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GLONASS-M satellite delivered for launch

April 25, 2016By
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Another GLONASS-M satellite, designed and built by a team of Information Satellite Systems – Reshetnev Company, has been delivered to the Plesetsk cosmodrome. Accompanied by the company’s technical team and housed in a dedicated high-technology container, it was shipped to the Yemelyanovo Airport of Krasnoyarsk and then flew to the Plesetsk cosmodrome aboard a cargo aircraft IL-76. At the cosmodrome, ISS-Reshetnev... read more

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Ground-based Galileo satellite joins post-launch dress rehearsal

March 29, 2016By
Members of the joint Galileo Launch and Early Operations Phase (LEOP) team at work in CNES Toulouse. A joint team from ESA and France’s CNES space agency oversee Galileo LEOPs – the initial switching on and checking and configuration of satellite systems. LEOP is run from either ESOC or CNES Toulouse, on an alternating basis. (Photo: ESA)

News from the European Space Agency The navigation satellite set to become the 16th in the Galileo constellation has been taken through a Europe-wide rehearsal for its launch and early operations in space. Sitting in the cleanroom environment of ESA’s ESTEC technology centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, the satellite was last week linked to a trio of sites across the... read more

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India’s IRNSS-1F satellite on countdown to launch

March 9, 2016By
Panoramic view of fully integrated PSLV-C32 with IRNSS-1F being moved to second launch pad (SLP).

The countdown for the launch of of a rocket carrying Indian Regional Navigation Satellite Sytem-IRNSS-1F began at 9:30 a.m. local time at the Sriharikota rocket port in Andhra Pradesh, reports the New Indian Express. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) is expected to blast off around 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, following a 54-hour 30-minute countdown. “Like the countdowns for the... read more

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Two Galileo satellites scheduled for May launch

February 29, 2016By
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Another pair of Galileo navigation satellites is scheduled for launch by Soyuz rocket in May, ahead of a quartet on an Ariane 5 in the autumn, bringing the Galileo system a step closer to operational use. read more

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Russia launches GLONASS-M 51 into orbit

February 8, 2016By
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A GLONASS-M satellite was launched into orbit on Feb. 7 at 03:21 Moscow time from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome spaceport, reports the Russian space agency Roscosmos.  The Russian Defense Ministry successfully launched GLONASS-M 51 (known as 751 in orbit) aboard a Soyuz-2.1b rocket with a Fregat upper stage. Three and a half hours after lift-off, the satellite separated from the upper stage and ground control established communications with it. The... read more

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Air Force successfully launches GPS IIF-12 satellite

February 8, 2016By
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the GPS IIF-12 mission lifted off from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral. (Photo: ULA)

The U.S. Air Force successfully launched the 12th Boeing-built GPS IIF satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 8:38 a.m. EST (5:38 a.m. PST) on Feb. 5. “Today’s launch is a significant achievement in the history of GPS, as we launch the last of... read more

Launch of last GPS IIF satellite shifts to Friday

February 2, 2016By
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The U.S. Air Force plans to launch the 12th — and final — satellite in the Block IIF series of modernized GPS spacecraft this week. Originally scheduled to launch Feb. 3, the launch has been moved to Friday, Feb. 5. According to United Launch Alliance (ULA), the cause for the schedule slip was “concerns over the integrity of electrical connectors on the Atlas V... read more

China launches 21st Beidou navigation satellite

February 1, 2016By
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China has launched its 21st BeiDou satellite into orbit, according to Xinhua News Agency, the official press agency of the People’s Republic of China. The launch took place at 3:29 p.m. Beijing Time (07:29 UTC) on Monday, Feb. 1. Launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan, the satellite was boosted by a Long March-3C carrier rocket... read more

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