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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...

Long March 11 launches 6 satellites

On January 19 2018, at 12:12 p.m. Beijing time (GMT+8) China launched 2 commercial remote sensing satellites for Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co., along with four Cubesats. The launch took place at...

Japan’s new H3 rocket to go commercial in 2022 with Inmarsat launch

Japan’s new H3 launch vehicle, which is currently under development, will make its first commercial flight in 2022, with Inmarsat as its first customer. The H3 rocket, which is being developed by...

China launches 3 commercial remote sensing satellites

Today (21 November 2017), at 12:50 p.m. Beijing time (GMT+8), China launched 3 commercial remote sensing satellites for Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co. Part of the company’s Jilin 1 satellite series, the...

JAXA announces new asteroid flyby mission to Phaethon

Today, Japan's space agency the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced the details of a new mission to study interplanetary dust, scheduled to launch in 2022 via JAXA's Epsilon rocket. Known as...

China investigates Long March 5 Y2 failure, prepares end-2018 launch of Y3

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has determined that its heavy lift launcher, the Long March 5, crashed because of momentary decline in the engine's thrust caused by localised anomalies in...

Arianespace announces contract with SSL to launch BSAT-4b for Japanese operator

As the annual Japan Week event opened, Arianespace announced a new contract with SSL (a Maxar Technologies company) for an Ariane 5 mission in 2020 to orbit the BSAT-4b satellite for...

Astroscale ready to ship 1st microsatellite, signs agreement with JAXA for 2nd mission

After raising a total of US$53 million over the past 3 years, Singapore/Japan startup Astroscale has announced that its first microsatellite, IDEA OSG 1, is ready to be shipped for launch....

China launches 2 more BeiDou-3 satellites

On 12 February 2018, at 1.03 p.m. Beijing time (GMT +8), China launched a pair of BeiDou-3 satellites that will add to China’s BeiDou-3 navigation constellation. These will be China’s 28th...

Arianespace marks 80th consecutive launch success with ISRO’s GSAT-17 & Hellas Sat 3-Inmarsat S...

On 28 June 2017 at 6:15 p.m. (local time), Arianespace’s heaviest launcher Ariane 5 launched two payloads into orbit from the Guiana Space Center (CSG), Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. The first,...
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