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2008-08-07 12:01:14

Text of report in English by Thai newspaper Bangkok Post website on 7 August [Report by Apinya Wipatayotin: "Thai satellite launch held up by Kazakhstan - Drop zone permission suddenly withdrawn"] The launch of Thailand's first natural resources survey satellite, THEOS, aboard a Russian rocket has again been postponed after Kazakhstan suddenly withdrew permission for the first-stage booster to fall within its borders. It was the second such setback for the project. The first planned...

2008-08-06 03:00:37

By Elva K. Osterreich, Alamogordo Daily News, N.M. Aug. 6--After offering a lot of information during two hearings Tuesday, Federal Aviation Administration officials had a single public comment offered about Spaceport America. Stacey Zee, FAA environmental specialist, talked about what the FAA's role in the spaceport project is. The agency is completing an environmental impact study, the final stage of which is to gather public comment. Once the EIS is completed, the FAA can move into...

2008-07-14 21:00:09

FARNBOROUGH (UK). July 14 (Interfax-AVN) - The Federal Space Agency has received preliminary orders for about 20 Soyuz rocket launches from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana and the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan, agency deputy head Vitaly Davydov told Interfax-AVN at the Farnborough Air Show on Monday. "We are in active negotiations with the clients. We hope to agree on up to 20 Soyuz launches in the near future," he said. The agency and the Samara CSKB-Progress are preparing to...

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...

2008-07-02 18:00:00

By STEPHEN WHITE BRITAIN'S biggest passenger space rocket is set for its first flight - fuelled by old car tyres. Nova 2 is designed to carry three passengers more than 60 miles above the Earth for 20-minute trips. And to make it more environmentally friendly it will use rocket fuel partly made from recycled tyres. Scientist Steve Bennett, 43, unveiled the rocket at Salford University where he is head of the space technology lab. Steve, who admits he was inspired by children's...

2008-06-30 09:03:14

Russia launches rocket with military satellite MOSCOW, June 27 (Xinhua) -- A Proton-K rocket carrying a Kosmos military satellite was launched from the cosmodrome of Baikonur on Friday, the Itar-Tass news agency reported. The heavy carrier took off at 03:59 Moscow time (23:59 GMT). Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov watched the launch. The launch was successful, both the information service of the space troops and the Titov spacecraft test and control center said. The...

2008-06-28 12:01:00

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) JIUQUAN, Northwest China, June 28 (Xinhua) - Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng, the crew of Shenzhou spacecraft 6, carried the Olympic flame Saturday in the torch relay at the "Dongfeng Space City" in northwest China's Gansu province. A total of 22 bearers took part in the relay in the satellite launch base as most of which were top experts in China's spaceflight programme. Fei, 43, and Nie, 44, had been...

2008-04-28 16:41:38

PARIS -- Israel's Amos-3 telecommunications satellite was placed successfully into geostationary orbit on Monday aboard the inaugural flight of the Russian-Ukrainian Land Launch system, setting the stage for what satellite-fleet operators hope will be a lively competition between Land Launch -- affiliated with Sea Launch Co. of Long Beach, Calif. -- and Russian Soyuz rockets launched from Europe's equatorial spaceport. Amos-3's owner, Spacecom of Tel Aviv, confirmed that the...

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2008-03-17 00:00:00

European aerospace giant EADS says it will require a production line of rocket planes to meet demand for the space tourism market. The company's Astrium division, which makes the Ariene rocket, has plans to make commercial vehicles for consumer flights to altitudes of over 100km (62 miles).Astrium does not plan to run a space tourism operation itself, but would supply vehicles to those who will.  The company anticipates it be would produce about 10 planes a year that would seat five...

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2008-03-05 13:10:53

Young Norwegian Therese Miljeteig won ESA's Automated Transfer Vehicle competition in July 2007. Her music playlist will be launched to the astronauts onboard the International Space Station with Jules Verne ATV. The Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) is Europe's new supply vessel for the International Space Station (ISS). The very first ATV, Jules Verne, is scheduled to launch from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, early in the morning of Sunday 9 March 2008. Jules Verne will bring...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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