China Continues Busy January with Dual-Satellite Launch for Beidou Navigation System

China continued its busy beginning of year push on Thursday with the launch of a Long March 3B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, carrying the next two Beidou-3 navigation satellites to join the country’s growing global navigation satellite system

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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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Chinese Long March 3B Lifts AlcomSat-1 Dual-Purpose Communications Satellite for Algeria

China was in action again on Sunday, launching a Long March 3B rocket carrying the Chinese-built AlcomSat-1 communications satellite for operation by the Algerian Space Agency as a dual-purpose spacecraft for civilian and military communications.

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Long March 3B Rocket Lifts off with two Chinese Navigation Satellites

A Chinese Long March 3B rocket lifted off from the country’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center around 11:44 UTC on Sunday, embarking on a multi-hour climb into an orbit over 21,000 Kilometers in altitude to dispatch a pair of Beidou-3 navigation satellites to join China’s global navigation satellite system currently undergoing deployment.

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Re-Entry: Long March 3B Rocket Body from Tiantong-1 Launch

A Long March 3B rocket stage re-entered the atmosphere on July 21, 2017 after close to a year in orbit, making a slow decay from a highly elliptical Geostationary Transfer Orbit. The Long March 3B rocket launched the Tiantong 1-1 mobile communications satellite operating in the S- and UHF communications bands, likely with military use.

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China’s Long March 3B Rocket fails to reach Orbital Destination with Zhongxing-9A Satellite

The launch of China’s Zhongxing-9A communications satellite atop a Long March 3B rocket did not reach its planned orbital destination on Sunday, Chinese state media confirmed after several hours of silence following the midnight hour liftoff from the Xichang launch base.

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Zhongxing-9A Comsat lifts off atop Chinese Long March 3B, Launch Outcome Unclear

China’s Long March 3B rocket lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 16:08 UTC on Sunday, thundering into the midnight hour with the Zhongxing-9A communications satellite headed to a highly elliptical transfer orbit.

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China’s Long March 3B Lofts Shijian-13 Satellite to Test High-Throughput Communications & Ion Drive

China’s Long March 3B rocket blasted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Wednesday, lofting into orbit the country’s first high-throughput communications satellite that is set for an experimental mission to test out electric propulsion and laser communications.

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2016 Space Launch Statistics

The year 2016 saw a total of 85 known orbital launch attempts operated by eight nations from space ports in

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