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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...

Japan launches reconnaissance satellite IGS-Radar 6

Yesterday at 13:20 JST (GMT+9), Japan’s space agency JAXA successfully launched IGS-Radar 6, a reconnaissance satellite that will add to its Information Gathering Satellite (IGS) series. The launch took place at Tanegashima...

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...

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...

Rocket Lab’s Electron successfully reaches orbit on 2nd launch attempt

Today, at 14:43 NZDT (GMT+13), Rocket Lab successfully reached orbit with the second test flight of its Electron orbital launch vehicle Still Testing. The two-stage liquid fuel rocket, which has a...

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 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...

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...

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...

Rocket Lab successfully conducts first commercial launch of Electron rocket

Today, at 16:50 New Zealand time (GMT+13), US/New Zealand rocket company Rocket Lab successfully conducted the first commercial launch of its Electron orbital rocket, and has confirmed that all payloads have...
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