Eutelsat 117W B & ABS-2A delivered to orbit on atop of Falcon-9

Next successes of Falcon-9 1.2V – deploying two broadcasting satellites, but first stage failed to land on droneship. 2016 seems to be lucky for Elon Musk’s team, but reusable technology is still experiment. Mission planned for today was commercial launch performed from Space Launch Complex 40 in Cape Canaveral. Contracted payload was two broadcasting geostationary […]

Electric hope – role of electric propulsion in present and modern space programs

Everyone remember sound and light coming out from engines of TIE fighters from Star Wars. But now it is possible to see it in reality. Probably most of ordinary people consider ion propulsion as George Lucas fantasy. Nothing more wrong. Conception of ion thruster was first announced to public in 1911 by Russian scientist of […]

Two Boeing’s broadcasting satellites on atop of Falcon-9 scheduled on 2016

Direct-to-home television seems good market for launch providers. AB Satellite and Eutelsat satellites launch is planned already for 2016. SpaceX will utilize Falcon-9 1.1V or 1.2V, planned launch site is SLC-40 in Cape Canaveral. Boeing is still strong on commercial market. ABS-2A is second (from four contracted) built satellite for Asia Broadcast Satellite with fully electrical propulsion. […]

Another pawn on Direct-to-Home chessboard – SES-9 satellite launch scheduled on 20th November 2015

SpaceX after loss of Falcon 9 with CRS-7 DRAGON spacecraft is going to launch upgraded Falcon 9 1.2V with SES-9 satellite under contract with SES. With constellation of 53 satellites SES Company is not going to rest on laurels. On 20th November 2015 from launch site SLC-41 in Cape Canaveral ASF is planned launch of next Direct-to-Home satellite […]