On 31 May the Dragon capsule undocked from the International Space Station at 0807 GMT after having delivered some cargo and then being loaded up with some experiment results and other equipment to be returned to Earth. Once undocked the craft was manoeuvered away from the station by the robotic arm. Once clear of the […]
Archive | May, 2012
On 29 May, President Barack Obama presented the former United States Marine Corps pilot, astronaut and United States Senator John Glenn with a Medal of Freedom, during a ceremony at the White House in Washington. Glenn flew twice into orbit – the first time becoming the first US citizen in space on his Mercury-Atlas 6 (MA-6) mission in February 1962, and then again later as a 77-year-old astronaut on the Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-95) in October 1998.
Flushed with success from its Falcon 9/Dragon launch to the International Space Station, Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) launch firm has announced that it now has a commercial launch contract with Intelsat to launch commercial communications satellites via its Falcon 9 Heavy rocket.
At 0731 GMT on 29 May, China launched the Yaogan 15 satellite on a Long March 4C vehicle from the Taiyuan launch centre. Officially the satellite is to be used for for scientific experiments, land resources surveys, crop yield estimates and disaster response applications. But analysts believe that the Yaogan series of satellites are used […]
Just the Disney-Pixar Toy Story cartoon character Buzz Lightyear was so named after the Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin, so the 55-year-old British comedian and space afficionado, Frank Skinner, has also named his new baby boy Buzz.
A Long March 3B/E launch vehicle successfully launched Chinasat 2A at 1556 GMT from the Xichang launch site in China on 26 May 2011. The communications satellite which is to be placed into Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) has a mass of 5,200kg.
The European Space Agency carried out a rare test-firing yesterday of its Ariane 5 solid-fuel booster at its French Guiana spaceport. The 135-second test on a specially-designed vertical testing stand was part of the Ariane 5 Research and Technology Accompaniment (ARTA) programme, designed to validate modifications for the next production batch of boosters to be […]
Following a successful launch on 22 May, SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft spent two days chasing the International Space Station and on 25 May was ready to attempt getting into position for capture by the stations robotic arm. The capsule conducted tests of its positioning laser to cautiously approach the station until it was at a distance of […]
After Saturday’s aborted launch attempt of the Falcon 9, a second attempt on 22 May was carried out successfully. The vehicle launched at 0744 GMT from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Now in orbit the Dragon spacecraft will be conducting several tests on its chase to rendezvous with the International Space Station. The biggest test of the craft […]
Citing safety and environmental concerns a Russian Defence Ministry report is recommending the end of using old RS-20 (SS-18, Satan missile) ICBM’s for space launches. The RS-20′s were called the Dnepr when converted for space launches. The first launch of the Dnepr as a space launcher took place in 1999. Since then there have been […]
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