China’s CZ-11 Quick-Response Rocket Launches Jilin Video Satellites, CubeSats for China & Canada

China continued its January launch frenzy on Friday with a tube-launched Long March 11 rocket blasting off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert at 4:12 UTC with a group of six satellites – five from China and one from Canadian start-up company Kepler Communications.

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Atlas V Rocket Poised for Nighttime Liftoff with Fourth SBIRS Missile Warning Satellite

A ULA Atlas V rocket rolled to its Cape Canaveral Launch Pad on Wednesday in preparation for a thunderous nighttime liftoff on Thursday to lift the fourth SBIRS missile-warning satellite into orbit to complete a constellation capable of spotting anything from tactical missiles to tracking the path of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles.

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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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Classified NROL-47 Found in Orbit by Satellite Trackers, Identity Confirmed as Topaz 5

The classified NROL-47 satellite launched by a Delta IV rocket on Friday had barely made its first lap around Earth when its identity as a radar reconnaissance satellite was revealed by amateur satellite trackers listening to the spacecraft’s radio transmissions, found to be in family with predecessor missions of the same kind.

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No Signs of Life from Russian-built AngoSat, Troubleshooting to Resume in April

The Russian-built AngoSat-1 communications satellite launched into orbit on December 26 has not shown any signs of life despite reports of communications with the satellite being restored after a temporary outage immediately after its arrival in a drift orbit above the equator.

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Twice-Flown Dragon Cargo Spacecraft Splashes Down

SpaceX’s Dragon C108.2 spacecraft departed the International Space Station after a month-long stay on Saturday via the first-ever ground-controlled release of a visiting vehicle, sending the spacecraft on a five-and-a-half hour return journey expected to culminate with a parachute-assisted splashdown landing

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Third Chinese Launch of the Week Deploys LKW-3 Land Survey Satellite

China conducted its third space launch in a span of just over four days on Saturday, involving a Long March 2D rocket lifting off from the country’s Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center to dispatch the third satellite in the LKW Land Survey Constellation into orbit.

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Delta IV Rocket Blasts Off from California with U.S. Spy Satellite

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket thundered off from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base on Friday on classified government business, lifting the secret NROL-47 satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office to replenish the U.S. spy satellite fleet.

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India’s PSLV Rocket Returns to Flight with Successful Multi-Payload Delivery for Seven Nations

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle opened the country’s space flight year 2018 on Friday with an impressive Return-To-Flight mission lifting into orbit an assortment of 31 satellites of vastly different shapes and sizes for operators in seven different countries.

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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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Indian PSLV Rocket set for Return To Flight Mission with 31 Satellites

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle is targeting liftoff on Friday on the rocket’s return to flight mission after a 2017 failure, aiming to lift into orbit a total of 31 satellites ranging from a large Indian Earth Observation satellite to various small satellites and CubeSats for remote sensing and technology demonstrations.

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