P265 CEEFAX 265 Tue 15 Nov 20:03/19 1/6                       By BBC Radio's space correspondent Dr David Whitehouse Developments beyond Earth's atmosphere           Fact File Home+Away BBC2 TV Headlines
P265 CEEFAX 265 Tue 15 Nov 20:14/15  3/6    The last launch of the heavy duty Titan 34D rocket was on September 2, but the satellite did not reach the right orbit It was an electronic spy satellite to eavesdrop on Soviet missile tests. Its controllers are currently trying to nudge it into its correct position. It seems that it went into the wrong orbit when it hit the protective shell surrounding it, called the fairing. Because of this the first planned launch of the similar Titan 4 rocket, due in October, has been put back by several months.  More Fact File Home+Away BBC2 TV Headlines
P265 CEEFAX 265 Tue 15 Nov 20:03/04  2/6    Last week a Titan 34D rocket blasted off into space from the West Coast Vandenbergh Air Force Base. It was carrying a pair of top secret military communication satellites. As usual for military space missions the air force did not announce the launch time in advance. Nor did it identify the payloadN But the Titan may have been carrying two so-called satellite data system satellites - used by the US president to keep in touch with the country's nuclear forces.  More Fact File Home+Away BBC2 TV Headlines
P265 CEEFAX 265 Tue 15 Nov 20:00/03  4/6    The Titan series of rockets is mainly used by the United States to launch military and spy satellites. The next US space shuttle launch, now scheduled for the early hours of November 28 or 29, will also carry a military payload. The shuttle Atlantis will place a spy satellite in orbit. It will have a five-man crew for a three- or four-day mission. The top secret spy satellite, code named Magnum, has a radar dish that will span 150ft when unfurled in space.  More Fact File Home+Away BBC2 TV Headlines
P265 CEEFAX 265 Tue 15 Nov 20:01/11  5/6    The three cosmonauts on board the USSR Mir space station marked their new space endurance record with little ceremony. The news agency TASS said it was a day just like any other. Two of the crew of three, Musa Manarov and Vladimir Titov have broken the 326-day record set by Yuri Romanenko last year. Titov and Manarov are due to return to Earth on December 21 after spending a full year in space.  More Fact File Home+Away BBC2 TV Headlines
P265 CEEFAX 265 Tue 15 Nov 20:12/10  6/6    Preparations are again under way to launch the Soviet space shuttle "Buran" or Snowstorm It was to have been launched on October 28, but a platform giving access to the shuttle's cabin failed to swing clear and the countdown was stopped 51 seconds before launch. However, there are still worries about the computers on board Buran These take complete control of the shuttle and Energia launch vehicle four minutes before launch.  More Fact File Home+Away BBC2 TV Headlines