Japan’s SS-520 CubeSat Launch Vehicle Achieves Success on Second Try

A beefed-up sounding rocket-turned-orbital-launch-vehicle zoomed into the skies over Japan’s Kyushu Island on Saturday in a bid to become the smallest launch vehicle to successfully achieve orbit one year after its inaugural test flight crashed into the Pacific Ocean.

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World’s Smallest Launch Vehicle Ready for Second Attempt at Reaching Orbit

Just over a year after crashing into the Pacific Ocean on its first test flight, Japan’s SS-520 sounding-rocket-turned-orbital-launch-vehicle stands ready for another try to become the world’s smallest orbital launch vehicle, just powerful enough to lift a three-Kilogram CubeSat.

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ISS Spacewalk Pushed to February after Successful Troubleshooting on Canadarm2 End Effector

International Space Station managers decided on Sunday to postpone a scheduled spacewalk from Monday after additional diagnostics performed on the Station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm showed a connectivity problem on the primary command string of the newly-installed Latching End Effector could be solved through software.

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Postponed — ISS Spacewalkers Prepare for Revised EVA Scenario to Backtrack Robotic Arm Work

Spacewalkers aboard the International Space Station will be forced to backtrack on Monday, reversing work completed on a January 23 excursion after controllers on the ground were unable to establish a redundant command path to the newly-installed grappling hand on the Station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm.

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Pre-Dawn Epsilon Liftoff Sends Japanese Radar-Imaging Satellite into Orbit

Japan’s third Epsilon rocket fired into the pre-dawn skies over Kyushu Island Thursday morning, carrying into orbit the ASNARO-2 radar-imaging satellite setting out to demonstrate a compact satellite platform capable of hosting high-performance instruments matching large flagship satellite missions in data quality.

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Photos: Japan’s Epsilon Rocket Soars into the Night with ASNARO-2 Radar Satellite

Japan’s third Epsilon rocket lifted off from the Uchinoura Space Center on Kyushu Island at 21:06:11 UTC on January 17, 2018 with the ASNARO-2 radar-imaging satellite joining a program dedicated to the creation of a high-performance small satellite platform that can match the capabilities of flagship satellite missions.

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Video: Epsilon Rocket Launches ASNARO-2 Radar Satellite

Japan’s third Epsilon rocket lifted off from the Uchinoura Space Center on Kyushu Island at 21:06:11 UTC on January 17, 2018 with the ASNARO-2 radar-imaging satellite joining a program dedicated to the creation of a high-performance small satellite platform that can match the capabilities of flagship satellite missions.

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2017 Space Launch Statistics

The year 2017 saw a total of 90 known orbital launch attempts from seven nations and space ports in eight different countries. 2017 had the second most orbital launch attempts of any year in the current century, short of 92 launches in 2014 and showing a slight increase from 2016 that had 85 known launch attempts.

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Japanese H-IIA Rocket Fires Into Orbit with Climate Change Satellite & Super-Low Altitude Testbed

Japan’s H-IIA rocket leapt off its sea-side launch pad on Tanegashima Island at 10:26 a.m. local time, 1:26 UTC on Saturday, soaring into orbit with a high-profile climate observation satellite and a technology demonstration spacecraft set for a mission orbiting the edge of the atmosphere to develop previously unused orbital real estate.

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Final Building Block for Japanese Navigation Constellation Arrives in Orbit

Japan’s H-IIA rocket blasted off from Tanegashima Island Tuesday morning with the final building block in the country’s regional navigation system, designed to improve GPS navigation services in the street canyons of the island nation’s largest cities and deliver enhanced navigation accuracy to aid air traffic control.

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Final QZSS Navigation Augmentation Constellation Member to Launch Monday Night on H-IIA

Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System, designed to improve the availability & accuracy of satellite navigation over the island nation, will reach full strength on Monday when the fourth and last planned QZSS satellite takes flight atop an H-IIA rocket blasting off from the picturesque Tanegashima Space Center.

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H-IIA Rocket Deploys Japan’s Third Quasi-Zenith Navigation Augmentation Satellite

Japan’s H-IIA rocket soared to its fourth success of the year on Saturday, deploying the third satellite in the country’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System for navigation services augmentation in fast-paced effort to complete the four-satellite constellation

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