'S GEOSTATIONARY SATELLITE REACHES AND STATIONS IN PERMANENT ORBIT ARGENTINA'S GEOSTATIONARY SATELLITE REACHES AND STATIONS IN PERMANENT ORBIT - INVAP and Argentine state-run Arsat high-tech Company confirmed from the Benavidez land tracking station that the device is set in safe mode and reoriented facing the sun until further procedures. This third maneuver, which concluded Wednesday night, included technical checks of the satellite's temperature control, motor and tank pressure; the last step before beginning with the transmission service. The Arsat-1 is Argentina's first geostationary satellite built entirely with local parts, that will provide telecommunication services for a vast range of territory in South America. The satellite was launched from French Guiana in an Arianne rocket   More
(Source: MercoPress - Oct 25)

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