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The ALE-2 “shooting star” satellite to launch on Rocket Lab’s Electron

Tokyo-based NewSpace company ALE will be launching its second satellite, ALE-2, with Rocket Lab’s Electron on 25 November. ALE-2 will attempt to realize the company’s aim of producing man-made shooting stars, with the hope...

Japan successfully launches reconnaissance satellite IGS-Optical 6

Today at 13:34 JST (GMT+9), Japan's space agency JAXA successfully launched IGS-Optical 6, a reconnaissance satellite that will add to its Information Gathering Satellite (IGS) series. The launch took place at Tanegashima...

Japan Unveils Second Michibiki Satellite to be Launched Late 2017

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), has unveiled its second Michibiki satellite, which will be launched along with two other satellites from the Michibiki family later this year. The Michibiki satellites, also known...

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...

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...

ISRO successfully tests High Thrust Vikas Engine for GSLV-Mk III

Yesterday, India’s space agency the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced it has successfully completed a ground test to qualify a high thrust version of its Vikas Engine, which is used...

Spaceflight to launch 11 small satellites on India’s PSLV in December/January

Seattle-based satellite rideshare and mission management provider Spaceflight has announced that it will launch 11 small satellites on India's next launch. The launch will see the PSLV C40 carry the Cartosat-2ER Earth...

AsiaSat 9 will be launched on 28 September by a Proton-M

AsiaSat, one of Asia’s largest satellite operators, has announced that it will launch AsiaSat 9 via a Proton-M on 28 September 2017 at Baikonur. AsiaSat 9 will be the 10th satellite launched...

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 successfully launches two sounding rockets

Indonesia’s space agency LAPAN has successfully conducted two test flights of two of its sounding rockets, the RX 450 and RX 1220. The launches took place last week at the Space...

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