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RUSSIAN PROGRESS M-23M HEADS FOR SPLASHDOWN IN PACIFIC OCEAN RUSSIAN PROGRESS M-23M HEADS FOR SPLASHDOWN IN PACIFIC OCEAN - Russia's Progress M-23M resupply spacecraft that was undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) on July heads to the "spacecraft cemetery" in the Pacific Ocean, a representative of the Federal Space Agency Roscosmos told RIA Novosti Friday. "The spacecraft's engines are ignited for the braking. The splashdown of cargo spaceship's unburned debris is scheduled for 02:43 a.m. MSK in a non-navigable area of the Pacific Ocean," the source said.   More
(Source: RIA Novosti - Aug 2)


OLD SOVIET COSMOS SATELLITE TO GO OFF ORBIT ON AUGUST 2 OLD SOVIET COSMOS SATELLITE TO GO OFF ORBIT ON AUGUST 2 - Cosmos-903, an old Soviet satellite, is to go off orbit and be burnt in the upper atmosphere on August 2, a spokesman for Russia's aerospace defence forces told Itar-Tass on Friday. "Specialists of the aerospace defence forces are constantly monitoring changes in parameters of orbiting fragments of the spacecraft Cosmos-903. As of August 1, it was on orbit with the following parameters: orbit time - 155 minutes, inclination - 62 degrees, apogee altitude - 6,322 kilometres, perigee altitude - 92 kilometres," said Colonel Alexei Zolotukhin.    More
(Source: ITAR-TASS - Aug 2)


ATLAS 5 ROCKET DEPLOYS NEW GPS NAVIGATION SATELLITE ATLAS 5 ROCKET DEPLOYS NEW GPS NAVIGATION SATELLITE - A rocket launch to serve the world blasted off Friday night from Florida carrying a new Global Positioning System satellite to transmit omnipresent navigation and timing information to users across the planet. "Everyone in the room I am going to guess has been touched by GPS today in one way or another," said Air Force Space Command leader William Shelton. "Your smartphone, financial transaction, high-speed network you may have used that uses GPS timing. It literally serves the world."    More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Aug 2)


ATLAS 5 ROCKET TO FLY FRIDAY NIGHT WITH GPS SATELLITE ATLAS 5 ROCKET TO FLY FRIDAY NIGHT WITH GPS SATELLITE - Continuing a surge of GPS replacement launches, the third such mission since February is due for blastoff FridAn Atlas 5 rocket will carry the GPS 2F-7 bird directly into the navigation network following launch. The evening window runs from 11:23 to 11:41 p.m. EDT. "Everyone in the room I am going to guess has been touched by GPS today in one way or another," said Air Force Space Command leader William Shelton. "Your smartphone, financial transaction, high-speed network you may have used that uses GPS timing. It literally serves the world." ay night from Florida's eastern coast.    More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jul 31)


SATELLITE IMAGERY SUGGESTS FUTURE LARGE N. KOREAN ROCKET LAUNCH - The U.S.-Korea Institute has released satellite photographs indicating North Korea may be nearing completion of construction and testing leading to long-range missile and satellite launches. The images were made public Tuesday as the top U.S. Navy Pacific commander cautioned the global community against indifference to the pace of the North's advances in nuclear and missile technology. The U.S.-Korea Institute's 38 North website released satellite imagery Tuesday suggesting that activity at its Sohae Satellite Launching Station means it is preparing for long-range ballistic missile and satellite launches.    More
(Source: Voice of America - Jul 31)


ARIANE 5 LAUNCHES ATV-5 EN ROUTE TO THE ISS ARIANE 5 LAUNCHES ATV-5 EN ROUTE TO THE ISS - Europe's ATV-5 cargo ship has set sail on a 14 day journey to the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday. The final ATV mission began when the vehicle's Ariane 5 ES carrier rocket launched the "Georges Lemaître" from the Guiana Space Centre, in Kourou, French Guiana at 23:47 UTC. Arianespace's latest ATV mission in support of International Space Station operations was designated as Flight VA219 in the company's numbering system, and utilized an Ariane 5 ES version of the heavy-lift workhorse.   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Jul 29)


RUSSIA REGAINS CONTROL OF LIZARD SEX SATELLITE RUSSIA REGAINS CONTROL OF LIZARD SEX SATELLITE - The Russian space agency has managed to re-establish communication with the Photon-M4 satellite, having lost contact for three days. The spacecraft was carrying a number of research experiments looking at the effects of microgravity on plants, insects and gecko mating activities. Mission control lost the ability to control the satellite after it had made the first few orbits around Earth, although the team was still receiving telemetry data back from the satellite.   More
(Source: Wired.co.uk - Jul 29)


ESA GEORGE LEMAITRE SPACECRAFT SET TO LAUNCH JULY 29 ON ISS TRIP ESA GEORGE LEMAITRE SPACECRAFT SET TO LAUNCH JULY 29 ON ISS TRIP - The European Space Agency (ESA) will launch its fifth and final ATV cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS). The launch is scheduled to occur at 7:44 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on Tuesday, July 29; 8:44 p.m. local time in Kourou, French Guiana; 23:44 UTC; 1:44 a.m. in Paris, France; and 3:44 a.m. in Moscow, Russia (on July 30). The ATV-5 spacecraft will be launched by an Ariane 5 ES rocket, sending over 7 tons of supplies and cargo to the Expedition crew onboard the International Space Station. The Ariannespace mission is called Flight VA219.   More
(Source: ITWire.com - Jul 28)


US SAYS CHINA TESTED ANTI-SATELLITE MISSILE - The U.S. says China has tested a missile designed to destroy satellites and is urging Beijing to refrain from destabilizing actions. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the "non-destructive" test occurred Wednesday. She said a previous destructive test of the system in 2007 created thousands of pieces of dangerous debris in space. Harf said Friday that the continued development and testing of destructive anti-satellite systems threaten the long-term security and sustainability of the outer-space environment that all nations depend upon.   More
(Source: Newsday - Jul 26)


GEOSYNCHRONOUS ORBIT SURVEILLANCE SET TO LAUNCH GEOSYNCHRONOUS ORBIT SURVEILLANCE SET TO LAUNCH - Twin inspector spacecraft and a microsatellite testbed will share a Delta 4 rocket ride into space Wednesday evening from Cape Canaveral. The 205-foot-tall United Launch Alliance booster rocket is scheduled for liftoff at 7:03 p.m. EDT (2303 GMT) from Complex 37. The countdown begins with final preparations to retract the 33-story mobile service gantry away from the Delta 4 rocket. Once the tower is pulled back around 11 a.m. EDT, pad configuration steps will be completed before the site is cleared of all workers.    More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jul 25)

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