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Launch of the Soyuz-2.1a from Vostochny 2016-04-28. A speech by Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation. There is also Yuri Gagarin's face and slogan "Raise your head!" to commemorate the 55th anniversary of Gagarin's flight visible on the photo.

Russia’s First Steps into the Commercial Satellite Industry – From our Archive

Russian President Vladimir Putin has long been a vocal advocate for the construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome, a new spaceport in the Russian Far East that he hoped would reduce the country’s dependency on the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Unfortunately, the first two launches from Vostochny have been abject failures, including this week’s failed mission […]

By | November 30, 2017

A Soyuz 2 rocket lifts off from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in far east Russia on Nov. 28. Photo: Roscosmos.

Telesat Loses First LEO Satellite in Failed Soyuz Mission

Telesat announced that the Soyuz 2 launch vehicle that was to place 19 spacecraft into orbit, including the company’s first Phase 1 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite, failed its mission on Nov. 28. The primary payload on the rocket, which lifted off from Russia’s new launch complex in Vostochny at 8:41 A.M. Moscow time, was a […]

By | November 29, 2017

ULA's Delta 2 rocket lifts off for the JPSS 1 mission. Photo: ULA.

NASA, ULA Launch JPSS 1 Weather Satellite for NOAA

NASA has successfully launched for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) the first in a series of four polar-orbiting satellites, equipped with next-generation technology and designed to improve the accuracy of U.S. weather forecasts out to seven days. The Joint Polar Satellite System 1 (JPSS 1) lifted off on a United Launch Alliance Delta […]

By | November 20, 2017

Vector Space Systems Vector-R

Vector Considers Vandenberg to Establish Launch Operations

Nanosatellite launch company Vector announced it will explore an arrangement with Harris Corporation to establish commercial launch operations of the Vector-R launch vehicle at Harris Spaceport Systems on Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The initial steps of the pathfinding operations at Space Launch Complex 8 feature a demonstration of a full-scale engineering development version […]

By | November 17, 2017

SatComRus 2017 RSCC

SatComRus 2017: Celebrating the Past with a Look to the Future

At SatComRus 2017 in Moscow, the underlying theme was how Russian space companies could build for a more prosperous future. However, SpaceX was mentioned a number of times as both an inspiration, and an example of a space company setting a new agenda…

By | November 16, 2017

Artist rendition of Ariane 64 ESA

Ariane 6 Rocket to Get Comms Transmitter from Thales Alenia Space

Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with ArianeGroup — prime contractor and design authority of the upcoming Ariane 6 rocket — to design, develop, qualify and manufacture the telemetry transmitter of the new European launch vehicle. The telemetry transmitter is responsible for transmitting to the ground the data generated by the launcher throughout the […]

By | November 16, 2017

Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft. Photo: Orbital ATK.

Orbital ATK Completes Eighth Cargo Mission to the ISS

Orbital ATK successfully launched an Antares rocket carrying a Cygnus spacecraft on Nov. 12 from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia.

By | November 13, 2017

The second launch of China's heavy-lift carrier rocket, the Long March-5, on July 2 was unsuccessful. Photo: CGTV.

Competition Heats Up in China’s Private Satellite Sector

Since 2014, China has allowed private companies to build and launch their own satellites. Compared to the United States though, the trickle of venture capitalist funds has been slow to flow — but that could soon change as the Chinese government works to coordinate technological capabilities across civil and military space. Read more at the […]

By | November 13, 2017

Understanding the Language of Intermodulation Specifications in HPA Data Sheets

High power amplifiers (HPAs) are a critical component in the uplink earth station RF chain and are generally the most expensive components, after antennas, in that chain. For this reason, integrators or users in the market for HPAs must take great care to ensure that like-for-like comparisons are made when evaluating HPAs. Typically, linear output power

By CPI | Nov 08, 2017

ISRO's PSLV launches the IRNSS-1F mission in March 2016. Photo: ISRO.

ISRO Plans to Double Its Launch Frequency

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) plans to reach a launch cadence of 18 liftoffs per year by 2018 or 2019, according to officials. To accelerate launch operations, the agency intends to outsource to more companies in the Indian space industry, including the possibility of building a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) with industry partners. […]

By | November 6, 2017

Orbital ATK prepares Minotaur C on the pad the night before launch. Photo: Orbital ATK.

Orbital ATK Revives Minotaur C for Planet Launch

#ICYMI yesterday we successfully launched 10 @planetlabs satellites aboard our #MinotaurC rocket from @30thSpaceWing! — Orbital ATK (@OrbitalATK) November 1, 2017 Orbital ATK announced that its Minotaur C rocket — formerly known as Taurus — successfully launched 10 commercial spacecraft for Planet in the afternoon hours of Halloween, Oct. 31. The rocket lifted off […]

By | November 1, 2017

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