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The 2nd spacewalk in 2017.

On January 13, 2017, American astronauts Robert Kimbrough and French astronaut Thomas Pesquet performed the spacewalk to complete complex battery replacement work on the right side of the International Space Station’s solar power truss with enough time left over to carry out a variety of lower-priority “get-ahead” tasks. The EVA lasted 5 hours and 58 minutes. It was the 4th EVA for Kimbrough and the first for Pesquet.

Category: Manned Space Flights. | Looking through: 73 | Date: 22.01.2017 | Rating: 0.0/0

The first commercial mission of Kuaizhou rocket.

On January 9, 2017, at 04:11 UTC the “Kuaizhou-1A №Y1” rocket-carrier was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, Gansu Province, the northwest of China. Kuaizhou means “speedy vessel” in Chinese. The rocket orbited three small satellites to collect high-definition video and test communications technologies.

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US astronauts performed spacewalk.

On January 6, 2017, American astronauts Robert Kimbrough and Peggy Whitson performed the spacewalk to install three adapter plates in the electronics assembly and to connect them to the new Li-ion batteries. They also removed two more NiH2 batteries and mounted them on two of the adapter plates where they will remain in long-term storage. The spacewalkers completed their tasks an hour or so ahead of schedule, so flight controllers asked them to carry out three “get-ahead” tasks. The EVA lasted 6 hours and 32 minutes. It was the third EVA for Kimbrough and the seventh for Whitson.

Category: Manned Space Flights. | Looking through: 69 | Date: 21.01.2017 | Rating: 0.0/0

The first space launch of the year.

On January 5, 2017 at 15:18 UTC the Chang Zheng-3B/G2 (Long March-3B/G2) rocket-carrier was launched from Xichang Cosmodrome, Sichuan province, southwestern China. The rocket orbited the “TJSW-2” (Tongxin Jishu Shiyan Weixing) telecommunication technology test satellite. The satellite was manufactured by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology. This launch was the first space launch of the year worldwide.

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Soviet cosmonaut Igor Volk passed away.

On January 3, 2017, Igor Petrovich Volk, Hero of the Soviet Union, pilot-cosmonaut of the USSR, test-pilot, passed away at the age of 79. He logged over 7000 flight hours in over 80 different aircraft types. Over the years, he flew on all types of Soviet fighters, bombers, and transport aircraft. He showed outstanding abilities in complex tests of various airplanes at critical angles of attack, stall, and spin. He was the first who tested aircraft behavior at high super-critical angles of attack (around 90°) and performed aerobatics such as the "cobra" maneuver. He served as the head of cosmonaut training for the Soviet Space Shuttle “Buran” program.

Looking through: 75 | Date: 17.01.2017 | Rating: 0.0/0

Review of 2016 Space Year.

85 rocket-carries were launched in 2016. 83 launches were successful. There were 2 fail launches in 2016.

USA performed 22 launches.

China performed 22 launches. One of them was a fail launch.

Russia performed 17 launches. One of them was a fail launch.

Arianespace performed 11 launches (including 2 Russian rockets)

India performed 7 launches.

Japan performed 4 launches.

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Looking through: 64 | Date: 16.01.2017 | Rating: 0.0/0

China launched Earth observation satellites.

On December 28, 2016 at 03:23 UTC the “Long March – 2D” (“Changzheng-2D”) rocket-carrier was launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi Province. The rocket orbited two “Gaojing-1” Earth observation satellites. The satellites are designed to collect optical black-and-white imagery with a resolution of less than 50 centimeters, making them the highest-resolution civilian Earth-observing satellites launched by China. But the two-stage launcher did not put the “Gaojing-1” satellites into the expected orbit, raising concerns among outside observers that the “Long March-2D” rocket ran into problems. The rocket also carried a small amateur radio satellites made by Beijing high school students.

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American astronaut Piers Sellers passed away.

American astronaut Piers John Sellers, veteran of three space shuttle missions, died on December 23, 2016. He was 61.

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Ariane rocket orbited Brazilian and Japanese communications satellites.

On December 21, 2016 at 20:30 UTC the “Ariane-5ECA” rocket-carrier was launched from Kourou Cosmodrome in French Guiana. The rocket orbited the “Star One-D1” and the ”JCSat-15” telecommunications satellites. The “Star One-D1” satellite, owned by Embratel Star One of Brazil, will support video and radio broadcasters, Internet service providers and direct-to-home television programming, satellite telephone calls, and high-speed data transmissions over Brazil, Mexico and other parts of Latin America. The “JCSat-15” satellite, operated by Tokyo-based SKY Perfect JSAT Corp., will cover Japan and neighboring countries in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions and will broadcast pay television channels for SKY PerfecTV service, which counts 3.4 million subscribers in Japan, and enable data transfer and maritime and aviation connectivity. Both satellites were made by US ... Read more »

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China launched carbon-monitoring satellite.

On December 21, 2016, at 19:22 UTC (on December 22 at 03:22 Beijing time) the “Long March–2D” (“Changzheng-2D”) rocket-carrier was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, Gansu Province, the northwest of China. The rocket orbited the “TanSat” satellite. Using a near-infrared spectrometer, the TanSat satellite will track regional and global concentrations of carbon dioxide down to four parts per million, generating monthly maps of where the densest greenhouse gas levels are distributed worldwide. The satellite will cover every part of the planet at least once every 16 days during its three-year mission. The same rocket also orbited 3 microsatellites: the “Yijian” high resolution earth observing minisatellite, Spark-01 and Spark-02 hyperspectral earth observing minisatellites.

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