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China launches 2 Yaogan remote sensing satellites using new Yuanzheng-1S upper stage

Today, at 10:43 am Beijing time (UTC+8), China launched a pair of remote sensing satellites using the Long March 2C launch vehicle from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre. Today’s launch marked the...

Japan successfully launches Michibiki 3 satellite for navigation constellation

After delays on August 11 and 12, after which the launch was scrubbed and postponed, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) finally launched its Michibiki 3 satellite on August 19, at...

China launches Fengyun-2H, to be used by Belt & Road countries

On 5 June 2018, at 9:07 p.m. Beijing time (GMT+8), China launched Fengyun-2H, a meteorological satellite which will be placed in a geosynchronous orbit. The launch took place using the three-stage...

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...

JAXA launches radar satellite ASNARO-2

In its first launch of the year, Japan’s space agency JAXA launched its radar satellite ASNARO-2 using its small launcher Epsilon-3. The launch took place this morning, at 6:06 a.m. JST...

China completes Mars lander collision avoidance test

China has announced the completion of its Mars lander collision avoidance test, and this is also the first time China has made public the progress of its Mars mission spacecraft. ...

ExPace’s Kuaizhou-1A launches 5G satellite

Today, Chinese rocket manufacturer launched its solid-fuel vehicle Kuaizhou-1A, carrying with it Yinhe-1 a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) communication satellite for China's GalaxySpace. The launch took place at Jiuquan Satellite Launch...

Arianespace orbits Japanese, South Korean satellites

On Tuesday, February 18, Arianespace's Ariane 5 launched two geostationary satellites, JCSAT-17 for the Japanese operator SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, and GEO-KOMPSAT-2B for the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI). JCSAT-17 is 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...

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...
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