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Arianespace Soyuz ST-B launches with Galileo duo

 

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Galileo Launch:   Arianespace

 

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An Arianespace Soyuz ST-B is has launched with another pair of Galileo satellites from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on Thursday. The launch of the FM08 and FM09 satellites – FOC M4, SAT 11-14 – was on schedule at 11:51 UTC, ahead of nearly four hours of flight en route to the IOC (initial operation capability) of Galileo.

indepth analysis at the link...

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/12/arianespace-soyuz-st-b-dual-galileo-launch/

 

Live updates and itinerary

http://spaceflightnow.com/2015/12/17/vs-13-mission-status-center/

 

Mission timeline, with many images...

http://spaceflightnow.com/2015/12/17/soyuzgalileo-launch-timeline-2/

 

Arianespace Soyuz ST-B launches with Galileo duo 17.12.15

video is 15:00 min.  Launch at 4:30 mark.

 

 

It will be a few hours till final burn. Will update with payload health when data available.

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Soyuz launches two more Galileo satellites

 

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The Soyuz rocket carrying the 11th and 12th satellites for Europe’s Galileo navigation program lifted off at 1151:56 GMT (6:51:56 a.m.; 8:51:56 a.m. local time) from French Guiana. ESA/CNES/Arianespace – Photo Optique Video du CSG – S. Martin

 

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Two more satellites joined Europe’s Galileo navigation fleet in orbit Thursday after launch from French Guiana aboard a Soyuz rocket, giving the system a dozen of its planned 30 members as the European Commission begins ordering eight more satellites to complete construction of the multibillion-dollar network.

 

The two satellites, the 11th and 12th spacecraft in the Galileo constellation, blasted off at 1151:56 GMT (6:51:56 a.m. EST) from the Guiana Space Center in South America.

 

The Soyuz rocket steered on a track northeast from the jungle spaceport, leaving four strap-on boosters twisting in its wake two minutes after liftoff, then shedding a nose cone to reveal the twin Galileo spacecraft a few minutes later.

 

A Fregat upper stage took over about 10 minutes into the mission, conducting two engine firings separated by a three-hour coast as it arced to the Galileo satellites’ target altitude about 23,500 kilometers (14,600 miles) above Earth.

 

The second burn circularized the orbit, then the Fregat released dual navigation payloads at 1539 GMT (10:39 a.m. EST).

 

Officials declared the launch a success after confirming the health of the satellites and verifying the rocket put the payloads in the correct orbit.

http://spaceflightnow.com/2015/12/17/soyuz-launches-two-more-galileo-satellites/

 

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China sends dark matter probe into orbit

 

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China launched the first in a series of planned space science probes Thursday, putting a satellite into orbit to study high-energy cosmic rays for signals hinting at hypothesized clumps of dark matter that have eluded detection for decades.

 

The Dark Matter Particle Explorer, or DAMPE, mission is the first dedicated astrophysics observatory put into orbit by China.

 

Fitted with detectors sensitive to gamma rays, electrons and high-energy cosmic rays, the DAMPE satellite will scoop up particles speeding through the cosmos and measure their energy, direction and electric charge, according to mission scientists.

 

Researchers hope the measurements hold clues in the search for dark matter, perhaps even the signature of a process called annihilation, a phenomenon physicists believe is caused when two subatomic particles collide and give off a burst of radiation.

 

Cosmic rays that could be emitted from annihilation events streak across the universe at nearly the speed of light, and instruments like the sensors on DAMPE could find subtle signals hidden within the high-energy particles traceable back to a dark matter origin.

 

The 1.9-metric ton (4,200-pound) DAMPE satellite rode a Chinese Long March 2D booster into orbit from the Jiuquan space center in northwest China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

 

The rocket blasted off at 0012 GMT Thursday (7:12 p.m. EST Wednesday), or around dawn at the launch site.

 

It entered an orbit about 500 kilometers, or 310 miles, above Earth, flying over the poles on each trip around the planet.

http://spaceflightnow.com/2015/12/17/china-sends-dark-matter-probe-into-orbit/

 

China Launches Country's First Dark Matter Satellite

video is 2:52 min.....

 

 

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Fiery Re-Entry of Soyuz Booster puts on Spectacular Show over Newfoundland

 

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The spent rocket stage that delivered a crew of three to orbit earlier in the week put on a spectacular show for observers in North America on Thursday when slamming into Earth’s atmosphere and breaking apart in a bright fireball moving silently across the night sky. Reports from observers were posted on the Internet including photos and videos of the fiery demise of the Block I upper stage over Newfoundland, in accordance with re-entry data based on observations from space-based sensors.

 

Videos posted on the Internet show the typical appearance of a rocket body re-entering the atmosphere, leaving a visible trail of smoke and separating smaller debris as the parent object breaks apart. Observations of re-entering Soyuz stages have not been uncommon in recent years, and the Block I upper stage is in fact the most observed re-entry object, also owed to its frequent launch rate.

http://spaceflight101.com/fiery-re-entry-of-soyuz-booster-puts-on-spectacular-show-over-newfoundland/

 

Meteorite - Spacejunk Explosion!

video is 1:09 min.

 

 

Either that or Santa had a rough preflight test.....

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I thought  that this article would be more appropriate in this thread, as RTG's power a lot of probes which are in scenarios of reduced sunlight for charging power systems reliably.....

 

ORNL achieves milestone with plutonium-238 sample

 

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By producing 50 grams of plutonium-238, Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have demonstrated the nation’s ability to provide a valuable energy source for deep space missions. (hi-res image)

 

 

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OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Dec. 22, 2015 – With the production of 50 grams of plutonium-238, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have restored a U.S. capability dormant for nearly 30 years and set the course to provide power for NASA and other missions.

 

Plutonium-238 produces heat as it decays and can be used in systems that power spacecraft instruments. The new sample, which is in the same oxide powder form used to manufacture heat sources for power systems, represents the first end-to-end demonstration of a plutonium-238 production capability in the United States since the Savannah River Plant in South Carolina ceased production of the material in the late 1980s.

 

Researchers will analyze the sample for chemical purity and plutonium-238 content, then verify production efficiency models and determine whether adjustments need to be made before scaling up the process.

 

“Once we automate and scale up the process, the nation will have a long-range capability to produce radioisotope power systems such as those used by NASA for deep space exploration,” said Bob Wham, who leads the project for the lab’s Nuclear Security and Isotope Technology Division.

 

The success of Wham and a team of engineers and technicians at ORNL comes two years after NASA began funding the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy through a roughly $15 million per year effort to revive the department’s capability to make plutonium-238.

 

Production begins at Idaho National Laboratory, which stores the existing inventory of neptunium-237 feedstock and ships it as needed to ORNL. Engineers mix the neptunium oxide with aluminum and press the mixture into high-density pellets. They use the High Flux Isotope Reactor, a DOE Office of Science User Facility at ORNL, to irradiate the pellets, creating neptunium-238, which quickly decays and becomes plutonium-238.

 

The irradiated pellets are then dissolved and ORNL staff use a chemical process to separate the plutonium from remaining neptunium. The plutonium product is converted to an oxide and shipped to Los Alamos National Laboratory, where the material will be stored until needed for a mission. Remaining neptunium is recycled into new targets to produce more plutonium-238.

 

There are currently only 35 kilograms, or about 77 pounds, of plutonium-238 set aside for NASA missions, and only about half of this supply meets power specifications. This is only sufficient to power two to three proposed NASA missions through the middle of the 2020s. Fortunately, the additional material that will be produced at ORNL can be blended with the existing portion that doesn’t meet specifications to extend the usable inventory.

 

With continued NASA funding, DOE’s Oak Ridge and Idaho national laboratories can ensure that NASA’s needs are met, initially by producing 300 to 400 grams of the material per year and then, through automation and scale-up processes, by producing an average of 1.5 kilograms per year.

 

“With this initial production of plutonium-238 oxide, we have demonstrated that our process works and we are ready to move on to the next phase of the mission,” Wham said.

