Marks a Record of 8 Commercial Missions in 2010 for ILS

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan, December 27, 2010 – International Launch Services (ILS), a world leader in providing launch services to the commercial space industry, successfully carried the KA-SAT satellite to orbit for Eutelsat Communications of France on an ILS Proton. The ILS Proton […]

Hardware defect suspected in GSLV failure

Fakir Balaji IANS First Published : 26 Dec 2010 10:45:50 PM IST Last Updated : 26 Dec 2010 11:11:03 PM IST

BANGALORE: Initial analysis of the data from Saturday’s aborted launch of an Indian rocket indicated a hardware defect might have forced the destruction of the geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV-F06), a senior space agency […]

GSLV fails, erupts into ball of flame

India’s ambitions of entering the market for heavy satellite launches suffered a setback when GSLV-F06, the rocket carrying a 2,130 kg communication satellite, exploded 63 seconds after taking off from Sriharikota, off the Andhra Pradesh coast, at 4.04pm on Saturday.

Indian Space Research Organisation chairman K Radhakrishnan said preliminary findings indicated that ground control at […]

Rocket Manufacturer Blamed for GLONASS Launch Failure Due to Excess Fuel

The recent loss of three GLONASS-M satellites in space resulted from a series of mistakes made by the Russian Energia rocket corporation, the head of the Russian state commission probing the incident said today (December 17), according to the state news agency RIA-Novosti.

“The preliminary results of the investigation commission indicate that Energia miscalculated how […]

Proton To Return to Flight in December

Surplus fuel believed cause for Russia’s Glonass satellite loss

The December 5 launch of the Proton-M © RIA Novosti. Oleg Urusov

The main cause of the loss of Russia’s three Glonass-M satellites was due to human error from fueling the booster rocket with an excess of 1.5-2 tons of fuel, the head of the Russian […]

Mason jars, comets and a maturing city: Local author chronicles history of Ball Corp. and its forays into space

By Clay Evans For the Camera Posted: 12/11/2010 01:00:00 AM MST

If you’d have told space buffs back in 1969 that humankind in 2010 would largely have withdrawn from “manned” space travel, there isn’t likely to be a base on the moon (never mind Mars) in the next 50 years (if ever) and not even […]