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Astra launch

Astra’s smallsat launcher achieves milestone in second launch

Astra, a space start-up company based in California, emerged as the latest rocket builder to reach space.On December 15, in their second attempt, they successfully launched Rocket 3.2 vehicle from Kodiak, Alaska after the failure of Rocket 3.1 on September 11 due to a problem in the guidance system. The test flight, with the objective …

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SN-8 flight

SpaceX’s Starship SN8 successful 12.5 km flight test

The vehicle SN8, the most updated Starship prototype, was initially scheduled for launch on December 8 after successfully accomplishing the fourth static test on November 25. The launch was called-off two seconds before the lift-off as SN8 noticed abnormalities with one or more of its three raptor engines. On December 9, the second attempt was …

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Path of 40 thousands stars over the next 400 thousands years

GAIA space observatory’s new map of the Milky Way tracks billions of stars

The Milky Way will have a more detailed map, thanks to all the informations that GAIA gathered in its six years of activity. ESA’s GAIA space observatory was launched in 2013 and began its job in July 2014. Orbiting at 1.5 kilometers away from Earth, the 1$ billion spacecraft is capable to observe 100 thousands …

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Sentinel-6

SpaceX Sentinel-6 mission begins to map sea levels

SpaceX’s latest endeavour of mapping the rise in sea level took off at the end of last month. The Falcon-9 rocket carrying the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite, launched at 9:17 a.m. PST (12:17 p.m. EST) on Nov. 21, 2020, from Space Launch Complex-4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California. SpaceX’s latest endeavour of …

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Rocket Lab partially recovered Electron for the first time

Rocket Lab successfully recovered the first stage of its space vector, Electron, during the mission “Return to Sender”.The rocket lifted off last Friday morning (3 a.m. CET) from New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula base and managed to deploy 30 satellites in a circular orbit about 500 km above Earth. After pushing the second stage out of …

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Stratolaunch starts manufacturing Talon, a hypersonic plane for Mach 6 flights

Stratolaunch LLC is an American aerospace company, which started almost a decade ago in 2011, providing high-speed flight test services. Stratolaunch has started construction on a prototype hypersonic vehicle designed to launch from the world’s biggest airplane. Stratolaunch’s Talon-A will be 28 feet (8.5 meters) long with a mass of 6,000 lbs. (2,700 kilograms) and …

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Arianespace’s Vega failed for the second time in eight years

Vega is a 30 m-high, four-stage launch vehicle operating out of Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. It is designed to lift between 300 kg and 1.5 tonnes of payload depending on the orbit and altitude. Two and a half months after Vega’s successful return to flight, the Vega launch vehicle lifted off as scheduled on …

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SpaceX’s Crew-1 carried other humans to the International Space Station

After the successful launch of Demo 2 in May, SpaceX managed to fly a new manned spacecraft for the second time. The Crew Dragon capsule, named Resilience, was brought outside the atmosphere by a Falcon 9 rocket on Monday 16th at almost 1 a.m. (CET).  After a nominal stage separation, the spacecraft continued its voyage …

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