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Summary: 15 Jan 2018 - 21 Jan 2018


 LAUNCHES Up 

New China launches more commercial imaging satellites
21 Jan 2018 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 11; Payload: Jilin-1 Video 07, Jilin-1 Video 08; Date: 19 January 2018, 0412 UTC; Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China. The rocket also carried four small piggyback satellites. >>>

New SBIRS GEO Flight 4 launched
21 Jan 2018 - Rocket: Atlas V; Payload: SBIRS GEO Flight 4; Date: 20 January 2018, 0048 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. Signal acquisition was confirmed approximately 37 minutes after lift-off . >>>

New Rocket Lab successfully reaches orbit and deploys payloads
21 Jan 2018 - Rocket: Electron 'Still Testing'; Payload: one Dove, two Lemur-2 satellites; Date: 21 January 2018, 0145 UTC; Launch site: Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand. Following successful first and second stage burns, Electron reached orbit and deployed customer payloads at 8 minutes and 31 seconds after lift-off. >>>

New Satellites integrated with Ariane 5
21 Jan 2018 - The Ariane 5 for Arianespace's upcoming mission from French Guiana is now complete following integration of its two satellite passengers: SES-14 for operator SES and Yahsat's Al Yah 3 - both of which will be delivered to geostationary transfer orbit on a flight planned for 25 January. >>>

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. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

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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