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Black Sky Aerospace conducts Australia’s first commercial rocket launch

Earlier today, Queensland-based Black Sky Aerospace (BSA) conducted Australia’s first ever launch carrying commercial payloads, from the nation’s only suborbital launch site in Goondiwindi, Queensland. Today’s was a suborbital launch, with BSA’s...

India completes Phase 1 of NavIC constellation with IRNSS1I launch

Indian Space Research Organisation successfully launched IRNSS-1I into Geosynchronous orbit (GSO) using the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle C41 on Thursday morning, April 12, 2018 at 0404 (IST) from its Satish Dhawan...

Launch Announcement: Excitement in China Over Tianzhou-1 Launch Today

This is an interesting week. Orbital ATK’s Cygnus OA7 made its way to the ISS yesterday and Russia will send two astronauts to the same today. Meanwhile, China appears to be...

Happy Anniversary to MOM and LAPAN-A2!

This week, we congratulate two space agencies on the anniversaries of their spacecraft! First, this week marks the 3rd anniversary of the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Mars mission. ISRO's Mars Orbiter...

China launches BeiDou-3 satellites, completing basic global GNSS constellation

Early this morning, at 2:07 a.m. Beijing time (GMT+8), China launched the final two BeiDou-3M satellites needed to provide basic Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) services on a global scale. The launch...

China Launches Shijian-13, Continuing Trend of Launch Successes

China National Space Administration’s communications satellite, Shijian-13, was successfully launched aboard a Long March 3B (Chang Zheng 3B) rocket at 7.03 p.m local time. It appears the launch was a public one,...

China launches Gaofen-11 high-resolution optical satellite

On 31 July 2018, at 11am Beijing time (GMT+8), China launched Gaofen-11 (GF-11), a high-resolution optical satellite for earth observation of China and the Belt and Road countries. The launch took...

JAXA Launches Mitsubishi’s H-2A Carrying Japanese Military Satellite

At approximately 9.20 a.m. today, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched its Mitsubishi H-2A rocket from the Tanegashima launchpad, carrying a Japanese military satellite, IGS Radar-5 into orbit. The launch, which...

The Chang’e 4 mission: Launch, payload, and landing zone

On 7 December 2018, the Chang’e 4 mission was launched on board a Longmarch 3B rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan. Its destination? The far side of the Moon. As...

Southern Launch to build an orbital launch site in South Australia

Southern Launch, a company based in Adelaide, South Australia, announced today that it will build an orbital launch facility at Whalers Way on the Southern tip of the Eyre Peninsula. The Whalers...
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