Arianespace has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to launch the Characterising Exoplanet Satellite (CHEOPS), which is its upcoming exoplanet mission as part of ESA’s science program. Arianespace will launch the satellite from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, between late 2018 and early 2019 using a Soyuz […]
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The Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) has had a high profile year, with one significant failure and another record-breaking launch. Now, the agency is pivoting to launch smallsat constellations with a new, smaller launch vehicle that would weigh just 100 tons. Read more at The Economic Times.
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SpaceX successfully completed its 13th cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) this afternoon. The launch marked the first time SpaceX used previously flown hardware — a Falcon 9 and Dragon capsule — to send cargo up to the ISS, signifying NASA’s confidence in the viability and reliability of its reusable launch vehicles. Notably, […]
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Orbital ATK announced that its Cygnus spacecraft, following a successful stay as a part of the International Space Station (ISS), is now set to deploy a record number of CubeSats in orbit before reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere. The mission, dubbed OA-8, marks the fourth time that Cygnus has been used for NanoRacks CubeSat deployments […]