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Ariane 5 rocket diagram

October 16, 2014

Europe’s Ariane 5 launcher is going for its 76th flight with the Intelsat 30/DLA-1 and Arsat 1 communications satellites.

Spacewalk achieves all major objectives

October 15, 2014

Astronauts Reid Wiseman and Barry “Butch” Wilmore floated outside the International Space Station and, after a bit of trouble with a balky bolt, replaced a broken voltage regulator in one of eight solar power channels to restore the lab’s electrical grid to normal operation.

Indian navigation satellite ready for launch

October 14, 2014

The third satellite for India’s regional navigation network is set for liftoff to join a growing fleet of spacecraft providing independent tracking and positioning services over India and its neighbors.

GPS modernization continues with quick pace of launches

October 13, 2014

A new satellite launched Aug. 1 has joined the U.S. Air Force’s GPS navigation network to help guide everything from bombs to road trippers to their destinations, with final preparations on track to send up another GPS spacecraft at the end of October.

Winds sensor opens door for Earth science from ISS

October 12, 2014

A $26 million science instrument carried to the International Space Station by SpaceX’s Dragon cargo capsule has been switched on and is measuring winds over the world’s oceans to help forecasters track the intensity of tropical cyclones, NASA officials said.

Galileo launch failure blamed on frozen Fregat fuel line

October 8, 2014

A design flaw in a Russian Fregat upper stage was responsible for the botched orbital injection of two European Galileo navigation satellites in August, causing hydrazine fuel to freeze inside the rocket’s maneuvering system and rendering it unable to point in the right direction during a critical engine burn.

H-2A rocket launch in photos

October 8, 2014

A Japanese weather satellite launched Tuesday aboard an H-2A rocket, beginning a mission to monitor tropical cyclones and storm systems over East Asia and the Western Pacific. The H-2A rocket lifted off at 0516 GMT (1:16 a.m. EDT) from the Tanegashima Space Center in southwestern Japan. The launch occurred at 2:16 p.m. local time. The photos below were released by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the manufacturer and commercial operator of the H-2A rocket. Some of the images are video stills from cameras mounted on-board the H-2A rocket, showing separation of the launcher’s twin solid rocket boosters, payload fairing, and first stage, then deployment of the Himawari 8 satellite in orbit.

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