 

The next NASA mission planning to use a radioisotope thermoelectric generator is the Mars 2020 rover, due to be launched in July 2020. The mission seeks signs of life on Mars and will test technology for human exploration and gather samples of rocks and soil that could be returned to Earth.

 

UT-Battelle manages ORNL for the DOE's Office of Science. The Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit http://science.energy.gov/.

https://www.ornl.gov/news/ornl-achieves-milestone-plutonium-238-sample

 

ORNL scores success with plutonium-238 production for deep space missions

video is 0:56 min.

 

 

This is a really big deal, as sources are almost non existent and only a small reserve is left.

 

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About damned time!!

 

They could use 241Americium, but its only 25% as power dense as 238Plutonium. Twice the half life though. 

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Dec. 23Proton • Express AMU1
Launch time: 2130:50 GMT (4:30:50 p.m. EST)
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will deploy the Express AMU1 communications satellite for the Russian Satellite Communications Co. Express AMU1 will provide broadcast communications services to Russia for RSCC and communications coverage over sub-Saharan Africa for Eutelsat, which calls its part of the spacecraft payload Eutelsat 36C. Delayed from Dec. 19. [Dec. 6]

http://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/

 

Note: This time may have been changed, I have 00:30 on the 24th, EST, around 11 1/2 hours from this post...as per...

http://eng.rscc.ru/

 

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Express AMU1 is a state-of-the-art high-capacity telecommunications satellite with up to 70 transponders. The satellite will increase the in-orbit capacity operated by RSCC, providing coverage for broadcast services in the European part of the Russian Federation in Ku and Ka bands. The multibeam Ka-band antennas feature a highly innovative feed array antenna technology developed by Airbus Defence and Space.

https://airbusdefenceandspace.com/newsroom/news-and-features/express-amu1-satellite-has-left-airbus-defence-and-space/

 

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Proton    ROSCOSMOS

 

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A Russian government Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will take to an orbit the Express AMU1 communications satellite for the Russian Satellite Communications Co. Express AMU1 will provide broadcast communications services to Russia for RSCC and communications coverage over sub-Saharan Africa for Eutelsat.

http://spaceflights.news/?launch=proton%E2%80%A2-express-amu1

 

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Rare weather delay

 

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A Proton rocket with Ekspress-AMU1 satellite on the launch pad in Baikonur.

 

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A Proton-M rocket with a Briz-M upper stage was scheduled to lift off on Dec. 24, 2015, at 00:30:50 Moscow Time (4:30 p.m. EST on December 23) from Pad 39 at Site 200 in Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, however it had to be postponed for 24 hours due to high winds in the upper atmosphere, the Russian space agency announced. A live TV broadcast from the fog-drenched launch site was interrupted around 40 minutes before the scheduled liftoff. The new launch attempt was rescheduled for Dec. 25, 2015, at 00:31:19 Moscow Time.

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http://www.russianspaceweb.com/ekspress-amu1.html

 

Live coverage...

http://www.tv-tsenki.com/

 

Proton Rocket suffers rare Weather Delay

 

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A Russian Proton-M rocket suffered a rare launch scrub Wednesday night as unfavorable winds aloft forced a 24-hour delay of the planned launch of the Ekspress AMU-1 communications satellite. Liftoff is being rescheduled for Thursday in the hopes of calmer winds in the skies over the Baikonur Cosmodrome to check off Russia’s last space launch of the year.

Launch scrubs – a delay called after the rocket is fueled – are relatively rare for Russian rockets that in most cases lift off on their first launch attempt, built to deal with a broad range of weather conditions. However, even the rugged Russian launchers are susceptible to upper level winds that, when too strong, can put loads on an ascending rocket beyond its structural limits. Therefore, winds aloft are monitored as part of the launch countdown using a series of weather balloons released over the course of several hours.

http://spaceflight101.com/proton-rocket-suffers-rare-weather-delay/

 

Tomorrow at 4:30 pm EST

and no,  this one will not come back to land... but will probably provide a re-entry show to someone. :)

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Proton just launched, 4:31 pm EST, Xmas morning in Baikonur, great view in the dark under the flood lights. This one was powerful, loud and very fast.

 

Watch live: Proton rocket to launch Russian-European comsat

 

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A Proton rocket is counting down to liftoff from Kazakhstan on Thursday with a large European-built telecommunications satellite to broadcast television, radio and other services across Russia and sub-Saharan Africa.

 

The 191-foot-tall (58-meter) Proton booster is set for launch at 2131:19 GMT (4:31:19 p.m. EST) Thursday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, a sprawling spaceport in Kazakhstan leased by the Russian government.

 

The launch was delayed from Wednesday due to adverse weather, according to Roscosmos, the Russian space agency.

 

It will take more than nine hours to deliver the Express AMU1 communications satellite into a high-altitude geostationary transfer orbit. The Proton rocket’s Breeze M upper stage will ignite five times to push the spacecraft, which weighs about 13,000 pounds (5.9 metric tons), into an egg-shaped orbit with a high point about 22,300 miles (approximately 36,000 kilometers) above Earth and a low point nearly 2,734 miles (4,400 kilometers) in altitude.

http://spaceflightnow.com/2015/12/24/proton-rocket-to-launch-russian-european-comsat/

 

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Moments after a vertical liftoff from Baikonur, the first, second and third stages of the Proton-M rocket are programmed to propel the payload section, including the Briz-M stage and the satellite along an eastbound ascent trajectory from Baikonur, matching an orbital inclination of 51.5 degrees toward the Equator. The first stage will crash at drop zone No. 25/15 in Karaganda Region of Kazakhstan, the second stage will follow into drop zone No. 327 in the Altai Region of Russia and third stage will splash down in the Pacific Ocean.

 

The payload section should separate from the third stage on a suborbital trajectory, after which, Briz-M will fire its engine for the first time to reach a 182-kilometer parking orbit with an inclination 51.55 degrees toward the Equator. The second Briz-M's maneuver should push the stack to an intermediate orbit, followed by the third and fourth firings to reach transfer orbits. As usual, the empty external tank of the Briz-M is scheduled to separate between the third and fourth maneuvers.

 

Once the payload section reaches the apogee of the second transfer orbit, the Briz-M is programmed to conduct the fifth and final engine firing to enter a geostationary transfer orbit. The stage should then place the spacecraft in the correct attitude before separation nine hours 12 minutes into the mission, at 09:42 Moscow Time (1:42 a.m. EST) on December 24.

 

Following the satellite release and an orbit-measurement session, Briz-M will make two additional maneuvers to increase its distance from the satellite and to enable safe opening of its onboard valves to empty pressurized compartments. The procedure is designed to prevent a possible explosion and the resulting proliferation of space junk.

http://www.russianspaceweb.com/ekspress-amu1.html

 

I will post a video and health report when available.....what a great view and audio....:D

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Launch of Express AMU1 on Russian Proton-M Rocket

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A Proton-M rocket climbed into the night skies over the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Thursday, starting a long overnight mission to deliver the Ekspress AMU-1 communications satellite to orbit and close out a busy year of launches from Russian Cosmodromes. Proton-M blasted off at 21:31 UTC and fired its three stages to deliver the Briz-M upper stage to a sub-orbital trajectory less than ten minutes after launch. Briz-M is expected to follow a five-burn mission profile to gradually raise its orbit and put the Ekspress AMU-1 satellite into a Geostationary Transfer Orbit nine hours and 12 minutes after launch.

http://spaceflight101.com/proton-lifts-off-with-ekspress-amu-1/

 

spacecraft separation should be at 1:43 am EST, 25th

final tug deorbit burn should be at 5:03 am EST, 25th

will post health report when available.

 

Merry Xmas to Baikonur crew for a great launch.....:)

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PROTON SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES THE EXPRESS AMU-1 SATELLITE

 

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Today, on 25 December 2015, a Proton-M  launch vehicle carrying a Russian communications satellite Express-AMU1 lifted off from Baikonur at 00:31 Moscow Time. This was the eighth and final space launch in 2015 using the heavy-lift Russian-made Proton.


