An ILS Proton Breeze M rocket successfully launched the Nimiq 6 commercial communications satellite for the satellite operator Telesat at 1912 GMT on 17 May from the Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan. After a 9 hour 14 minute 5-burn mission, the Breeze M upper stage successfully released the satellite into its planned geostationary transfer orbit. The satellite, which uses a version of the Space Systems Loral, SS/L-1300 bus design, will use its on-board propulsion to positition itself into its final geostationary Earth orbit position.
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The Japanese climate change monitoring satellite GCOM-W1 (SHIZUKU) was launched successfully at 1639 GMT on 17th May 2012 by a Japanese H-2A202 launch vehicle. The lift off took place at Japan’s main launch site at Tanegashima. Also aboard was the South Korean Earth observation satellite Kompsat 3 and two small satellites HORYU 2 and SDS 4.
As the Malaysian satellite operator Measat sues Intelsat over an alleged breach of contract and for alleged lost earnings due to a damage-related launch delay, Measat has revealed details about exactly how the damage was done to its Measat 3A satellite.
After Internatioal Space Station Dutch astronaut Andre Kuipers played Sir Elton John’s famous song Rocket Man to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of the song, so now the 65 year old singer has sent up a video of a live version which he performed in Las Vegas, also to celebrate the 40th anniversary.
The United Kingdom’s Institude of Directors (IoD) has commissioned a report into Britain’s Space Industry. The report called Space: Britain’s New Space Infrastructure notes how well the space business is doing in the United Kingdom. While it reports that this is mainly on the back of “downstream” activities like satellite television and space insurance., it also states that Britain has found itself a successful niche role in spacecraft manufacturing via Astrium and Surrey Satelltie Technology Limited (both firms are owned by EADS).
The Russian military spacecraft designated Cosmos 2480 was successfully launched at 1405 GMT by a Soyuz U launch vehicle flying from the Plesetsk launch site in Northern Russia. The spacecraft is believed to be a Yantar-4K2M (Kobalt M) class military reconnaissance satellite.
The Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft carrying the crew of NASA astronaut Joe Acaba and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin successfully docked with the Poisk module of the International Space Station at 0436 GMT on 17/05/2012.
An Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicle successfully launched the Japansese commercial communications satellite JCSAT-13 along with the Vietnamese communications satellite Vinasat 2 at 2213 GMT from the Kourou launch site in French Guiana.
While ratings for the UK TV talent show The Voice continue to decline on BBC television, one of the judges, Will.i.am, still has fans in the space business it seems. For according to the UK-based tabloid newspaper The Sun, NASA has asked the Black Eyed Peas band member to come up with a song to be broadcast back to Earth on a future NASA science mission to Mars. Will-i-am has previously worked with NASA before, on twitter to encourage interest in NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission, and as a narrator on a NASA TV documentary.
A Russian Soyuz-FG rocket successfully launched the Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft carrying three crew to the International Space Station (ISS) at 0301 GMT this morning, 15 May. The three crew are Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka, Mission Commander. Cosmonaut Sergei Revin, Flight engineer and US astronaut Joe Acaba, Flight engineer. The spacecraft is scheduled to dock with […]
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