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Archive for December, 2017

Contact with Angosat 1 re-established after launch

December 28th, 2017 by

Specialists have restored communication with Angola’s Angosat 1 satellite, which was launched from the Baikonur spaceport on 26 December.

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Contact lost with Angosat 1 after successful launch

December 27th, 2017 by

Rocket: Zenit-3SLBF/Fregat [Zenit-3F, Zenit-2SB/Fregat-SB], Payload: Angosat 1; Date: 26 December 2017, 1900 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The launch appears to have been successful, but contact with the satellite was lost shortly thereafter.

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China launches new trio of reconnaissance satellites

December 27th, 2017 by

Rocket: Chang Zheng 2C; Payload: three Yaogan 30 satellites; Date: 25 December 2017, 1944 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Centre, China. The satellites have entered its preset orbit and the launch was proclaimed a success.

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Delay of the day: SS-520 No. 5

December 27th, 2017 by

JAXA has postponed the launch experiment of a microsatellite aboard SS-520 No. 5, due to a malfunction found in a launch vehicle component.

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H-IIA launches dual payload

December 23rd, 2017 by

Rocket: H-IIA; Payload: Global Changing Observation Mission – Climate “SHIKISAI” (GCOM-C) and the Super Low Altitude Test Satellite “TSUBAME” (SLATS); Date: 23 December 2017, 0126 UTC; Launch site: Tanegashima Space Center, Japan. The launch and flight of H-IIA F37 proceeded as planned.

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Falcon 9 lofts fourth batch of Iridium NEXT satellites

December 23rd, 2017 by

Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: 10 Iridium NEXT satellites; Date: 23 December 2017, 0127 UTC; Launch site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, USA. The successful launch marks the midway point of the Iridium NEXT launch programme, and was the first Iridium launch to use a recycled SpaceX rocket.

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