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Roscosmos Launches New Version Of Soyuz Rocket
2013-12-29 07:58:53

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online After numerous delays earlier in the week, Russia successfully launched the Soyuz-2.1v, an upgraded version of its venerable series of spacecraft, at 16:30 Moscow time (12:30 GMT) on Saturday. According to RIA Novosti, the rocket lifted off from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia. The launch had originally been scheduled for Monday, but was delayed repeatedly due to concerns over a possible engine malfunction....

ESA Gaia Mission Lifts Off For Five-Year Galaxy Mapping Mission
2013-12-19 07:28:32

[ Watch the Video: Gaia Milky Way Mission Lifts Off ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The long-anticipated mission of ESA’s Milky Way mapper has finally launched. Set to image the galaxy with its billion-pixel camera, Gaia lifted off on Dec 19 at 09:12 GMT (4:12am EST) from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, carried into space on a Russian Soyuz rocket operated by Arianespace. Gaia was developed with the goal of creating the most accurate map of...

Record Number Of Satellites Launching On Minotaur Rocket Tonight
2013-11-19 18:55:58

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Orbital Sciences announced on Tuesday that it is in the final preparations for the launch of a mission that will place a record number of satellites into orbit. The company’s Minotaur I rocket will be launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia tonight. The rocket will be taking up the Department of Defense Operationally Responsive Space Office’s ORS-3 mission, or the...

United Launch Alliance Rocket Puts US Spy Satellite Into Orbit
2013-08-29 07:46:43

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A top secret payload was launched from a Delta IV Heavy rocket on Wednesday morning. The rocket lifted off at 11:03 am PDT from the Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California, carrying a US spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Officials at United Launch Alliance said the rocket launch was successful, despite a ten minute delay due to minor issues. “We are truly honored to deliver this critical asset...

Gaia Arrived In French Guiana Today
2013-08-23 07:44:51

ESA ESA’s billion-star surveyor, Gaia, departed yesterday evening from Toulouse and arrived early this morning in French Guiana. Gaia will be launched later this year from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou on a five-year mission to map the stars of the Milky Way with unprecedented precision. Built by Astrium in Toulouse, the Gaia spacecraft took off on board an Antonov 124 heavy-lift aircraft at 20.00 yesterday from Toulouse airport with the destination of Cayenne, the capital of French...

Russia Launches Investigation Into Proton-M Rocket Failure
2013-07-05 07:48:34

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Russia has suspended all launches of Proton rockets following the July 2 launch failure of a Proton M rocket carrying navigational satellites into space. The country is also launching a criminal investigation into the disaster, sparking renewed doubts about the capabilities of the Russian space industry. On Tuesday, July 2, an unmanned Proton M rocket was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan carrying three GLONASS...

Another Setback For Russian Space Industry As Rocket Fails Moments After Lift Off
2013-07-02 12:11:39

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, is facing another setback after it failed to launch a Proton-M rocket into space. Seconds after the rocket lifted off from the launch pad it started to veer off its trajectory, falling apart in mid-air and erupting into a ball of flames. The Proton-M rocket was supposed to be taking three Russian Glonass-M navigation satellites into space. "There was an accident during the Proton-M launch. The...

Spaceport America Gets A New Tenant
2013-05-08 04:24:18

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez announced on Tuesday that SpaceX has signed a three-year agreement to use Spaceport America for flight testing. According to a Spaceport America statement, SpaceX will be leasing land and facilities at the New Mexico site to conduct the next phase of flight testing for its reusable rocket program. “I am thrilled that SpaceX has chosen to make New Mexico its home, bringing their revolutionary...

Orbital, NASA Looking For A Launch Window For Antares Rocket
2013-04-21 09:25:24

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Orbital Sciences´ new Antares medium-class space launch vehicle is set for a launch today at 5:00 pm EDT, according to a company statement. The rocket, which was originally scheduled for lift-off on Wednesday April 17, is being launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA´s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia, from Launch Pad 0A. Dubbed the A-ONE mission, the Antares rocket launch was...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.