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Astroscale’s ELSA-d satellite to launch via Glavkosmos in 2020

Astroscale, the space debris removal startup, has contracted with Glavkosmos/GK Launch Services to launch its pioneering ELSA-d (End of Life Services by Astroscale -demonstration) mission on a Soyuz-2 cluster mission from Baikonur Cosmodrome...

Electron failed to reach orbit due to ground equipment issue, says Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab, a launch services provider based in New Zealand and the U.S., has just released a statement reporting that the launch of its first rocket, Electron, failed to reach orbit...

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...

Ariane 5 successfully launches Intelsat 37e & BSAT-4a

After a scrubbed launch on 5 September, Arianespace has successfully placed two communications satellites, Intelsat 37e and BSAT-4a, into Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). The launch took place at the Guiana Space Center...

China launches 2 Beidou-3M navigation satellites

Today, at 7:18 a.m. Beijing time (GMT+8), China successfully launched two satellites that will be part of its BeiDou-3 navigation constellation. The launch took place using a Long March 3B launch...

Additive Manufacturing in Launch Vehicles

Additive Manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing, as it is commonly known, is a technology that is being more and more used in manufacturing across many industries. The space industry is no...

Taiwan’s indigenous FORMOSAT-5 arrives at Vandenberg to prepare for SpaceX launch

Taiwan’s first indigenously-developed high-resolution remote sensing satellite, FORMOSAT-5, has arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. A team of Taiwanese engineers welcomed the satellite to prepare for its launch slated for...

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...

Rocket Lab to Conduct Inaugural Launch at the World’s First Private Launch Site

Rocket Lab, a private US-New Zealand rocket development and launch company, has announced that it will conduct the first launch of its Electron rocket within the next two weeks. Named “It’s...

KARI contracts MDA for lunar mission communication subsystems

South Korea's space agency, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), has awarded a contract worth over US$5.74 million (CA$7 million) to Canadian company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA). Under the contract, MDA...
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