H-IIA with Michibiki-3 satellite delayed for 24 hours

JAXA, Japan’s Space Agency, announced that upcoming launch of H-IIA rocket with navigation satellite Michibiki-3 under the payload fairing is delayed due the poor weather conditions at Yoshinobu Launch Complex at Tanegashima Space Center. Launch of the H-IIA rocket with Michibiki-3 was planned originally for Friday, August 11th, to 05:00 UTC. Unfortunately poor weather conditions. Rocket is […]

Expedition 48-49 postponed to 7th July 2016

Unexpected issues with Soyuz-MS caused postponing launch of Soyuz-MS which should delivered members of Expedition 48-49 to ISS on 24th June 2016.  It seems that Astronauts Kathleen Rubins (NASA-first spaceflight), Takuya Onishi (JAXA-first spaceflight) and cosmonaut Anatoli Ivanishin (Roscosmos-second spaceflight) will start their space mission on International Space Station two weeks later. It was not unveiled if launch delay […]

Surprise from China – 22nd Beidou satellite on orbit !

China launched on Tuesday, 29 March 2016, their next navigation satellite to support development of Beidou navigation system. CNSA is not slowing down and still gives impressive pace in competition on navigation system market. Yesterday on 29 March 2016 punctually at 20:11 GMT, CNSA launched on atop of Long March 3A rocket their next Beidou […]

Atlas V 401, IIF-12, RD-180 – successful combination for sure !

Next satellite joined today to GPS constellation after successful flight of Atlas V rocket launched from Complex 41 in Cape Canaveral. It is last from Block IIF generation GPS navigation satellites designed and manufactured by Boeing. On 31 October 2015 penultimate satellite was launched on atop of Atlas V in same configuration and now we […]

ULA problem with RD-180 engines still not solved

U.S. Air Force announced that three American companies were awarded with contracts for further developing engines able to replace banned Russian RD-180 used in Atlas V rocket. It seems that ULA could back into game for launch service for GPS III missions. Good news for three lucky companies and for United Launch Alliance? Not necessary. USAF […]

Silent enter into GPS market – Tests of Beidou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) completed

After sending in this year three satellites under BDS navigation system China just has announced about positive results of operational tests. China space industry is well known of its dynamic and pace of development. Impressive achievements made in a very short period of time and wide range of activities from commercial launch systems through manned space missions […]

Checkmate for antisatellite weapon

Many different projects of spaceplanes are under the development. From commercial projects focused on space tourism like SpaceShipOne or large projects supported by government like British Skylon. Different approaches have one thing in common: make flights into space more accessible.  Word “accessible” has different meanings. From the point of view of Company specialized in space tourism it means […]

Return of the pioneering solution – Pegasus mission scheduled on 2016

Orbital ATK has scheduled mission utilizing their first launch system, Pegasus. It will lift to LEO orbit satellite under Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) program. Launch is planned for October 2016. After three years of pause in Pegasus mission, Orbital ATK will utilize their air-launched rocket in commercial mission. It will be, contracted with NASA, […]

Standing between giants – Next Galileo satellites launch planned from Guiana on 17th December 2015

Next two satellites from Galileo program are going to be launched with Arianespace rocket from Guiana Space Centre launch site LCS. Galileo navigation was created by ESA to provide highly acccurate system under civilian management with extended capabilities in emergency applications. Also being independent from Russian Glonass and American GPS have been developed to provide European Union navigation […]