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Early on the morning of August 22, an Ariane 5 ECA launcher lifted off from Europeâ€™s Spaceport in French Guiana on its mission to place two telecommunications satellites, JCSat-12 and Optus D3, into geostationary transfer orbits.
Tourism experts say Hawaii could be the first state where space travelers use rocket planes to get from one place to another.
Construction of Spaceport America, the worldâ€™s first purpose-built spaceport designed specifically for space-bound commercial and fee-paying passengers, commenced Friday in New Mexico.
Activity is continuing at the Guiana Space Centre (Centre Spatial Guyanais â€“ CSG), Europeâ€™s Spaceport in French Guiana, as the Soyuz launch site takes shape.
The European Space Agency (ESA) announced on Monday that initial launches for the Russian-made Soyuz rocket and a new light rocket called Vega will be delayed until 2010.
Construction has been completed on the first Russian Soyuz rockets scheduled to launch from South America, Russian Soyuz maker reported Thursday.
The European Space Agency says the Ariane 5 rocket that will carry the Herschel and Planck satellites into space has been declared ready for launch. The Arianespace declaration followed a Saturday launch readiness review and a final close-out review conducted Tuesday. Liftoff is scheduled for 9:12 a.m.
The U.S. space agency says it plans to launch a small satellite about the size of a loaf of bread to study how effectively drugs work in space. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration nanosatellite, known as PharmaSat, is a secondary payload aboard a U.S.
Tests conducted on Planck at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, have confirmed that the satellite's subsystems work perfectly, and the helium dilution cooler tanks have now been filled.
The European Space Agency says it has postponed the Herschel and Planck spacecraft launch that was initially planned for April 16. The ESA said the Herschel and Planck missions will study the formation of stars and galaxies and the relic radiation from the Big Bang.
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