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Delay of the day: ExoMars 2020 becomes ExoMars 2022

March 12th, 2020 by

The European Space Agency (ESA) and the Roskosmos Space Corporation have decided to postpone the launch of the second ExoMars mission to study the Red Planet to 2022.

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Spaceflight prepares for initial Vega rideshare launch

March 11th, 2020 by

Spaceflight announced it is providing mission management and rideshare integration services for four organisations on Arianespace’s first dedicated rideshare mission on its Vega launch vehicle.

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Capella, Rocket Lab to launch mid-inclination satellite

March 11th, 2020 by

Rocket Lab has signed a deal to launch a dedicated mission for Capella Space, an aerospace and information services company providing Earth observation data on demand.

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ESA, European Commission preorder four more Ariane 6 launches

March 10th, 2020 by

Arianespace announced a preorder from the European Space Agency (ESA), on behalf of the European Commission (DG Grow), for four launches using the Ariane 6 rocket. Planned to start in January 2022, these launches will orbit eight satellites from Batch 3 to support the final deployment of the Galileo constellation and the replacement of certain satellites.

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Delay of the day: Proton M/Ekspress-80, -103

March 10th, 2020 by

This year’s first launch of a Proton-M rocket with Ekspress-80 and Ekspress-103 communications satellites from the Baikonur spaceport has been postponed to late May owing to problems with the rocket’s components, Khrunichev Space Center Director General Alexei Varochko was quoted as saying.

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Beidou satnav system nears completion with new launch

March 9th, 2020 by

Rocket: Chang Zheng 3B/G2; Payload: Beidou-3G2Q; Date: 9 March 2020, 1155 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. The rocket delivered the navigation satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit. China’s state media declared the launch a success.

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