The launch and flight of the launch vehicle proceeded nominally. At the design time, the orbital block comprising the Express-AMU1 SC and Breeze-M upper stage separated from the  Proton’s Stage III and continued the mission in the autonomous mode. Subsequently, the spacecraft was injected in its target orbit using the Breeze-M Upper Stage main engine.


Separation of the spacecraft from the upper stage occurred at 25 December at 9 hours and 12 minutes after the liftoff.


The Express-AMU1 satellite was manufactured for RSCC, Russia’s leading operator of space communications satellites. The contract to build the satellite was signed with EADS Astrium, currently integrated with Airbus Defence and Space which is the defence/space arm of the Аirbus Group. The Express-AMU1 SC liftoff mass was approximately 5900 kg. For details, visit http://www.rscc.ru/press/kolichestvo-podpischikov-uslugi-sputnikovogo-nepos/


The Proton rocket and the Breeze-M upper stage booster are produced by the Khrunichev Space Center.

http://www.ilslaunch.com/newsroom/news-releases/proton-successfully-launches-express-amu-1-satellite

 

Orbital data

http://spaceflight101.com/orbital-data-for-proton-mbriz-m-launch-of-ekspress-amu-1/

and

http://www.russianspaceweb.com/ekspress-amu1.html

 

 

Re entry outlook

http://www.aerospace.org/cords/reentry-predictions/upcoming-reentries-2-2/

 

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additional data on the plutonium-238 production....

 

ORNL achieves milestone with plutonium-238 sample

 

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The next NASA mission planning to use a radioisotope thermoelectric generator is the Mars 2020 rover, due to be launched in July 2020. The mission seeks signs of life on Mars and will test technology for human exploration and gather samples of rocks and soil that could be returned to Earth.

 

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With the production of 50 grams of plutonium-238, researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have restored a U.S. capability dormant for nearly 30 years and set the course to provide power for NASA and other missions.

 

Plutonium-238 produces heat as it decays and can be used in systems that power spacecraft instruments. The new sample, which is in the same oxide powder form used to manufacture heat sources for power systems, represents the first end-to-end demonstration of a plutonium-238 production capability in the United States since the Savannah River Plant in South Carolina ceased production of the material in the late 1980s.

Researchers will analyze the sample for chemical purity and plutonium-238 content, then verify production efficiency models and determine whether adjustments need to be made before scaling up the process.

 

"Once we automate and scale up the process, the nation will have a long-range capability to produce radioisotope power systems such as those used by NASA for deep space exploration," said Bob Wham, who leads the project for the lab's Nuclear Security and Isotope Technology Division.

 

The success of Wham and a team of engineers and technicians at ORNL comes two years after NASA began funding the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy through a roughly $15 million per year effort to revive the department's capability to make plutonium-238.

 

Production begins at Idaho National Laboratory, which stores the existing inventory of neptunium-237 feedstock and ships it as needed to ORNL. Engineers mix the neptunium oxide with aluminum and press the mixture into high-density pellets. They use the High Flux Isotope Reactor, a DOE Office of Science User Facility at ORNL, to irradiate the pellets, creating neptunium-238, which quickly decays and becomes plutonium-238.

The irradiated pellets are then dissolved and ORNL staff use a chemical process to separate the plutonium from remaining neptunium. The plutonium product is converted to an oxide and shipped to Los Alamos National Laboratory, where the material will be stored until needed for a mission. Remaining neptunium is recycled into new targets to produce more plutonium-238.

 

There are currently only 35 kilograms, or about 77 pounds, of plutonium-238 set aside for NASA missions, and only about half of this supply meets power specifications. This is only sufficient to power two to three proposed NASA missions through the middle of the 2020s. Fortunately, the additional material that will be produced at ORNL can be blended with the existing portion that doesn't meet specifications to extend the usable inventory.

 

With continued NASA funding, DOE's Oak Ridge and Idaho national laboratories can ensure that NASA's needs are met, initially by producing 300 to 400 grams of the material per year and then, through automation and scale-up processes, by producing an average of 1.5 kilograms per year.

"With this initial production of plutonium-238 oxide, we have demonstrated that our process works and we are ready to move on to the next phase of the mission," Wham said.

 

The next NASA mission planning to use a radioisotope thermoelectric generator is the Mars 2020 rover, due to be launched in July 2020. The mission seeks signs of life on Mars and will test technology for human exploration and gather samples of rocks and soil that could be returned to Earth.

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/ORNL_achieves_milestone_with_plutonium_238_sample_999.html

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Air Force Awards New Rocket Propulsion Contracts

 

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RD-180 test firing. (Credit: NASA)

 

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Christmas came early last week for Aerojet Rocketdyne, Northrop Grumman and Orbital ATK as the U.S. Air Force awarded rocket propulsion contracts worth a combined $14.5 million to the companies on Dec. 23.

The contracts support “technology maturation and risk reduction” in the areas of material manufacturing and development and advanced technologies. The work supports the effort to transition away from the use of Russian-built RD-180 engines in United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V booster.

The Air Force has awarded a total of seven contracts totaling just under $17 million. A list of the contracts is below.

 

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AWARDEE AMOUNT
Aerojet Rocketdyne  $ 6,003,668
Northrop Grumman $ 5,465,705
ATK Launch Systems Inc.  $ 3,125,810
Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering $    935,696
Tanner Research  $    902,507
Moog Inc. $    728,337
Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering  $    545,860
TOTAL:  $16,979,246

http://www.parabolicarc.com/2015/12/28/air-force-awards-rocket-propulsion-contracts/

 

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ISRO to have one launch mission per month on average

 

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Madurai, Dec.28 (ANI): Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre scientist Ingersoll has said that the organisation will be having one launch mission every month on an average.

 

Speaking at the seminar in the Madurai Yadava College on Sunday, he said that the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System when fully operationalised, will revolutionise the GPS services apart from giving accurate information for navigation purposes. (ANI)

http://www.aninews.in/newsdetail2/story246063/isro-to-have-one-launch-mission-per-month-on-average.html

 

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China launches HD earth observation satellite

 

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Photo taken on Dec. 29, 2015 shows the Long March-3B carrier rocket is launched with the Gaofen-4 Satellite in Xichang of southwest China's Sichuan Province. China on Tuesday launched its most sophisticated observation satellite, Gaofen-4, as part of the country's high-definition (HD) earth observation project. (Xinhua/Xue Yubin)

 

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XICHANG, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- China on Tuesday launched its most sophisticated observation satellite, Gaofen-4, as part of the country's high-definition (HD) earth observation project.

 

Gaofen-4 was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan at 00:04 a.m. aboard a Long March-3B carrier rocket. It was the 222th flight of the Long March rocket series, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND).

 

Gaofen-4 is China's first geosynchronous orbit HD optical imaging satellite and the world's most sophisticated HD geosynchronous orbit remote sensing satellite, according to Xu Dazhe, head of SASTIND and China National Space Administration.

 

The successful launch of Gaofen-4 was the 19th space mission in this year. It will be used for disaster prevention and relief, surveillance of geological disasters and forest disasters, and meteorologic forecast, according to Tong Xudong, the chief designer of the Gaofen project with SASTIND.

 

The Gaofen project aims to launch seven high-definition observation satellites before 2020.

 

Gaofen-1, the first satellite of the project, was launched in April 2013.

 

Different from Gaofen-1 and Gaofen-2 in low orbits (600-700 km) around the earth, Gaofen-4 is located at the orbit 36,000 kilometers away from the earth and moves synchronously with the earth.

 

It can "see" an oil tanker on the sea with a huge CMOS camera, reaching the best imaging level among global high-orbit remote sensing satellites, according to Li Guo, chief designer of Gaofen-4.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-12/29/c_134959293.htm

 

indepth analysis at...

Long March 3B lofts Gaofen-4 to close out 2015

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/12/long-march-3b-gaofen-4-close-2015/

 

China Launches High Definition Earth Observation Satellite

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tentative launch schedule.....

