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2015 – EUMETSAT Space Budget

The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) had a total budget of €337.6 million (US$462.1 million) for 2014. The largest amount of funding was directed to the Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) program with €136.4 million (US$186.7 million), followed by the EUMETSAT Polar System (EPS) program worth €78.0 million (US$106.8 million)

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2015 – Other Countries, Launch, Payload

Iran made another tentative foray into the global launch family during 2015. The country’s attempt . . .

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2015 – China Launch, Human

China’s most recent human mission to space was in June 2013, when three taikonauts docked a capsule with the Tiangong-1 space station. Since then, China has announced plans to launch a second space station, Tiangong-2, to replace Tiangong-1. The Chinese government continued assembling and testing Tiangong-2 in 2015, intending to launch it into orbit sometime in 2016. A subsequent crewed mission, Shenzhou-11, would be launched later in 2016. The crew will dock with the Tiangong-2 and may stay in the space station as long as a month.

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