Ariane 5 orbits two communications satellites on its 100th mission

On September 25, at 19:38 French Guiana time (GMT-3), Arianespace launched two communications satellites: Horizons 3e for Intelsat and SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, and Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 for Azercosmos and Intelsat. This...

Japan launches cargo spacecraft to the ISS, carrying CubeSats from Japan, Singapore

On September 23, at 2:54 a.m. JST (UTC+9), Japan’s space agency JAXA launched its cargo spacecraft, Kounotori-7 (HTV7), to the International Space Station (ISS). The launch took place using Japan’s H-IIB...

Arianespace to launch KOMPSAT-7 for South Korea’s space agency

South Korea’s space agency, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), will launch earth observation satellite KOMPSAT-7 on Arianespace’s Vega C rocket in 2021. KOMPSAT-7 will be the fourth KARI satellite – as...

China launches more BeiDou-3 satellites with search and rescue capabilities

At 10:07 p.m. Beijing time (UTC+8) on September 19, China launched another pair of BeiDou-3 navigation satellites using the Long March-3B rocket, from Xichang Satellite Launch Centre – the standard launch...

Arianespace to launch Thailand’s THEOS-2

Arianespace has been selected to launch Thailand’s THEOS-2, the country’s new earth observation satellite, which will be built by Airbus. THEOS-2 will be launched in 2021, using either Arianespace’s existing Vega small...

India’s ISRO launches 2 commercial small satellites manufactured by SSTL

Yesterday, at 10:08pm IST (UTC+5:30), India’s space agency ISRO launched two commercial small satellites (smallsats) manufactured by UK-based Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL). The launch took place from ISRO’s only orbital...

Chinese government launch site conducts first 2 commercial launches

This week, two Chinese NewSpace startups conducted suborbital launches at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, one of the launch sites owned by China’s space agency, the China National Space Administration (CNSA). These...

Indonesia aims to launch an indigenous orbital rocket by 2040

Indonesia’s space agency LAPAN has announced its aim to launch an indigenous orbital rocket by 2040, with the ability to insert a 1-tonne satellite into Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The announcement was...

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...

India’s 19 upcoming missions, and ISRO’s Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV)

India will conduct 19 missions from now till March, according to K Sivan, Chairman of India’s space agency ISRO. These will include the launch of India’s lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, which has been...
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