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China launches lunar orbiter, commencing Chang’e 4 moon mission

At 5:28 a.m. on 21 May 2018, China launched its lunar relay satellite known as Queqiao, along with 2 other microsatellites. The three satellites will orbit the moon, marking the commencement...

Kenya’s first satellite deployed from JAXA’s ISS module

On 11 May 2018, the first ever Kenyan was deployed into space from Japan’s space agency JAXA’s module on International Space Station (ISS). The satellite, known as 1KUNS-PF, is a 1U Cubesat...

Bangabandhu-1 successfully launched via SpaceX’s Falcon 9

On Friday, May 11th at 4:14 p.m. EDT, SpaceX successfully launched Bangabandhu Satellite-1 from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, according to SpaceX's press release. Following stage...

China launches Gaofen-5 hyperspectral imaging satellite for atmospheric research

On 9 May 2018, at 2:28am, China launched Gaofen-5 (GF-5), a remote sensing satellite meant to conduct scientific research on the earth’s atmosphere. The launch took place using the Long March...

ISRO visits Indonesia’s space agency LAPAN to discuss Chandrayaan-2

On 26 April 2018, delegates from India’s space agency, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), visited Indonesia’s space agency LAPAN at its Satellite Centre in Bogor, West Java. The purpose of...

China successfully launches APSTAR-6C satellite on the Long March 3B

APSTAR-6C satellite was launched successfully at 00:06 on May the 4th, 2018 via the Long March 3B launch vehicle from Xichang Satellite Launch Center at Sichuan province of China, according to...

Chinese company LinkSpace to develop reusable orbital rocket

LinkSpace, China's first privately-funded NewSpace company, has announced it will offer a reusable version of NewLine-1, a two-stage orbital launch vehicle currently in development. NewLine-1's maiden launch is scheduled for 2020,...

Rocket Lab integrates payloads for first of NASA’s dedicated small launch contracts

Rocket Lab, a New Zealand/USA launch services company, has just finished integrating NASA payloads, slated for launch within the first half of 2018. The payload integration process took place at Rocket...

China’s Chang’e 5 lunar mission delayed to 2019, Chang’e 4 on schedule

On China's annual Space Day, held on 24 April, officials from the Chinese space programme announced the lunar probe Chang'e 5 will be launched in 2019. Chang'e 5 was originally planned for...

ISRO’s GSAT-11 recalled from launch site

On 24 April, Arianespace officially confirmed that GSAT-11, India’s latest communications satellite and Arianespace’s planned next launch, has officially been sent back to India from the Arianespace launch site at Kourou,...

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A detailed look at Japan’s Hayabusa2 asteroid exploration mission

The Hayabusa missions, both designed, launched and operated by JAXA, are known as sample-return missions, in which a spacecraft will rendezvous with an astronomical...

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