Final day is coming – Rosetta controlled descent planned on 30 September 2016

One of the most recognizable space probes sent by European Space Agency in recent years will finish its mission on 30 September 2016 in controlled descent on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. ESA announced on June 30, that Rosetta space probe will finish its lasting for last twelve years mission on 30th September 2016. Probe is now on […]

Japanese bad luck – DSN-1 satellite arrived broken to French Guiana !

It seems that Japanese space program is out of luck in 2016. After Hitomi failure on March we have another accident with Japanese spacecraft.  According to Spacenews.com, Japanese communication satellite DSN-1, with launch on atop of Ariane 5 scheduled for 26th July 2016 was delivered to Kourou, French Guiana by plane in the middle of […]

Ariane 5 with Echostar-18 and BRIsat launched-fifth success of Arianespace in 2016 !

After 24 hours of delay caused by the strong wind, Arianespace managed to launch their Ariane 5 rocket with two communication satellites on atop. Mission marked as VA230 (it is 230th launch by Arianespace and 86th launch of launch vehicle from Ariane 5 family) started from ELA-3 launch site in Guiana Space Center. Today Weather […]

Ariane 5 flight postponed from 8th June 2016 07:30 GMT with TBD status

Launch planned by Arianespace for 8th June 2016 was postponed and its present status is “to be decided”. Payload, two satellites: EchoStar-18 and BRIsat remain secured.  VA230 flight, fifth launch by Arianespace and third mission of Ariane 5 launch vehicle in 2016 was officially postponed today in the morning. New launch date was not unveiled, but Arianespace assured […]

FM10 & FM11 on the orbit !

276th mission by Arianespace finished with success – both FM10 & FM11 Galileo satellites reached their planned orbit. European Space Agency put this mission in the addition to Galileo launch schedule for 2016 thanks to decision of European Commission. Both satellites were contracted for OHB System as main contractor and for SSTL as payload contractor. ESA signed agreement with […]

Soyuz-2.1B with 13th and 14th Galileo satellites within hours !

Second mission of Soyuz-2.1B in 2016 from Guiana Space Center was scheduled for 08:48 GMT; it seems that nothing (of course apart from the weather – heavy rain is predicted for tomorrow in Kourou) will interrupt lifting two satellites under program of Galileo navigation system: Galileo Full Operational Capability FM10 and FM11. Two satellites designed and manufactured by  OHB […]

Sentinel-1B finally on orbit !

Fourth time was lucky for Arianespace and ESA. Sentinel-1B after breathtaking launch reached designated orbit and confirmed its perfect condition. Arianespace gave all of us beautiful spectacle with spectacular VS14 flight, first launch of the Soyuz-2.1a from Guiana Space Center in 2016. After two attempts were halted due the poor weather condition and third was […]

Scrubbed launch of Soyuz-2.1A with Sentinel-1B

Arianespace decided to stop preparing for flight again. There was no next launch date announced but Company is targeting for 25th April 2016. UPDATE: 25 April 2016 – Launch was set for 25th April 2016, 21:02 GMT, IMU was changed and testing went correctly. UPDATE: 25 April 2016 – Russian specialists discovered that reason of the problem was […]

First launch of Soyuz-2.1A from French Guiana with Sentinel-1B set for today !

Due the poor weather conditions launch was postponed for today and is set to launch window starting at 21:02 GMT today. UPDATE: launched was postponed to Sunday, 24th April 2016 due the bad weather in French Guiana Space Center. Arianespace is targeting for today to reach LEO orbit during VS14 flight with their Soyuz-2.1A equipped with Fregat upper stage. This time […]