 

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NETJAN    SES-9
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FALCON 9 V1.2    
Location:    Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time:    TBD
Scheduled for launch in 2015, SES-9 will be positioned at the orbital slot of 108.2° E and provide incremental as well as replacement capacity to the well established slot over Asia, where it will be co-located with the existing satellites. The satellite will expand SES’s capability to provide DTH broadcasting and other communications services in Northeast Asia, South Asia & Indonesia, as well as maritime communications for vessels in the Indian Ocean.


NETJAN    KOSMOS (GLONASS-M51)
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Location:    Plesetsk Cosmodrome Site 43
Time:    TBD
The next Kosmos satellite (Glonass-M 51) will be launched with a Soyuz-2-1B rocket with a Fregat-M upper stage from the Plesetsk cosmodrome late January 2016.


NETJAN    IRNSS-1E
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PSLV-XL    
Location:    Satish Dhawan Space Centre FLP
Time:    TBD
The Indian Government has approved in May 2006, a project to implement an Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS). IRNSS consists of a constellation of seven satellites. Each satellite has two payloads: a navigation payload and CDMA ranging payload in addition with a laser retro-reflector. The payload generates navigation signals at L5 and S-band. The design of the payload makes the IRNSS system inter-operable and compatible with GPS and Galileo.


JAN 17    JASON-3 (NOAA)
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FALCON 9 V1.1    
Location:    Vandenberg AFB SLC-4
Time:    10:42:18 AM PST (UTC-8)
SpaceX is planning to launch the Jason 3 spacecraft from Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex 4E. Jason 3 is an Earth observation satellite designed to monitor and precisely measure the world’s oceans, and is operated as a collaboration between NOAA, Eumetsat, NASA, and CNES (the French Space Agency - Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales).
Coverage:
Jun 2015: Thruster contamination on NOAA’s Jason-3 satellite forces delay


NETJAN 25    EUTELSAT 9B (EUTELSAT)
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PROTON-M (COMMERCIAL)    
Location:    Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-31
Time:    TBD
The Eutelsat 9B satellite will be launched with a Russian Proton-M rocket with a Briz-M upper stage.


NETJAN 27    INTELSAT 29E (EPICNG) (INTELSAT)
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ARIANE 5 ECA    
Location:    Guiana Space Centre ELA-3
Time:    TBD
Intelsat S.A. confirmed that the first of its Intelsat EpicNG high-throughput satellites would be orbited by Arianespace aboard an Ariane 5 on January 27. Carrying an advanced digital payload, the Intelsat EpicNG will be the heavy-lift launcher’s sole passenger – a change from the typical dual-payload missions.


NETFEB    SENTINEL-3A (ESA)
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ROKOT    
Location:    Plesetsk Cosmodrome Site 133
Time:    TBD
ESA's Sentinel-3A satellite will launch in early November from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome on a Russian Rokot rocket. Sentinel-3, a dedicated Copernicus satellite will deliver high-quality ocean measurements.


NETFEB 3    GPS IIF-12
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ATLAS V 401    
Location:    Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time:    TBD
The first ULA launch of 2016 will be an Atlas V rocket. It will launch the next GPS satellite from Cape Canaveral.


NETFEB 7    SPACEX CRS-8 (ISS)
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FALCON 9 V1.2    
Location:    Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time:    TBD
Window:    1 second
SpaceX will conduct its ninth resupply flight to the International Space Station under contract with NASA. The company will utilize its Falcon 9 v1.2 booster to send the Dragon cargo vessel to the International Space Station. Dragon will be filled with supplies, items for the crew as well as experiments to be used on the space station.

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Since there should be no launches during the next 2 days....time for yearly launch list for 2015.

 

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The world's orbital launch attempts in 2015 (as of December 29, 2015 ):

 
Country
Launch date
Time of launch
Payload
Payload type
Launch vehicle
Launch site
Launch complex
Launch pad
Status
1
USA
Jan. 10
09:47 GMT

Dragon SpX-5 (CRS5)

