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China launches Centispace-1-s1 satellite

September 30th, 2018 by

Rocket: Kuaizhou-1A; Payload: Centispace-1-s1; Date: 29 September 2018, 0413 UTC; Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China. About six and a half hours after leaving the pad, the state-run Xinhua press agency confirmed launch success.

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United Launch Alliance selects BE-4 engines for Vulcan

September 30th, 2018 by

Following completion of a competitive procurement, ULA has selected Blue Origin’s BE-4 engine for Vulcan Centaur’s booster stage. The liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled booster will be powered by a pair of BE-4 engines, each producing 2.45 MN (550,000 lbf) of sea level thrust.

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AEHF-4 encapsulated ahead of October launch

September 30th, 2018 by

The U.S. Air Force’s fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-4) communication satellite was encapsulated on 26 September at Astrotech Space Operations processing facility in Florida.

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Norway tests hybrid rocket propulsion

September 27th, 2018 by

Norway’s first hybrid rocket to reach space demonstrated new hybrid propulsion technology for a cleaner, safer, more flexible method of powering small launch vehicles.

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Update: Ariane 5 ECA completes 100th flight

September 26th, 2018 by

Arianespace’s on-target mission with Horizons 3e and Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 marked the milestone 100th flight of a heavy-lift Ariane 5.

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Vector receives patent for LOX-propylene rocket engine

September 26th, 2018 by

Vector announced that the company received a U.S. patent for its enhanced liquid oxygen-propylene rocket engine. Vector is the first and only launch provider to utilise propylene fuel and liquid oxygen (LOX) in an operational launch system.

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