Summary: 14 Jan 2018 - 18 Jan 2018


New Small Japanese rocket launches commercial radar satellite
18 Jan 2018 - Rocket: Epsilon-3; Payload: ASNARO-2; Date: 17 January 2018, 2106 UTC; Launch site: Uchinoura Space Center, Japan. The launch and flight of Epsilon-3 took place normally. Approximately 52 minutes 35 seconds into the flight, the separation of ASNARO-2 proceeded, with confirmation as successful. >>>

Arianespace prepares for first of 14 launches in 2018
17 Jan 2018 - Arianespace is preparing its initial Ariane 5 and Soyuz missions of 2018, which will set the stage for up to 14 flights this year using its family of launchers. >>>

New launch date for ASNARO-2
16 Jan 2018 - JAXA has rescheduled the launch of Epsilon-3, the third Epsilon launch vehicle which encapsulates NEC's small radar satellite "ASNARO-2" from the JAXA Uchinoura Space Center. >>>

GomSpace signs contract for low-inclination launch on LauncherOne
16 Jan 2018 - GomSpace has purchased a launch for several nanosatellites onboard a LauncherOne rocket from the California based company Virgin Orbit. The flight, which is bound for a low-inclination orbit, is scheduled to occur in early 2019. >>>

Delay of the day: Epsilon-3/ASNARO-2
15 Jan 2018 - In light of adverse weather predicted for the launch day, JAXA postponed the launch of Epsilon-3, the third Epsilon launch vehicle which encapsulates NEC Small radar satellite "ASNARO-2", from the JAXA Uchinoura Space Center, to no earlier than 17 January 2018 (UTC). >>>

ULA NROL-47 mission declared success - next launch: SBIRS GEO 4
15 Jan 2018 - A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-6 on 12 January at 2211 UTC. Designated NROL-47, the mission is in support of U.S. national defence. >>>

New Chinese navsats in orbit
14 Jan 2018 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 3B/YZ-1; Payload: two Beidou satellites; Date: 11 January 2018, 2318 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. The navigation satellites were deployed into medium Earth orbit by the Yuanzheng-1 upper stage. >>>

China launches third land observation satellite
14 Jan 2018 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 2D; Payload: LKW-3 (Land Survey Satellite-3); Date: 13 January 2018, 0710 UTC; Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre, China. The observation satellite was placed into a Sun-synchronous orbit. >>>


RSC Energia: Angosat operations will resume in April
16 Jan 2018 - The Angosat spacecraft made at RSC Energia under a contract with the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technologies of the Republic of Angola is undergoing scheduled flight tests, the manufacturer said. >>>

Thales Alenia Space to provide X-band Transmitter for KOMPSAT-7
16 Jan 2018 - Thales Alenia Space has signed a new contract with the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, KARI, to deliver the X-band communications system for the KOMPSAT-7 mission (Korea Multi-Purpose Satellite 7), with a target launch in 2021 and a lifetime of five years. >>>

SES-15 enters commercial service to serve the Americas
15 Jan 2018 - SES announced that the new SES-15 spacecraft has been operational at the 129 degrees West orbital position since 1 January. As planned, the all-electric satellite took six months to reach its orbital position and to successfully complete its testing. >>>





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