Manned / cargo supply
Falcon-9 v1.1
Cape Canaveral
SLC-40
40
Success
2
USA
Jan. 21
01:04:00 GMT
MUOS-3
Military / communications
Atlas-5 ( 551)
Cape Canaveral
SLC-41
41
Success
3
USA
Jan. 31
12:22:00 p.m. local time
SMAP, GRIFEX-3U, ELaNa-X, ExoCube, FIREBIRD-2A, FIREBIRD-2B
Application / remote-sensing
Delta-2 (7320-10C)
Vandenberg
SLC-2W
West
Success
4
Japan
Feb. 1
01:21 GMT
IGS Radar-Spare
Military / observation
H-2A No. 202
Tanegashima
-
-
Success
5
Feb. 1
15:31:00
Application / communications
200
39
Success
6
Iran
Feb. 2
11:52 GMT
Fajr-4
Military / observation
Safir-1B
Semnan
-
-
Success
7
Europe
Feb. 11
10:40 local time
IXV
Experimental / space plane
-
Success
8
USA
Feb. 11
23:03:32 GMT
DSCOVR (Triana/"Goresat")
Planetary /Lagrange
Falcon-9 v1.1
Cape Canaveral
SLC-40
-
Success
9
Feb. 17
14:00:17 Moscow Time
Manned / cargo supply
1
5
Success
10
Feb. 27
14:01:35
Military / observation
43
4
Success
11
USA
March 1
10:50 EST
ABS-3A, Eutelsat-115 West B
Application / communications
Falcon-9 v1.1
Cape Canaveral
SLC-40
-
Success
12
USA
March 12
10:44 p.m. EDT
MMS-1, MMS-2, MMS-3, MMS-4
Science / magnetosphere
Atlas-5 421
Cape Canaveral
SLC-41
41
Success
13
March 19
01:05:00 Moscow Time
200
39
Success
14
USA
March 25
2:36 p.m. EDT
GPS 2F-9
Application / navigation
Delta-4-M (4,2)
Cape Canaveral
SLC-37B
B
Success
15
March 26
01:08:46 Moscow Time
Application / remote-sensing
370/13
-
Success
16
Japan
March 26
01:21 UTC
IGS Optical-5
Military / reconnaissance
H-2A (202) F28
Tanegashima
-
-
Success
17
March 27
22:42:57 Moscow Time
1
5
Success
18
March 27
6:46:18 p.m. Guiana Time
Application / navigation
ELS
-
Success
19
India
March 28
17:19 IST
IRNSS-1D
Application / navigation
PSLV-C27 XL
Srikharikota
SLP
2
Success
20
China
March 30
21:52 Beijing Time
Beidou-3-I1
Application / navigation
Chang Zheng-3C No. Y11/YZ-1
Xichang
LC2
2
Success
21
March 31
16:47:56 Moscow Time
133
3
Success
22
US
April 14
4:10:41 p.m. EDT
Dragon SpX-6 (CRS-6)
Manned / cargo supply
Falcon-9
Cape Canaveral
40
-
Success
23
Europe
April 26
22:00 Guiana time
Ariane-5 ECA
Application / communications
Ariane-5
3
Success
24
US
April 27
7:03 p.m. EDT
TürkmenÄlem-52E (MonacoSat)
Application / communications
Falcon-9 v1.1
Cape Canaveral
40
-
Success
25
April 28
10:09:50 Moscow Time
Manned / cargo supply
31
6
Failure
26 Russia May 16 08:47:39 Moscow Time MexSat-1 Application / communications Proton-M/Briz-M
200
39
Failure
27 US May 20 15:05:05 GMT X-37B OTV-4, ULTRASat: LightSail-A , GEARRSAT-2, OptiCube 1, OptiCube-2, OptiCube-3, USS Langley, AeroCube-8A, AeroCube-8B, BRICSat-P, PSat A Military / experimental Atlas-5 501 (AV-054) Cape Canaveral SLC-41 41 Success
28 Europe May 27 06:16 p.m. Guiana time DirecTV-15, SKYM-1 Application / communications
Ariane-5
3
Success
29
June 5
18:23:54 Moscow Time
Military / reconnaissance
43
4
Success
30
Europe
June 22
10:51:58 p.m. local time
Sentinel-2A
Application / remote-sensing
1
Success
31
June 23
19:44:00 Moscow Time
Military / reconnaissance
43
4
Success
32 China June 26 06:22:04 GMT Gaofen-8 Military / reconnaissance
Chang Zheng-4B
Taiyuan
-
-
Success
33 US June 28 10:21 EDT Dragon SpX-7 Manned / cargo supply
Falcon-9
Cape Canaveral
40
-
Failure
34
July 3
07:55:48 Moscow Time
Manned / cargo supply
1
5
Success
35
India
July 10
16:28 UTC
DMC-3 (1), DMC-3 (2), DMC-3 (3), DeorbitSail-1, CBNT-1
Application / remote sensing / experimental
PSLV (XL) C28
Srikharikota
FLP
2
Success
36
US
July 15
15:36 GMT
GPS IIF-10 (SV-11)
Application / navigation
Atlas-5 401 (AV-055)
Cape Canaveral
SLC-41
-
Success
37
Europe
July 15
21:42 GMT
Star One C4, MSG-4/Meteosat-11
Application / communications / remote sensing
Ariane-5 ECA
3
Success
38
July 23
00:02:44 Moscow Time
1
5
Success
39
US
July 23
8:07 p.m. EDT
WGS-7
Military / communications
Delta-4 Medium+(5,4)
Cape Canaveral
SLC-37B
B
Success
40
China
July 25
8:29 p.m. Beijing Time
BeiDou-3 M1-S (18), BeiDou-3 M2-S (19)
Application / navigation
Long March-3B/Yuanzheng-1
Xichang
-
-
Success
41
Japan
Aug. 19
20:50 Japan Standard Time
HTV-5 (Kounotori-5)
Manned / cargo supply
H-2B (F5)
Tanegashima
-
-
Success
42
Europe
Aug. 20
5:34 pm French Guiana time
Eutelsat-8 West B, Intelsat-34
Application / communications
Ariane-5 ECA
3
Success
43
China
Aug. 27
02:31 UTC
Yaogan Weixing-27
Military / reconnaissance
Chang Zheng-4C
Taiyuan
9
-
Success
44
India
Aug. 27
16:52 India Standard Time
GSAT-6 (Insat-4E)
Military / communications
GSLV-D6 Mk-2
Srikharikota
-
-
Success
45
Aug. 28
14:44:00 Moscow Time
Application / communications
200
39
Success
46
Sept. 2
07:37:43 Moscow Time
1
5
Success
47
US
Sept. 2
6:18 a.m. EDT
MUOS-4
Military / communications
Atlas-5 551 (AV-056)
Cape Canaveral
SLC-41
-
Success
48
Sept. 10
11:08:10 p.m. French Guiana time
Application /navigation
ELS
-
Success
49
China
Sept. 12
23:42 Beijing Time
Tongxin Jishu Shiyan Weixing-1
Application / communications
Chang Zheng-3B
Xichang
-
-
Success
50
China
Sept. 14
12:42 Beijing Time
Gaofen-9
Application / remote sensing
Chang Zheng-2D
Jiuquan
-
-
Success
51
Sept. 14
22:00:00 Moscow Time
Proton-M/Block-DM03
81
24
Success
52
China
Sept. 20
7:01 Beijing Time
ZDPS-2A, ZDPS-2B, Kongjian-1A, Kongjina-1B, Kongjian-1C, Tiantuo-3, NUDT-A, NUDT-B, NUDT-C, NUDT-D, Xiwang-2A, Xiwang-2B, Xiwang-2C, Xiwang-2D, Xiwang-2E, Xiwang-2F, DCBB, LilacSat-2, NUDT-PhoneSat, Xinjishu Yanzheng-2
Experimental
Chang Zheng-6
Taiyuan
16
-
Success
53
Sept. 24
00:59:39 Moscow Time
Kosmos-2507, Kosmos-2508, Kosmos-2509 (Rodnik)
Military / communications
133
3
Success
54
China
Sept. 25
09:41 Beijing Time
Pujian-1, Tianwang-1, NJUST-2, NJFA-1
Application / communications
Chang Zheng-11
Jiuquan
-
-
Success
55
India
Sept. 28
10:00 India Standard Time
Astrosat, Lapan-A2, Lemur-A, Lemur-B, Lemur-C, Lemur-D, NLS-14 (ev9)
Science / astronomy
PSLV-C30
Srikharikota
-
-
Success
56
China
Sept. 30
07:30 Beijing Time
Beidou-3 I2S
Application / navigation
Chang Zheng-3B
Xichang
LC3
-
Success
57
Europe
Sept. 30
5:30 p.m. Kourou Time
Sky Muster, Arsat-2
Application / communications
Ariane-5
-
Success
58
Oct. 1
19:49:41 Moscow Time
Manned / cargo supply
1
5
Success
59
US
Oct. 2
6:28 a.m. EDT
Morelos-3 (MexSat-2)
Application / communications
Atlas-5 421 (AV-059)
Cape Canaveral
SLC-41
41
Success
60
China
Oct. 7
12:13 Beijing Time
Jilin-1, Lingqiao-A, Lingqiao-B, LQSat
Application / remote sensing
Chang Zheng-2D
Jiuquan
403
603
Success
61
US
Oct. 8
 
NROL-55 (NOSS 3-7 A, NOSS-3-7 B), 13 Cubesats
Military / naval reconnaissance
Atlas-5 (AV-058)
Vandenberg AFB
SLC-3E
E
Success
62 Russia Oct. 16 23:40:11 Moscow Time Turksat-4B Application / communications Proton-M/Briz-M Baikonur
200
39
Success
63 China Oct. 17 00:16 Local Time Apstar-9 Application / communications Long March-3B/G2 Xichang
-
-
Success
64 China Oct. 26 15:10 Beijing Time Tianhui 1-03 Application / remote-sensing Chang Zheng-2G Jiuquan
-
-
Success
65 US Oct. 31 12:13 p.m. EDT GPS 2F-11 Application / navigation Atlas-5 401 (AV-060) Cape Canaveral
SLC-41
-
Success
66 China Nov. 4 00:25 Beijing Time Zhongxing-2C (Chinasat-2C) Application / communications Chang Zheng-3B Xichang
-
-
Success
67 US Nov. 4 03:45 UTC HawaiiSat-1 (HiakaSat), Supernova-Beta, Argus (SLU-02), EDSN-1, EDSN-2, EDSN-3, EDSN-4, EDSN-5, EDSN-6, EDSN-7, EDSN-8, STACEM, PrintSat Science / experimental SPARK (Super Strypi) PMRF Hawaii
PMRF-41
-
Failure
68 China Nov. 8 15:06 Beijing Time
Yaogan Weixing-28
Military / reconnaissance
Chang Zheng-4B
Taiyuan
-
-
Success
69
Europe
Nov. 10
6:43 p.m. Guiana Time
Arabsat-6B (BADR-7), GSAT-15
Application / communications
Ariane-5-ECA
-
Success
70
Nov. 17
09:33:41 Moscow Time
Military / early warning
43
4
Success
71
China
Nov. 21
00:07 Beijing Time
LaoSat-1
Application / communications
Chang Zheng-3B
Xichang
-
-
Success
72
Japan
Nov. 24
3:50:00 p.m. Japan Standard Time
Telstar-12 Vantage
Application / communications
H-2A No. 29
Tanegashima
-
-
Success
73
China
Nov. 26
05:24 Beijing Time
Yaogan-29
Application / remote-sensing
Chang Zheng-4B
Taiyuan
9
-
Success
74
Europe
Dec. 3
01:04:00 a.m. French Guiana
LISA Pathfinder
Science / astrophysics
-
In progress
75
Dec. 5
17:08:33 Moscow Time
Military / Reconnaissance
43
4
Failure
76
US
Dec. 6
4:44:57 p.m. EST
Cygnus OA-4 (CRS4)
Manned / cargo supply
Atlas-5 (401/AV-061)
Cape Canaveral
41
-
Success
77
China
Dec 10
00:46 Beijing Time
ZX-1C Zhongxing-1C
Application / communications
Chang Zheng-3B
Xichang
LC3
-
Success
78
Dec. 11
16:45:32.036 Moscow Time
Application / weather forecasting
45
-
Success
79
Dec. 13
03:19 Moscow Time
Military / communications
81
24
Success
80
Dec. 15
14:03:09.328 Moscow Time
1
5
Success
81
India
Dec. 16
12:30 GMT
TeLEOS-1, VELOX-C1, VELOX-2, Athenoxat-1, Galassia, Kent Ridge-1 (KR1)
Application / remote sensing
PSLV-C29 (CA)
Srikharikota
-
-
Success
82
Dec. 17
8:51:56 a.m. French Guiana time
Application /navigation
ELS
-
Success
83
China
Dec. 17
08:12:04.713 Beijing Time
Wukong (DArk Matter Particle Explore, DAMPE)
Science / astrophysics
Chang Zheng-2D
Jiuquan
43/603
-
Success
84
Dec. 21
11:44:39.465 Moscow Time
Manned / cargo supply
31
6
Success
85
USA
Dec. 21
8:29:00 p.m. EST
Orbcomm G2 (x11)
Application / communications
Falcon-9 FT
Cape Canaveral
SLC-40
-
Success
86
Dec. 25
00:31:19 Moscow Time
200
39
Success
87
China
Dec. 28
00:04 Beijing Time
Gaofen-4
Application / remote sensing
Chang Zheng-3B:
Xichang
2
-
Success

