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Soyuz Booster Launches Glonass-M Navigation Satellite

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — On March 16, 2020, at 18:28 UTC a Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket equipped with a Fregat booster manufactured by NPO Lavochkin (part of Roscosmos) launched successfully from Plesetsk cosmodrome carrying a Glonass-M navigational satellite manufactured by ISS Reshetnev company. The satellite separated routinely from the booster after three Fregat booster service propulsion unit burns. Glonass-M satellites make up the base of the GLONASS system orbital group. They transmit navigational information […]

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  • March 18, 2020
China Launch Surge Left U.S., Russia Behind in 2018

Long March 2F rocket in flight carrying Shenzhou-11. (Credit: CCTV)

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

The year 2018 was the busiest one for launches in decades. There were a total of 111 completely successful launches out of 114 attempts. It was the highest total since 1990, when 124 launches were conducted.

China set a new record for launches in 2018. The nation launched 39 times with 38 successes in a year that saw a private Chinese company fail in the country’s first ever orbital launch attempt.

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  • October 7, 2019
Rokot Roars into Space on Next-to-last Flight

A Rokot booster placed a Russian military satellite into orbit on Friday on its last mission for the Russian Ministry of Defence. The booster lifted off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia and successfully placed the Geo-IK-2 No.13 military mapping satellite into orbit. “The Rokot rocket’s launch was the last one under the Defense Ministry’s program. Another one is due for Roscosmos. The rocket’s operation is over because there […]

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  • August 31, 2019
Russia Launches Communications Satellite From Plesetsk

PLESETSK, Russia (Roscosmos PR) — Today, on July 30, 2019, at 05:56 UTC the Russian Aerospace Forces crew successfully launched the Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket with the Russian communications satellite Meridian onboard. The launch and injection into orbit went as planned. In three minutes after the launch the Titov Main Test and Space Systems Control Centre automated complex acquired the Soyuz 2.1a rocket track. At the designated time, the Meridian spacecraft […]

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  • July 30, 2019
Soyuz Rocket Gets Hit by Lightning After Launch, Keeps on Soyuzing

Поздравляем командование Космических войск, боевой расчёт космодрома Плесецк, коллективы РКЦ “Прогресс” (Самара), НПО имени С.А.Лавочкина (Химки) и ИСС имени академика М.Ф.Решетнёва (Железногорск) с успешным запуском КА ГЛОНАСС! Молния вам не помеха pic.twitter.com/1cmlZ4hD1g — Дмитрий Рогозин (@Rogozin) May 27, 2019 Courtesy of Roscosmos General Director Dmitry Rogozin. The Twitter translation into English reads: Congratulations to the command of space troops, the combat calculation of the cosmodrome Plesetsk, the collectives of the […]

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  • May 27, 2019
Russia’s Angara A5 Booster has Serious Flaw

If you are among the millions of space enthusiasts who have been losing sleep over why Russia’s new Angara rocket hasn’t flown in more than four years, be prepared to snooze soundly again. Rueters reports that engineers have found a flaw in the engine of the Angara A5 booster that could cause it to explode in flight. The issue with the Angara A5 was brought to attention by scientists at […]

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  • January 22, 2019
U.S. Expresses Concerns About Russian “Inspector” Satellite, Space Lasers & ASATs

Soyuz-2.1v on launch pad (Credit: Russian Ministry of Defence)

The United States said this week that a Russian satellite launched last year is exhibiting “very abnormal behavior” in orbit, suggesting that it is a weapons system rather than a “space apparatus inspector” as claimed by the Russian Ministry of Defense.

“In October of last year the Russian Ministry of Defense deployed a space object they claimed was a ‘space apparatus inspector,'” said Yleem D.S. Poblete, assistant secretary at the U.S. Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance. “But its behavior on-orbit was inconsistent with anything seen before from on-orbit inspection or space situational awareness capabilities, including other Russian inspection satellite activities.”

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  • August 15, 2018
Mid-Year Global Launch Report: China & USA Continue to Battle for Lead

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying the NROL-47 mission lifts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base. (Credit: ULA)

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

The world’s launch providers were extremely busy in the first half of 2018, with China and the United States battling for the lead.

There with 55 orbital launches through the end of June, which amounted to a launch every 3.29 days or 79 hours. The total is more than half the 90 launches attempted in 2017. With approximately 42 missions scheduled for the last six months of the year, the total could reach 97. (more…)

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  • July 9, 2018
Update Global Launch Schedule for April

The schedule is subject to change. Please check with our friends at Spaceflight Now for updates. April 11 Launch Vehicle: PSLV Payload: IRNSS 1I navigation satellite Launch Time: TBA Launch Site: Satish Dhawan Space Center, India April 14/15 Launch Vehicle: Atlas V Payload: AFSPC 11 mission Launch Window: 6:00-10:00 p.m. EDT on 12th (2200-0200 GMT on 12th/13th) Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida The U.S. Air Force’s EAGLE […]

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  • April 10, 2018
First Quarter 2018 Launch Report: China & USA Battle for Lead

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy begins its first flight. (Credit: NASA)

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

The world’s launch providers have been extremely busy in the first quarter of 2018, with 31 orbital launches thus far. This is more than one third of the 90 launches conducted last year.

China leads the pack with 10 successful launches. The United States is close behind with a total of nine launches with one failure. The tenth American launch is scheduled for Monday afternoon from Florida.

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  • April 1, 2018