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China launches 7th & 8th BeiDou-3M satellites

Last night, at 1:56 am Beijing time (UTC +8), China launched a pair of BeiDou-3 satellites that will add to China’s BeiDou-3 navigation constellation. These will be China’s 30th and 31st...

India launches GSAT-6A using improved GSLV Mark II

Update, 1 April 2018: ISRO has lost contact with the GSAT-6A, with the following statement being released on the website: "After the successful long duration firings, when the satellite was on course...

Rocket Lab’s next launch will be a commercial flight

Rocket Lab has today confirmed its next launch will be the company’s first fully commercial flight. Two Lemur-2 cubesats for launch customer Spire Global will be on board the upcoming launch,...

Kanematsu to sell Vector’s launch services to Asia

Japan-based Kanematsu Corporation (KG), a large trading company with experience in purchasing satellites and other space systems, has entered into an exclusive representative agreement with Vector to sell Vector’s products and...

China launches LKW-4 earth observation satellite

On 17 March 2018, at 3:10 p.m. Beijing time (GMT+8), China launched LKW-4, the fourth satellite in a series known simply as “Land Survey Satellite”. The launch took place from Jiuquan...

South Korea to complete rocket engine tests for KSLV-II

The Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), which is South Korea’s space agency, has announced that it is currently conducting final engine tests for its upcoming launch vehicle, the Korea Space Launch...

China’s space station to be operational by 2022

China plans to make its manned space station fully operational by 2022, constructing it via on-orbit assembly in three or four batches. Said Deputy Director of China’s Manned Space Agency Yang Liwei,...

mu Space Corp confirms satellite mission aboard New Glenn

mu Space Corp today confirmed at the Satellite 2018 event that they will launch a geostationary satellite aboard Blue Origin’s New Glenn orbital rocket. The launch window starts in late 2020. Commenting...

JAXA & ESA to study feasibility of lunar demonstration mission ‘Heracles’

On 3 March 2018, at the International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF) held in Tokyo, Japan’s space agency JAXA and the European Space Agency (ESA) announced a joint statement which included a...

Japan successfully launches reconnaissance satellite IGS-Optical 6

Today at 13:34 JST (GMT+9), Japan's space agency JAXA successfully launched IGS-Optical 6, a reconnaissance satellite that will add to its Information Gathering Satellite (IGS) series. The launch took place at Tanegashima...

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