 

The 2015 space launch score card (as of December 29, 2015 ):

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Country
Launch vehicle
Launch vehicle
Launch vehicle
Launch vehicle
Launch vehicle
Launch vehicle
Launch vehicle
Launch vehicle
Total
Failed
1
Proton-M: 8 (1*)
Soyuz-U/FG: 7
Soyuz-2-1a/b: 9 (1*)
Dnepr: 1
Rockot: 2
Soyuz-2-1v: 1 (1**)
Zenit: 1
-
29
3
2
USA
Falcon-9: 7 (1*)
Atlas-5: 9
Delta-2: 1
Delta-4: 2
SPARK: 1 (1*)
-
-
-
20
2
3
China
Chang Zheng-3C: 1
Chang Zheng-4B: 3
Chang Zheng-3B: 8
Chang Zheng-4C: 1
Chang Zheng-2D: 3
Chang Zheng-6: 1
Chang Zheng-11: 1
Chang Zheng-2G: 1
19
0
4
Europe
Vega: 3
Ariane-5: 6
-
-
-
-
-
-
9
0
5
India
PSLV: 4
GSLV: 1
-
-
-
-
-
-
5
0
6 Japan
H-2A: 3
H-2B: 1
-
-
-
-
-
-
4
0
7
Iran
Safir-1B: 1
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1
0
-
World:
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
87
5

*Failed launch; **Launch vehicle performed as planned, but payload failed to separate from upper stage;

http://www.russianspaceweb.com/2015.html

 

little cramped, but it's all there....:)

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Photos: All Orbital Launches of 2015

 

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The year 2015 saw 87 orbital launch attempts from spaceports across the globe – 84 missions reached orbit and 82 orbital launches were declared successful. Here are photos of all of 2015’s space launches.

Photo's at the link...and they are good......:D

http://spaceflight101.com/photos-all-orbital-launches-of-2015/

 

Upcoming reentries...

 

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Upcoming Reentries   (Updated 31 December 2015)

Object Reentry Date
SL-23 Rocket Body  02 January 2016

 

http://www.aerospace.org/cords/reentry-predictions/upcoming-reentries-2-2/

 

and a new stretch about to begin.....:)

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The start of 2016 Launches      (as of 1st January, 2016)

 

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Jan. 15Long March 3B • Gaofen 4
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket will launch the Belintersat 1 communications satellite for the government of Belarus. [Jan. 1]
Jan. 17Falcon 9 • Jason 3
Launch time: 1842:18 GMT (1:42:18 p.m. EST; 10:42:18 a.m. PST)
Launch site: SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Jason 3 ocean altimetry mission. Jason 3 will measure ocean surface topography to aid in ocean circulation and climate change research for NOAA, EUMETSAT, NASA and the French space agency, CNES. Delayed from March 31, July 22 and December. [Dec. 12]
Jan. 20PSLV • IRNSS 1E
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), flying on the PSLV-C31 mission in the PSLV-XL configuration, will launch the IRNSS 1E navigation satellite. The payload is the fifth spacecraft in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System, which aims to improve positioning services over India and neighboring regions. Delayed from September and November. [Dec. 27]
JanuaryFalcon 9 • SES 9
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SES 9 communications satellite. Owned by SES of Luxembourg, the spacecraft will provide direct-to-home and other communications services over Northeast Asia, South Asia and Indonesia, as well as maritime communications for vessels in the Indian Ocean. The rocket will fly on a full-thrust version of the Falcon 9 rocket. Delayed from July 15, August, November and December. [Dec. 12]
TBDDnepr • Paz
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: Dombarovsky, Russia
An ISC Kosmotras Dnepr rocket will launch the Paz radar Earth observation satellite for Hisdesat of Spain. Delayed from December. [Dec. 16]
TBDSoyuz • Glonass M
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch a Glonass M navigation satellite. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz-2.1b configuration with a Fregat upper stage. Delayed from Dec. 29. [Dec. 16]
JanuaryRockot • Sentinel 3A
Launch time: 1757:31 GMT (12:57:31 p.m. EST)
Launch site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Eurockot Rockot vehicle will launch with the Sentinel 3A Earth observation satellite for the European Space Agency and the European Commission. Sentinel 3A carries instruments to measure sea surface topography, sea and land surface temperature, and ocean and land color. Delayed from Oct. 31 and Dec. 10. [Dec. 5]
Jan. 25Proton • Eutelsat 9B
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
An International Launch Services Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will deploy the Eutelsat 9B communications satellite owned by Paris-based Eutelsat. Eutelsat 9B will provide digital television and video programming across Europe. The spacecraft hosts the first payload for the European Space Agency’s European Data Relay Satellite (EDRS) system to relay communications between ground stations and satellites in low Earth orbit. [Oct. 31]
Jan. 27Ariane 5 • Intelsat 29e
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA228, to launch the Intelsat 29e communications satellite. Intelsat 29e is the first Intelsat Epic high throughput satellite, hosting a next-generation all-digital payload that can be reconfigured in orbit and is resilient to interference and jamming. Intelsat 29e offers coverage spanning North and South America, the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, and the North Atlantic aeronautical route connecting North America and Europe. [Nov. 16]
Feb. 3Atlas 5 • GPS 2F-12
Launch window: 1349-1408 GMT (8:49-9:08 a.m. EST)
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-057, will launch the U.S. Air Force’s 12th Block 2F navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System. The rocket will fly in the 401 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from Jan. 26. [Nov. 2]
Feb. 7Falcon 9 • SpaceX CRS 8
Launch time: 2101 GMT (4:01 p.m. EST)
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 10th Dragon spacecraft on the eighth operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Delayed from Aug. 13, Sept. 2, and Jan. 3. [Jan. 1]

http://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/

 

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America's Space Program Primed for New Year of Launch Accomplishments

 

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Propelled by its three ‘cores’, the Falcon Heavy is expected to make its maiden voyage in April 2016. This behemoth will cement its credentials as the most powerful rocket in current operational status, overtaking the Delta IV Heavy. Image Credit: SpaceX

 

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As the world stands on the cusp of another year of space exploration activity, several U.S. launch providers—United Launch Alliance (ULA), SpaceX and Orbital ATK—are primed to embark on perhaps the most ambitious 12 months to date, with Atlas V, Delta IV, Antares, Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets destined to deliver missions into low-Earth orbit, Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) and Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO), as well as sending a spacecraft onto a trajectory to encounter Comet Bennu. Four piloted Soyuz missions will transport four Americans, six Russians and one astronaut apiece from Japan and France to the International Space Station (ISS), allowing the sprawling multi-national outpost to continue unprecedented scientific research and respond to around a dozen unpiloted Dragon, Cygnus, Progress and H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) visitors.

