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Russia to hold 2 new space launches in wake of Soyuz failure

Russia to hold 2 new space launches in wake of Soyuz failure

Science
Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Russia approved two new space launches for 2018 after it scrapped the launch of Soyuz-FG that forced a U.S. astronaut and Russian cosmonaut to eject from their spacecraft. The Soyuz rocket will send up a robot-controlled cargo ship to the International Space Station, or ISS, on Nov. 16 for a resupply mission. Pending the outcome of that mission, a Dec. 3 launch, manned by cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Anne McClain and the Canadian Space Agency's David Saint-Jacques will go to the ISS to relieve its current crew. according to space.com. The Oct. 11 launch failure occurred after a booster malfunctioned on the Soyuz-FG two minutes after liftoff, forcing NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin to safely discharge from the spacecraft 200 mil...
ULA launches military comms satellite on Atlas V rocket

ULA launches military comms satellite on Atlas V rocket

Science
Oct. 16 (UPI) -- United Launch Alliance launched the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite into space for the U.S. Air Force a little after midnight on Wednesday morning. AEHF-4 launched atop an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 12:15 a.m. EDT. The rocket was rolled out to the launch pad Monday afternoon, preparing the 197-foot rocket for take-off. The Atlas V 551 variant was used for the launch, ULA said, which includes a kerosene-fueled common core booster and five solid rocket motors strapped on, as well as the Centaur upper stage and five-meter-diameter payload fairing. The first three AEHF satellites were launched in 2010, 2012 and 2013, with the system being declared at initial operational capability in 2015. The AEHF system is intended ...
Japanese space agency launches hopping probes

Japanese space agency launches hopping probes

Technology
A hopping space probe which will land on the surface of a large asteroid has been launched by the Japanese Space Agency. The agency's spacecraft released two small exploration robots in a research project to find clues to the origin of the solar system.Both Minerva-II rovers were lowered from the unmanned Hayabusa2, on to the asteroid Ryugu.The rovers move around by hopping, because the gravity on the asteroid makes rolling difficult. Each hop lasts 15 minutes. Image: The probe can be seen as a shadow on the asteroid The spacecraft travelled to the asteroid, which is 170 miles (280m km) from Earth, and arrived in June.The space agency (JAXA) said it would know if the robots have landed on Saturday, when they will send...
Flipkart launches a credit line for customers

Flipkart launches a credit line for customers

Finance
BENGALURU: Just weeks before its annual festive sales, Flipkart has introduced a credit line for customers to complete their shopping on the platform. Called ‘Cardless Credit,’ it enables customers to get an instant credit line of up to Rs 60,000, based on the user’s creditworthiness. This will enable customers who do not have a formal credit access, to purchase products and thereby trigger a growth in the gross merchandise value for the ecommerce platform. “Close to 45 million customers on our platform do not have formal access to credit and a good portion of this is emerging from tier II, III towns,” said Ravi Garikipati, senior vice president and head of Fintech Flipkart. “Cardless Credit is a step in the direction to make e-commerce more inclusive and help customers
NovaSAR: UK radar satellite launches to track illegal shipping activity

NovaSAR: UK radar satellite launches to track illegal shipping activity

Science
The first all-British radar satellite has launched to orbit on an Indian rocket. Called NovaSAR, it has the ability to take pictures of the surface of the Earth in every kind of weather, day or night. The spacecraft will assume a number of roles but its designers specifically want to see if it can help monitor suspicious shipping activity. Lift-off from the Satish Dhawan spaceport occurred at 17:38 BST. NovaSAR was joined on its rocket by a high-resolution optical satellite - that is, an imager that sees in ordinary light. Known as S1-4, this spacecraft will discern objects on the ground as small as 87cm across. Both it and NovaSAR were manufactured by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited of Guildford. ...