China launches BeiDou-3 satellites, says 40 million BeiDou chips have been sold

On 25 August, at 7:52 am Beijing time (UTC+8), China launched a pair of BeiDou-3 satellites that will add to China’s GNSS constellation. These will be the country’s 35th and 36th...

Chang’e-4 relay satellite operating smoothly, lunar rover to launch in December

Based on the operational success of its relay satellite launched on May 21 this year, China has confirmed that the Chang’e-4 lunar rover will be launch in December as scheduled. The announcement...

Rocket Lab & Dubai-based Circle Aerospace sign deal for 10 launches

US/New Zealand launch provider Rocket Lab and new Dubai-based launch brokerage firm Circle Aerospace have signed an agreement for ten dedicated launches aboard Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket. The first launch is...

SpaceX launches Indonesian communications satellite Merah Putih

Today, at 1:28 a.m. EDT, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launched the geostationary communications satellite Merah Putih, also known as Telkom-4, for Indonesia’s largest telecommunications service provider Telkom Indonesia. The satellite, built by SSL,...

Australia’s Fleet opens ground station, clears 1st satellites for launch

Last Friday, Australian nanosatellite IoT startup Fleet Space opened its nanosatellite first ground station, known as Mission Control South Australia. The ground station is located at Red Banks Reservoir, Pinkerton Plains, and...

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...

Japan-Europe Mercury mission BepiColombo to launch on October 19

Japan’s space agency, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), has announced the BepiColombo mission to the planet Mercury will be launched on October 19 from French Guiana, at 22:45 local time. The...

China launches 33rd, 34th BeiDou GNSS satellites

Yesterday, at 9:48 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 the country’s 33rd and 34th...

The way forward for ISRO’s launch vehicles

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched their heaviest launch vehicle to date, GSLV MK III, in June last year and are in preparation for launching the second and last of the...

Interview: Arianespace CEO on the roadmap to 2020 & beyond

Arianespace is the world’s first commercial launch services provider, established in 1980 and rooted in the European space agencies and institutions. It has enjoyed a large commercial market share over its...
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