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China launches probe to land on far side of the moon

December 9th, 2018 by

Rocket: Chang Zheng 3B; Payload: Chang’e 4; Date: 7 December 2018, 1823 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. The lunar rover is expected to make the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon sometime in January.

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Saudi imaging satellites launch aboard Chinese rocket

December 9th, 2018 by

Rocket: Chang Zheng 2D; Payload: SaudiSat 5A, SaudiSat 5B, 10 microsatellites and nanosatellites; Date: 7 December 2018, 0412 UTC; Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China. Officials declared the launch successful, according to China Great Wall Industry Corp.

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Delay of the day: Delta IV Heavy/NROL-71

December 9th, 2018 by

For two times in a row, technical troubles have forced ULA to scrub a Delta IV Heavy launch attempt at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The rocket is to carry a classified U.S. National Reconnaissance Office satellite.

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NOAA targets January 2019 to declare GOES-17 operational

December 9th, 2018 by

On 20 November 2018, technicians observed an error from NOAA’s GOES-17 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) – unrelated to the ongoing issues with the loop heat pipe – that resulted in degraded infrared imagery.

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exactEarth AIS payload on the PAZ radar satellite is now live

December 9th, 2018 by

exactEarth Ltd. announced that its advanced AIS payload onboard the Spanish radar satellite, PAZ, has completed its commissioning phase and is now fully-operational.

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Ball Aerospace delivers pollution monitoring instrument to NASA

December 9th, 2018 by

Ball Aerospace has delivered the Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) spectrometer to NASA after a successful final acceptance review.

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