Cutting Corners & Lack of Operational Protocols doomed Japan’s Hitomi Observatory

Details were now shared on the proximate causes of the spacecraft’s loss, highlighting that Hitomi’s fate was sealed by the deliberate disabling of safety systems, a willingness to accept operational risk and a lack of operational protocols for a major change on the spacecraft’s thruster system.

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Soyuz Rocket blasts off with Glonass Navigation Satellite to replenish aging Constellation

Russia’s Soyuz workhorse rocket lifted off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome at 8:44 UTC on Sunday, embarking on a three-and-a-half-hour mission to a 19,100-Kilometer orbit around Earth to deliver a Glonass-M navigation satellite, replenishing the aging constellation as part of standard upkeep and maintenance.

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SpaceX shows off onboard Video of Rocket Landing, Thaicom 8 enters excellent Orbit

SpaceX again showcased the accuracy of the company’s Falcon 9 rocket in Friday’s successful launch of the Thaicom 8 satellite by dropping the payload off in a very precise transfer orbit and Falcon 9’s first stage sticking its ambitious landing near the center of the football-field sized Drone Ship.

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SpaceX Masters third Rocket Landing at Sea, delivers Thai Communications Satellite to Orbit

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Florida’s Space Coast Friday evening, dispatching a Thai broadcasting satellite into a highly elliptical orbit and nailing its second high-energy landing on the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship in the Atlantic Ocean, raising SpaceX’s inventory of returned boosters to four.

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