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CHINESE, POLISH SATELLITES LAUNCHED BY LONG MARCH CHINESE, POLISH SATELLITES LAUNCHED BY LONG MARCH - A Chinese Earth-observing spacecraft and a Polish astronomical satellite launched into a nearly 400-mile-high orbit Tuesday aboard a Long March 4B rocket. The 15-story Long March 4B rocket took off at 0315 GMT Tuesday (11:15 p.m. EDT Monday) from the Taiyuan space center in northern China's Shanxi province, where it was 11:15 a.m. local time. After a 13-minute ascent into orbit, the three-stage rocket deployed the Gaofen 2 spacecraft, a civilian remote sensing satellite launched to help Chinese officials respond to disasters, survey natural resources, plot urban growth and support national security applications, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.    More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Aug 21)

CHASQUI-1 AMATEUR RADIO CUBESAT DEPLOYED FROM ISS CHASQUI-1 AMATEUR RADIO CUBESAT DEPLOYED FROM ISS - A team of Russian cosmonauts has deployed the Peruvian Chasqui-1 Amateur Radio CubeSat into orbit during a spacewalk from the International Space Station (ISS). Expedition 40 Flight Engineers Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev released the tiny, 1 kg spacecraft at 1423 UTC on August 18. Chasqui-1 is a project of the Peruvian National University of Engineering (Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria or UNI), in collaboration with the Southwestern State University in Kursk, Russia. According to AMSAT-UK, the CubeSat's batteries were charged last week. It was launched in February 2014 on board a Progress cargo craft.   More
(Source: ARRL - Aug 20)

ORBITAL COMPLETES THIRD CARGO DELIVERY MISSION TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FOR NASA - Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world's leading space technology companies, today announced the successful completion of its third cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station in the past 10 months, including the initial demonstration flight completed in October 2013 and the first two operational missions under the company's $1.9 billion Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA. The company also noted that it is nearing the launch of its third CRS mission of 2014, which is currently scheduled to take place in mid-October.    More
(Source: Wall Street Journal - Aug 18)

COSMONAUTS DEPLOY NEW SATELLITE AT INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION COSMONAUTS DEPLOY NEW SATELLITE AT INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - Two space station crewmembers took a spacewalk Monday. Russians Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemiev ventured out to deploy a tiny Peruvian research satellite, install fresh science experiments and retrieve old ones. The nanosatellite is just four inches square and barely two pounds. It holds cameras that will aim at Earth. It's a technological learning experience for the National University of Engineering in Lima. The satellite is named Chasqui after the Inca messengers who were fleet of foot.   More
(Source: Bay News 9 - Aug 18)

HELLO KITTY IN SPACE: CUTE TOY CAT IS CIRCLING EARTH ABOARD JAPANESE SATELLITE HELLO KITTY IN SPACE: CUTE TOY CAT IS CIRCLING EARTH ABOARD JAPANESE SATELLITE - Hello Kitty, Japan's famous feline toy, is now a cat-stronaut. Not only is the popular kitty orbiting the Earth inside a small satellite, but she is ready to beam messages from space for fans. Images from Sanrio, the company responsible for the cute pop culture cat, show Hello Kitty in space clutching a toy while the Earth fills a small window in the background. The view of the planet below is real; Sanrio launched the Hello Kitty on the satellite Hodoyoshi 3 in June.   More
(Source: collectSPACE.com - Aug 17)

RAINFALL RESEARCH SATELLITE BEGINS DESCENT FROM ORBIT RAINFALL RESEARCH SATELLITE BEGINS DESCENT FROM ORBIT - A long-lived satellite launched in 1997 to measure rainfall in the tropics has run out of fuel and will probably fall back to Earth within the next three years, NASA officials said this week. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission -- a joint project between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency -- has outlived its original three-year life expectancy, and officials say the satellite will continue collecting science data until early 2016, when the craft's instruments will be switched off to prepare for re-entry.    More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Aug 16)

SPACE STATION SUPPLY SHIP EXITS, NOW PACKING TRASH SPACE STATION SUPPLY SHIP EXITS, NOW PACKING TRASH - A commercial cargo ship has ended its month-long space station visit. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station released the Cygnus supply ship, now full of trash for disposal early Friday. They parted company 260 miles (420 kilometers) above Africa's southwest coast. Orbital Sciences Corp. launched the Cygnus from Virginia in mid-July under a NASA contract. The unmanned craft hauled more than 3,000 pounds (1,400 kilograms) of crucial cargo to the orbiting outpost. Now it's loaded with rubbish, some 3,500 pounds' (1,600 kilograms') worth.   More
(Source: WAVY-TV - Aug 15)

TWO MORE GALILEO SATELLITES SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 21 LAUNCH TWO MORE GALILEO SATELLITES SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 21 LAUNCH - The next satellites in Europe's Galileo satellite navigation system will be launched on August 21, ushering in the system deployment phase and paving the way for the start of initial services, according to the European Space Agency (ESA). Galileo SATs 5-6 are scheduled to lift off at 12:31 GMT (14:31 CEST, 09:31 local time) August 21 from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana on top of a Soyuz rocket. They are expected to become operational, after initial in-orbit testing, in autumn.   More
(Source: GPS World magazine - Aug 15)

NASA'S OCO-2 SATELLITE REACHES OPERATIONAL ORBIT NASA'S OCO-2 SATELLITE REACHES OPERATIONAL ORBIT - A NASA satellite launched in early July to track carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere has reached its operational orbit of 705 kilometers, according to an Aug. 12 press release from Orbital Sciences Corp., the Dulles, Virginia-based builder of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2. OCO-2 was launched July 2 aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The observatory, a copy of one destroyed in a 2009 launch failure, was injected into a near-polar orbit some 688 kilometers up and has since been climbing into its intended position at the head of an international ad-hoc constellation of Earth-observing spacecraft known as the A-Train.   More
(Source: Space News - Aug 14)

NEW COMMERCIAL EYE IN THE SKY LAUNCHED FROM CALIFORNIA NEW COMMERCIAL EYE IN THE SKY LAUNCHED FROM CALIFORNIA - An Atlas 5 rocket carrying the most powerful Earth-imaging satellite ever built for the commercial market blasted off from California and streaked into orbit Wednesday, the latest in a series of rapid-fire flights by rocket-builder United Launch Alliance. With a rush of flame and a billowing cloud of smoke, the 189-foot-tall Atlas 5 thundered to life at 2:30 p.m. EDT (GMT-4; 11:30 a.m. local time), vaulting away from launch complex 3E at Vandenberg Air Force Base northwest of Los Angeles.    More
(Source: - Aug 13)

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