 

Significantly, Orbital ATK’s Antares booster will return to flight, after an 18-month hiatus, and SpaceX’s mammoth Falcon Heavy will embark on its maiden voyage, snatching the crown from ULA’s Delta IV Heavy to become the largest and most powerful rocket in active operational service, anywhere in the world.

Overview of the years planned launches...

http://www.americaspace.com/?p=90398#more-90398

 

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/me rubs hands together furiously ...

 

Falcon Heavy ... mmmmm ... tasty ... 

 

To repeat something from Apollo 8 as they were preparing for the LOI Burn:

 

"Custard's in the oven at 350°"

 

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5 minutes ago, Unobscured Vision said:

/me rubs hands together furiously ...

 

Falcon Heavy ... mmmmm ... tasty ... 

 

To repeat something from Apollo 8 as they were preparing for the LOI Burn:

 

"Custard's in the oven at 350°"

 

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Rocket Parts crash-land in Vietnam

 

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Photo: matichon tv

 

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Rocket debris crash landed in Vietnam last weekend when the spent second stage of a Russian-Ukrainian Zenit rocket re-entered over south-east Asia. Observers in Thailand caught sight of the blazing re-entry of the 8-metric-ton rocket stage as it disintegrated in mid-air on a trek taking it over Thailand, Laos and Vietnam where sonic booms were heard and multiple debris from the rocket were recovered.

 

The Zenit rocket, carrying a two-ton weather satellite, lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome back on December 11, 2015 in what likely will be Zenit’s final launch as the rocket got caught up in the conflict between Russia and the Ukraine in recent years. The first stage of the rocket, propelled by the world’s most powerful liquid-fueled rocket engine, fired for two minutes and 25 seconds and impacted downrange from the launch site – handing off to the second stage of the rocket that was in charge of powered flight for a little over six minutes.

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The Joint Space Operations Center tracks objects in orbit using ground-based radars including objects that are close to re-entry which are watched more closely to permit a calculation of the approximate re-entry point. Space-based assets operated by the military, primarily tasked with the detection of ballistic missiles, can also track the infrared signature of a re-entering object – allowing a precise determination of the re-entry location.

 

The second stage of the Elektro-L No. 2 launch re-entered the atmosphere at 23:35 UTC on January 1 +/-1 Minute, placing the position of orbital decay over western Thailand, though the 2-minute window of uncertainty means that the start of re-entry occurred at any point from the Andaman Sea around 300 Kilometers off shore to the border of Thailand and Laos on a trek taking the rocket stage from south-west to north-east. The time and location given by JSpOC corresponds to the object passing 80 Kilometers where the onset of fragmentation typically occurs, but objects are typically visible once below 104 Kilometers in altitude.

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Center of Decay Window – Image: Spaceflight101/TLE Analyser

 

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Witnesses in northern Vietnam report hearing sonic booms at 6:30 a.m. local time on Saturday – around the time of re-entry. Debris, in particular three metal spheres between 27 and 80 centimeters in diameter with Cyrillic writing on them, were found about 100 Kilometers apart. Photos show the spheres – weighing up to 45 Kilograms – embedded in soil to about half their diameter.

 

Small spherical tanks, typically used to hold reaction control system propellant or tank pressurant gases, are often found as surviving objects after rocket body re-entries along with heavier engine components. More dense components travel farther downrange from the decay point and likely ended up in China, though no reports of any debris sightings have been published.

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Credit: vietnambreakingnews.com

 

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Re-Entry Data
  Zenit Second Stage - Photo: Tsenki/Roscosmos Zenit Second Stage – Photo: Tsenki/Roscosmos

NORAD ID: 41107
Object: SL-23 R/B
Origin: Russia
Type: Zenit 2SL Second Stage
Mass: 8,307 Kilograms
Launch: December 11, 2015 – 13:45 UTC
Launch Site: 45/1 Baikonur Cosmodrome
Launch Vehicle: Zenit-3SLBF
Ascent Duration: 8 Hours & 56 Minutes
Payload: Elektro-L #2 (1,855kg)

Re-Entry Prediction: January 1, 2016 – 23:35 UTC +/-1 Minute
Re-Entry Location: Thailand

http://spaceflight101.com/rocket-parts-crash-land-in-vietnam/

 

Objects fall from the sky like a meteor Phitsanulok airspace over Tourists shoot: Matichon TV

video is 2:22 min., language is ?

 

 

 

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Launch Schedule

 

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Jan. 15Long March 3B • Belintersat 1
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket will launch the Belintersat 1 communications satellite for the government of Belarus. [Jan. 1]
Jan. 17Falcon 9 • Jason 3
Launch time: 1842:18 GMT (1:42:18 p.m. EST; 10:42:18 a.m. PST)
Launch site: SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Jason 3 ocean altimetry mission. Jason 3 will measure ocean surface topography to aid in ocean circulation and climate change research for NOAA, EUMETSAT, NASA and the French space agency, CNES. Delayed from March 31, July 22 and December. [Dec. 12]
Jan. 20PSLV • IRNSS 1E
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), flying on the PSLV-C31 mission in the PSLV-XL configuration, will launch the IRNSS 1E navigation satellite. The payload is the fifth spacecraft in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System, which aims to improve positioning services over India and neighboring regions. Delayed from September and November. [Dec. 27]
Jan. 23Falcon 9 • SES 9
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SES 9 communications satellite. Owned by SES of Luxembourg, the spacecraft will provide direct-to-home and other communications services over Northeast Asia, South Asia and Indonesia, as well as maritime communications for vessels in the Indian Ocean. The rocket will fly on a full-thrust version of the Falcon 9 rocket. Delayed from July 15, August, November and December. [Dec. 12]

http://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/

 

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SES-9 has arrived at KSC, so SpaceX's launch cadence is ramping up.

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3 minutes ago, DocM said:

SES-9 has arrived at KSC, so SpaceX's launch cadence is ramping up.

 

Excellent news.....:D

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Roscosmos Looks Back on its Life, Death and Rebirth in 2015

 

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MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — 2015 – the year of the creation of the state corporation “Roscosmos”, the year of the completion of the first civilian spaceport Russia – Vostochny cosmodrome, the year of transition to the new space programs.

 

Ongoing systemic reform space industry (CSC) of Russia. Each enterprise, institution, organization RKO undergoing serious structural changes. And already the first results – companies developing and producing launch vehicles and spacecraft, carrying out maintenance of ground infrastructure, training of cosmonauts and astronauts become more efficient and sustainable.

 

Federal state unitary enterprises are transformed into joint stock companies. Developed and implemented a program of strategic change.

 

Introduced a unified procedure for corporate management and budgeting. There is optimization of production facilities and logistic flows are created competence centers, the complex of works in the unification of the equipment and devices.

 

To improve the competence of management at all levels of management of the industry to create a corporate Academy Roscosmos. Deepen ties with universities in Russia, opened specialized departments for training space industry.

 

Becoming more open to the public, more responsive communications are broadcast live launches, docks and spacewalks. Expanding and ordered international activities – to make new contracts for the export of engines, launch vehicles, and the provision of launch services.

 

ROSCOSMOS converted from the Federal Agency of the State corporation, to form a single decision-making center and a single point of responsibility. ACCD becomes part of the state corporation.

 

The draft of the Federal Space Program for 2016 – 2025 years. passes final approval. Defined financing of space activities to Russia in 2025 in a volume of 1.406 trillion rubles. Another 115 billion rubles. – A project on the implementation of the final decision which will be taken depending on the state budget and the results of the industry.

