Re-Entry of Chinese Rocket Stage seen over Hawaii

Truly spectacular photos of a re-entering rocket stage were captured on Saturday by astrophotographer Steve Cullen who happened to stop at just the right time to capture nightscape panoramas at Mauna Kea, Hawaii showing the blazing demise of a Long March 3B upper stage.

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China conducts Year-Opening Launch with Belarusian Communications Satellite

China opened the reign of space launches in 2016 on Friday with the successful launch of a Long March 3B rocket carrying the Belintersat-1 communications satellite to Geostationary Transfer Orbit to become the first Belarusian communications satellite.

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Photos: All Orbital Launches of 2015

The year 2015 saw 87 orbital launch attempts from spaceports across the globe – 84 missions reached orbit in a year that saw 82 successful orbital launches. Here are photos of all of 2015’s space launches.

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2015 Space Launch Statistics

The year 2015 saw a total of 87 known orbital launch attempts operated by seven nations from space ports in eight countries.

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China closes 2015 Space Launch Year – Long March 3B lofts Gaofen-4 Earth Observation Satellite

A Chinese Long March 3B Rocket lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Monday, lifting the Gaofen-4 satellite to have a watchful eye on Planet Earth, becoming China’s first remote sensing satellite operated from Geosynchronous Orbit.

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Sixth Long March 3B Launch in under three Months achieves good Orbit for ChinaSat-1C

Wednesday’s launch of China’s Long March 3B rocket reached its targeted Geostationary Transfer Orbit as evident in orbital data released by the Joint Space Operations Center, showing the ChinaSat-1C in a standard transfer orbit from where it will soon begin its climb into Geostationary Orbit.

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Chinese Military Communications Satellite blasts off atop Long March 3B Rocket

A Chinese Long March 3B rocket blasted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 16:46 UTC on Wednesday, carrying a military communications satellite to Geostationary Transfer Orbit. Keeping up the pace in orbital launches towards the end of the year, this marks the sixth flight of the heavy-lift Long March 3B and the 13th mission of the Long March fleet in the last three months.

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Long March 3B lofts LaoSat-1 into good Geostationary Transfer Orbit

China’s Long March 3B rocket delivered Laos’ first Geostationary Communications Satellite to a good Geostationary Transfer Orbit, enabling the spacecraft to begin its climb to GEO for a rapid commissioning phase to be able to begin service in early December.

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Chinese Long March 3B launches first Communications Satellite for Laos

China’s heavy-lift Long March 3B lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Friday, carrying a communications satellite to orbit for the small Asian country of Laos. Friday’s launch occurred at 16:07 UTC and marked the third CZ-3B mission over a five-week period as China keeps up the high launch rate expected for the closing months of 2015.

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