Eutelsat W3B Declared Total Loss; Plans Under Way To Deorbit Craft

PARIS — The Eutelsat W3B satellite launched Oct. 28 was declared a total loss following discovery of a sizable leak in its fuel reservoir and ground teams, as of late Oct. 29, were preparing a maneuver to send it into the atmosphere to be destroyed, Eutelsat and satellite builder Thales Alenia Space.

Starting Nov. 1, […]

Rus-M technical project

Update: October 25, 2010 – Moscow

Soyuz replacement vehicle program RUS-M, by Energia

Technical project

A new phase in the development of the Rus-M launch vehicle started on Oct. 22, 2010, with the Russian government’s announcement of a federal tender for the work on the so-called “Technical Project.” The Technical Project is a Russian equivalent […]

1-way trip to Mars?

The director of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, Simon (Pete) Worden, has reportedly been canvassing billionaires to help the U.S. space agency send people on a one-way trip to Mars.

“The human space program is now really aimed at settling other worlds,” Worden revealed Oct. 16 at an event called Long Conversation in […]

Hubble data used to look 10 000 years into the future

Astronomers are used to looking millions of years into the past. Now scientists have used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to look thousands of years into the future. Looking at the heart of Omega Centauri, a globular cluster in the Milky Way, they have calculated how the stars there will move over the next 10 […]

United Launch Alliance announces credit accord

United Launch Alliance has announced a syndication of a new $400 million, three-year senior unsecured revolving credit agreement.

Officials of the Centennial-based satellite-launch company said the agreement will provide more flexibility for service and capitalize on industry trends.

The transaction announced Wednesday was led by U.S. Bank joined by BNP Paribas and Wells Fargo.

The […]

Duo are veterans of Delta rocket program

United Launch Alliance employees Bill Sobczak and Stephanie Gartrell have worked on the Delta rocket program at Vandenberg Air Force Base since the 1980s. The Delta program is marking its 50th anniversary in 2010. //Mark Brown/Staff

As the Delta 2 program marks a half century of launches this year, two workers at Vandenberg Air […]

Debating space in Alabama

Last week the two major candidates for Alabama’s 5th Congressional District, Republican Mo Brooks and Democrat Steve Raby, participated in a debate hosted by the AIAA in Huntsville. The two are vying to win the seat held by Democrat-turned-Republican Parker Griffith, who lost in the Republican primary to Brooks. Not surprisingly given the district and […]

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Russia Will Test New Launcher At Baikonur

Oct 1, 2010 By Frank Morring, Jr., Michael A. Taverna, AVIATIONWEEK.COM

PRAGUE — Russia will use the leased facilities at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to test the proposed Rus M launch vehicle that is expected to replace the venerable Soyuz rocket, and although the Rus M will eventually be launched from a new facility on […]