Tag Archives: orbit

China Launches ‘ChinaSat 2C’ for Military, General Use

After the unsuccessful Sinosat-2 launch failure in July 2013, China successfully launched its new communication satellite called ‘Chinasat-2C’ on Wednesday via the Long March-3B carrier rocket. Western observers believe that the satellite was mainly for military communications as the payload remained secretive. The Chinasat-2C will be used for radio, television and broadband services. It will be used for radio, television ...

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ISRO Conducts Orbit Raising Feat for GSAT-6

Indian space agency ISRO on Friday conducted the first orbit raising feat on its successfully launched communication satellite GSAT-6, a day after its launch on Thursday. “The first orbit raising operation of GSAT-6 was successfully completed by firing the Apogee Motor for 3,385 seconds at 8.35 hrs (local time) on August 28,” said the Indian Space Research Organization. The current ...

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All Set for Countdown to Launch of IRNSS-1D on Saturday, March 28 (PHOTOS)

ISRO said the launch of India’s fourth Navigation Satellite IRNSS-1D onboard PSLV-C27 that was postponed from March 9 will be lifted off at 17:19 hrs IST in the evening on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System 1D (IRNSS-1D) is the fourth navigation satellite of the 7 satellites ...

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NASA’s Dawn spacecraft captures photo of Ceres dwarf planet

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has been moving closer to Ceres, the dwarf planet in the main asteroid belt which lies between Mars and Jupiter and is scheduled to enter its orbit on March 6. The mission has already sent stunning images of the planet, said NASA’s JPL. Ceres dwarf planet has an average diameter of 950 km and is thought to ...

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NASA Scientists Spot Accurate Position of Saturn

NASA researchers have determined the exact location of Saturn and its family of moons to within four km – a feat that will improve astronomers’ knowledge of Saturn’s orbit and benefits spacecraft navigation and basic physics research. The team of researchers paired NASA’s Cassini spacecraft with the National Science Foundation’s Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) radio-telescope system to achieve this. ...

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Giant Asteroid Heading for Earth Not a Threat, Says NASA

The claim by Russian scientists that a massive asteroid attack would threaten the earth in the near future is not really a threat to Earth, said NASA in a statement. As per the recent news reports, a Russian researcher discovered a 400-metre space rock named Asteroid 2014 UR116 coming towards the Earth. However, as per reports from IANS, space.com reported ...

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Ariane 5 Successfully Lofts ISRO GSAT-16, DIRECTV-14 Satellites into Orbit

India’s advanced communications satellite GSAT-16 was carried into orbit by an European Ariane 5 rocket, that blasted off from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana on Saturday at 20:40 GMT, alongwith the other passenger DIRECTV-14 of the US. This is also a landmark for Arianespace for achieving a record combined payload mass orbited from French Guiana in a single year: ...

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European Satellite Used Laser Beam to Send Image to Earth

An image taken by a satellite has been sent to Earth using a new technology, laser beam, for the first time, which paved the way for instant streaming of satellite images to Earth. The image of Berlin taken by the Sentinel-1A satellite, was beamed to another satellite called Alphasat almost 36,000 km away and then beamed back to earth over ...

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NASA’s Orion on Track, Set for First Blast Off on December 4

Designed to carry astronauts to deep space destinations like Mars, NASA’s Orion spacecraft is all set to launch on its first mission, for its first test flight, on December 4. Orion is the crew exploration vehicle being developed by NASA for deep space missions beyond Earth orbit. To be launched atop a Delta IV heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air ...

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India Changes Mars Orbiter Track to Avoid Comet Siding Spring

Indian space agency ISRO has repositioned its Mars Orbiter (MOM) to avoid collision with the fast approaching Comet Siding Spring that is likely to fly by the red planet, said a senior official on Thursday. "We have repositioned the Mars Orbiter, as the Comet Siding Spring is expected to be close to the Mars on Oct 19," A.S.Kiran Kumar, director, ...

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NASA’s Messenger Spacecraft reveals flood volcanism similar to Earth on Mercury

NASA’s Messenger spacecraft, which has orbited Mercury,  sent some new photos and information about the planet Mercury. The data shows widespread flood volcanism similar to Earth, clearer views of Mercury’s surface, the first measurements of its elemental composition, and details about charged particles near the planet. MESSENGER, or the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging spacecraft, conducted 15 laps ...

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