On February 14, 2017 at 21:39 UTC the “Ariane-5” rocket-carrier was launched from Kourou Cosmodrome in French Guiana. The rocket orbited the “SKY Brasil-1” and “Telkom-3S” satellites This was the first Ariane 5 launch of the year, following on for seven successful launches of the rocket during 2016. SKY Brasil-1(also known as SKYB-1) will be the 10th satellite launched by Arianespace for the operator AT&T/DIRECTV. SKYB-1 is a high-definition television (HDTV) broadcast satellite. The satellite was built by Airbus Defence and Space in Toulouse, France. Telkom 3S will be the third satellite entrusted to Arianespace by Telkom Indonesia within the scope of a turnkey contract with Thales Alenia Space. Telkom Indonesia is an Indonesian state-owned company that supplies telecommunications, information, media and entertainment services (TIMES) to millions of customers thro
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On February 5, 2017, the Japanese HTV "Kounotori-6” unmanned supply spacecraft was deorbited. A series of deorbit maneuvers were performed at 08:42, 10:12, and 14:42 UTC. The spacecraft reentered Earth's atmosphere at 15:06 UTC. Non-burnt fragments of the spacecraft sank in the Pacific.
On January 31, 2017 at 14:25 UTC the “Progress MS-03” unmanned supply spacecraft was undocked from the International Space Station. At the same day, the spacecraft was deorbited. Non-burnt fragments of the spacecraft drowned in the remote area of the Pacific at 18:24 UTC.
On January 28, 2017 at 01:34 UTC (on January 27, 2017 at 22:03 local time) the Russian "Soyuz-ST-B” rocket-carrier was launched from Kourou launch site (the Guiana Space Centre) in French Guiana. The rocket equipped with the "Fregat-MT” booster orbited the “Hispasat 36W-1” telecommunication satellite. It is a Spanish-owned communications satellite built in Germany to test new commercial telecom technologies and provide video, voice and data relay services.
On January 27, 2017, the Japanese "HTV Kounotori-6” unmanned supply spacecraft departed the International Space Station. First HTV-6 was disengaged with the space station's robotic arm from a docking port on the Harmony module. At 15:46 UTC the spacecraft was released by French astronaut Thomas Pesquet. The HTV’s mission is not over after its departure from the space station. The "HTV Kounotori-6” spacecraft will stay in orbit until February 5, 2017 conducting an experiment that could lay the foundation for a mechanism to remove space junk from orbit.
On January 24, 2017 at 07:44 UTC the Japanese H-2A rocket was launched from Tanegashima Cosmodrome situated at the island located 115 km south of Kyushu. Kyushu is the third largest island of Japan and most southwesterly of its four main islands. The rocket orbited the DSN 2, also known as “Kirameki-2”, military communications satellite. It is Japan's first dedicated military communication satellite and is designed for at least fifteen years of service.
On January 21, 2017 at 00:42 UTC the "Atlas-5” rocket-carrier was launched from Cape Canaveral launch site of US Air Force. The launch was performed by United Launch Alliance supported by the 45th Space Wing of US Air Force. The rocket orbited the “SBIRS GEO Flight 3” (Space Base Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit) reconnaissance satellite. The first two SBIRS GEO satellites — launched in 2011 and 2013 — currently cover the eastern Atlantic and Europe, Africa, the Middle East, all of Asia and Australia, and the western Pacific. They are the newest part of a global constellation that employs three types of satellites in two diverse orbits to cover the entire planet with persistent monitoring to detect and track adversarial missile launches.
American astronaut Eugene Andrew «Gene» Cernan, a Navy pilot and veteran of NASA’s pioneering Gemini program who was the second American to walk in space and then flew to the moon twice as an Apollo astronaut, becoming the last Apollo moonwalker, passed away after a long illness on January 16, 2017. He was 82.
On January 16, 2017 six micro satellites were launched from the board of the International Space Station. The ITF-2, Freedom and Waseda-Sat3 satellites were launched at 09:11 UTC. The EGG (re-Entry satellite with Gossamer aeroshell and GPS/Iridium) satellite was launched at 09:20 UTC. The “AOBA-Velox III” satellite was launched at 10:40 UTC. The “TuPOD” satellite was launched at 10:50 UTC. The satellites were transported to the space station by the Japanese "Kounotori-6” unmanned supply spacecraft in December 2016.
On January 14, 2017 at 17:54 UTC the "Falcon-9” rocket-carrier was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, USA. The launch was performed by SpaceX company. The rocket orbited 10 “Iridium NEXT” satellites. SpaceX’s “Falcon-9” rocket resumed service after an explosive setback last year (September 1).