 

Roscosmos has fully complied with all federal program launch vehicle and spacecraft, scheduled for 2015.

 

In 2015, Russia carried out 29 launches, with 18 launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, 3 from the Guiana Space Center, 1 launch from Dombarovsky GMD and 7 launches from Baikonur Russian Defense Ministry PLESETSK.

 

Russian orbital group is growing – both quantitatively and qualitatively. In 2015, it was put into orbit 17 unmanned spacecraft (SC) to solve the problems in the interests of Russian consumers. Significantly expand the possibilities of remote sensing and communication satellites of modern domestic.

 

We finished the second phase of the Single geographically distributed information system remote sensing (ERS ETRIS), which allows to provide all consumers, primarily the state, remote sensing data derived from the Russian spacecraft.

 

Together with the Ministry of Emergency Measures of Russia on the basis of the emergency rescue center in Murmansk deploy Russia’s first Arctic Center for Remote Sensing.

 

A substantial reduction in the use of foreign remote sensing data in connection with the provision of similar data from national satellites.

Steadily increasing the possibility of the Russian orbital constellation of communication, broadcasting and retransmission. Launched telecommunication spacecraft “Express-AM7″, “Express AM8″ and “Express AMU1″ that made it possible to ensure the provision of broadcasting services, data transmission, multimedia services, presidential and governmental communications, telephony, mobile communication in the territory of the Western and Central Russia, Europe, Africa, Middle East, South and North America.

 

In December, completed flight tests multifunctional space relay system “Ray”, created on the basis of units of production of JSC “ISS”. The system “Ray” is designed to provide communications with manned and automatic low-orbit space technology objects, moving outside the areas of radio visibility from the territory of Russia, including the Russian segment of the ISS. In December 2015 with the help of “Ray” to manage the new TGK “Progress-MS.”

 

The orbital group of GLONASS satellites provide coverage of the Earth’s navigation field.

 

Roscosmos enterprises continue to enter the large commercial contracts. The contract for 21 launch of “Soyuz” and the number of contracts and agreements for more than 10 launches of “Proton” and – addition to export 20 RD-180 engines.

 

Russia has fully complied with its international obligations: run 6 foreign spacecraft, successfully launched 4 vehicles and 4 manned spacecraft for the International Space Station (ISS).

 

In 2015, Roscosmos has prepared 4 ISS: Mission ISS-43/44 ISS-44/45, ISS-45/46 / VC-18 and ISS-46/47. Now Cosmonaut Training Center. Yuri Gagarin preparing to perform space flight crews 7, a part of which 9 Russian cosmonauts, 7 astronauts NASA, ESA, and 2 astronaut 1 astronaut JAXA.

 

Continued implementation of the manned space program of Russia. In particular, March 12 returned to Earth as a test cosmonaut cosmonaut corps Roscosmos Elena Serov, which was the fourth in the history of the woman-cosmonaut of the USSR and Russia after 17-year break.

 

September 12 completed the flight Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, setting a new world record for the total duration of stay in space – 878 days.

 

March 27 at the annual mission to the ISS went Roscosmos cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko and NASA astronaut Scott Kelly. This expedition – the most important part of the preparation for future manned flights into deep space.

 

In the Amur region finishes construction of the cosmodrome Vostochny – Russia’s first civilian spaceport. Baikonur, which will provide our country with independent access to space. Begun autonomous tests of preparation “Soyuz-2.1a” to run. In creating space infrastructure Vostochny cosmodrome attended by all the leading enterprises of Roskosmos, the parent organization – the Federal State Unitary Enterprise “TsENKI.” The first launch from the Baikonur EAST planned in the spring of 2016.

 

ROSCOSMOS to thank all our partners and customers for their interest in space activities in Russia and Happy New Year and Merry Christmas! Joy and good luck, happiness and health to you and your loved ones!

http://www.parabolicarc.com/2016/01/10/roscosmos-2015/#more-57220

 

Hopefully, Roscosmos will have a good year.

 

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China plans 20 launches in 2016

 

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China will conduct more than 20 space missions this year, including a manned one and the maiden flights of two rockets, according to the nation's major space contractor.

 

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp said it plans to launch the Tiangong 2 space laboratory and the Shenzhou XI manned spacecraft and to test-fly the Long March 5 and Long March 7 rockets.

 

China will also launch two satellites for the domestically developed Beidou Navigation Satellite System and the Gaofen 3 for the Gaofen High-Resolution Earth Observation System.

 

The company said in a statement on its website, "This year will see more than 20 space launches, the most missions in a single year."

It added that the company will also launch a communications satellite for Belarus, marking the first time China has exported a communications satellite to Europe.

 

China is scheduled to launch the Tiangong 2 space laboratory in the first half of the year to test life support and space rendezvous technologies for the country's future space station.

 

After this, the Shenzhou XI spacecraft will be launched by a Long March 2F rocket to send astronauts to and dock with the space laboratory.

 

The nation plans to launch the core module of its space station in 2018 to test related technologies and to research engineering issues. The station will become fully operational in about 2022, according to government sources.

 

With these ambitious space projects proceeding well, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp is finalizing the development of the next-generation carrier rockets.

 

The company's China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology is carrying out final tests on the Long March 5, the heaviest and most technologically challenging member of the nation's rocket family.

 

To accommodate the frequent space missions, the academy has increased its annual manufacturing capacity from a maximum of eight rockets to up to 20 and has substantially reduced the time required to develop each new rocket.

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/China_plans_20_launches_in_2016_999.html

 

Here, I am wishing the best of luck for those in the countryside...every 3 weeks, it's national hardhat day....:)

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Russia postpones year's first launch of Proton rocket with European satellite 

 

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MOSCOW, January 11. /TASS/.This year's first launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome (Kazakhstan) of Russia’s Proton-M carrier rocket that should place into orbit the Eutelsat 9B satellite, has been postponed for three days, a source in the rocket and space industry told TASS on Monday.

 

"The preliminary launch date is January 28," the source said. The previous launch date, he said, was January 25. The source said that the launch was postponed because the staff of the Khrunichev Centre (manufacturer of Proton-M and Breeze-m upper stage) need more time to prepare the rocket and upper stage for launch.

 

The launch of the European spacecraft will be carried out by International Launch Services (ILS). The ILS joint venture was created in 1995 by Russia’s Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Centre and the American corporation Lockheed Martin. Ten years after that Lockheed Martin withdrew from the partnership, selling the majority stake to a German businessman. In May 2008 the Khrunichev Centre bought the stake and ILS is its subsidiary ever since. The company, based in a suburb of Washington, D.C. - Reston (Virginia), over the past 20 years has carried out more than 80 commercial launches of the Proton carrier rockets from the Baikonur Cosmodrome Russia leases from Kazakhstan.

 

ILS Proton Launch Services utilizes the Proton Breeze-M launch vehicle to launch and orbit commercial spacecraft. The Proton-M/ Breeze-M launcher is the latest evolution of the Proton launch vehicle that dates back to the initial launch in May 1965. The first Proton-M/ Breeze-M rocket was flown for a Russian federal mission in April 2001, and the first commercial Proton-M/ Breeze-M vehicle was flown in December 2002 with the NIMIQ 2 satellite for Telesat.

 

Proton launch vehicles are designed and built by Khrunichev within its facility near Moscow. The Khrunichev facility is home to all engineering, assembly and test functions of the Proton launcher. With the recent consolidation of Russian space enterprises, Khrunichev has direct oversight and control of up to 70% of all Proton rocket manufacturing, including all engine systems.

 

This consolidation directly supports Khrunichev’s ongoing efforts for vertical integration of Proton rocket production and management. International Launch Services provides commercial launch services for global satellite operators, and offers a range of services and support, from contract signing through mission management and on-orbit delivery. It also provides sales and marketing, mission and quality management, launch operations, legal, licensing and support, integration mission design, Proton manufacturing, and technical translation services.

http://tass.ru/en/science/848714

 

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