China sends ‘motivational message’ to comfort the public on Long March 5 failure

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), the main contractor for the Chinese space programme, and the manufacturer of the Long March 5, has officially released an uplifting public message in...

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...

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...

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...

Upcoming launches in late June to mid-July 2017

28 June 2017: Ariane5 ECA/HellasSat-3 & GSAT-17 Launch Vehicle: Ariane5 ECA, manufactured by Arianespace Payloads: Hellas Sat 3-Inmarsat S EAN (commercial satellite), GSAT-17 (communications satellite, India) Launch date: 28 June 2017 Launch time: Between 5:59pm...

Long March 5-Y2 fails, Shijian-18 satellite lost

Yesterday, China’s heavy lift launcher, the Long March 5-Y2, failed to carry the Shijian-18 satellite into orbit. The live broadcast of the event was terminated before the separation of Shijian-18 from the...

Russia to launch 2 South Korean satellites in 2019, 2020

Glavkosmos, Russia's launch service provider, has just announced that it will launch 2 South Korean CAS500-series satellites in 2019 and 2020. After a tender bid held early this year, Glavkomos signed two...

Nanosatellite Operator Sky and Space Global Completes 3 Diamonds Testing Ahead of May Launch

Sky and Space (SAS) Global, a satellite company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), has announced that it has completed testing of its ground and space communications systems in preparation...

Rocket Lab Successfully Launches Electron, Making New Zealand a Spacefaring Nation

Space startup Rocket Lab has successfully launched its Electron rocket from the Mahai Peninsula, propelling New Zealand into the list of spacefaring nations. After 3 days of delays due to bad weather,...

Upcoming launches related to Asia-Pacific (Aug-Sept 2017)

24 August 2017: Falcon 9 Full Thrust/Formosat 5 (Taiwan) Launch vehicle: Falcon 9 Full Thrust, manufactured by SpaceX Payload: Formosat 5 (Taiwanese Earth Observation Satellite) Launch date: 24 August 2017 Launch time: 18:50-19:34 GMT Location: Vandenberg...
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