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2010-03-25 13:58:54

The task of having to babysit CryoSat has now officially ended with the arrival of the launch campaign team back in Baikonur. Throughout the month-long babysitting period, CryoSat-2 remained encapsulated within the Dnepr space head module in the cleanroom. The two-man team checked the satellite every day, usually at the same time the facility was being cleaned. This daily inspection included checking the satellite's batteries and temperature, as well as the temperature of the facility. With...

2009-07-30 15:04:08

Two satellites were sent into space to improve the world's only space-based disaster monitoring system, the British company that makes the satellites said. Both satellites were expected to enhance the monitoring program, which provides Earth observation imagery for a variety of commercial and environmental applications in addition to disasters, Surrey Satellite Technology Limited said in a news release Thursday. These latest two satellites will advance the capability of the DMC ... to provide...

2008-09-23 21:00:25

MINSK. Sept 23 (Interfax) - Belarus plans to launch a satellite in 2009, Mikhail Myasnikovich, the chairman of the National Academy of Sciences Presidium, told the presidium on Tuesday. "A Belarusian satellite to be launch in 2009 will provide repeated and full filming of the Belarusian territory, not irregular and low-quality coverage which Belarus has today," he said "While working on the new satellite Belarus wanted to create an original and better version," Myasnikovich said....

2008-09-02 09:00:31

Russian rocket sends five German satellites into orbit MOSCOW, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- Russia on Friday launched a Dnepr rocket to put five German satellites into orbit, news agencies reported. The carrier was launched at 11:15 Moscow time (0715 GMT) from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, said Alexander Vovk, head of the press service of the Russian Strategic Missile Troops. The launch vehicle Dnepr, based on the world's most powerful intercontinental ballistic rocket RS-20, is...

2008-08-29 21:00:23

MOSCOW. Aug 29 (Interfax-AVN) - Five German RapidEye land remote sensing satellites taken to space with the Dnepr launch vehicle converted from the RS-20 ICBM (SS-18 Satan) have been placed under the customer's control. "The German RapidEye AG has assumed control over the satellites," Interfax-AVN was told at the Ukrainian-Russian-Kazakh Kosmotras consortium that made the launch from Baikonur on Friday in line with a contract with Britain's Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. to replenish the...

2008-08-29 21:00:23

MOSCOW. Aug 29 (Interfax-AVN) - Five German RapidEye satellites have separated from the Dnepr (intercontinental ballistic missile RS- 20) launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday. "The satellites have been put into orbit. They will be transferred into the client company's management in the nearest future," the international consortium Kosmotrans told Interfax. The launch occurred at 11:15 a.m. Moscow time. The missile was launched by the Ukrainian-Russian-Kazakh...

2008-08-29 12:15:00

Russia has launched a cluster of Earth-sensing satellites as a commercial venture to provide companies with up-to-date information on the planet's surface. Russia's federal space agency said a converted Dnepr rocket carried the small satellites during the launch at the Russian space center in Kazakistan, RIA Novosti reported. The satellites were launched by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. of Britain and will be operated under contract by RapidEye AG, a German company. The satellites...

2008-08-27 00:00:35

MOSCOW. Aug 26 (Interfax-AVN) - The conversion launch vehicle Dnepr with five RapidEye earth probing satellites is to take off from the Baikonur launch pad, Kazakhstan, on Friday. "The launch has been set for 11:15 a.m., Moscow time," Kosmotras International Consortium told Interfax-AVN on Tuesday. The satellites will be launched under a contract with Britain's Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) to increase a commercial earth observation satellite constellation, to be operated by...

2008-08-22 17:11:34

In another frustrating foul-up on the path towards converting Soviet-era military missiles into cash-paying satellite launchers, a military-industrial team in Moscow has announced the 'indefinite suspension' of plans to launch an earth resources survey satellite for Thailand. The reasons: at the last moment, for the second time, overflight permission has been revoked by a country downrange of the launch site. First Uzbekistan, and now Kazakhstan, denied permission for dropping...

2008-07-10 21:00:07

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan. July 10 (Interfax-AVN) - An intercontinental ballistic missile was shipped from a Russian Strategic Missile Forces arsenal to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan early on Thursday in order to be converted into a rocket that will launch satellites for Germany, a cosmodrome source said. The space launch vehicle of the Dnepr class into which the RS-20 missile will be converted will put in orbit five remote sensing satellites for Germany's RapidEye space mission during a...