Summary: 17 Jan 2018 - 23 Jan 2018


New Vulcain 2.1 engine completes first test
23 Jan 2018 - The Vulcain 2.1 engine, developed by ArianeGroup to power the main stage of the Ariane 6 launcher, for which the maiden flight is scheduled for 2020, has just been successfully tested by the DLR (German Aerospace Center) on the P5 test facility at its site in Lampoldshausen, Germany on behalf of ArianeGroup. >>>

Iridium announces date for 5th Iridium NEXT launch
22 Jan 2018 - Iridium Communications Inc. announced that the fifth Iridium NEXT launch has been targeted by SpaceX for 18 March 2018 at 1519 UTC from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. >>>

ULA assumes marketing and sales for Atlas V commercial launches
22 Jan 2018 - United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced that it has assumed responsibility for the marketing and sales of Atlas V from Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services. >>>

China launches more commercial imaging satellites
21 Jan 2018 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 11; Payload: Jilin-1 Video 07, Jilin-1 Video 08; Date: 19 January 2018, 0412 UTC; Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China. The rocket also carried four small piggyback satellites. >>>

SBIRS GEO Flight 4 launched
21 Jan 2018 - Rocket: Atlas V; Payload: SBIRS GEO Flight 4; Date: 20 January 2018, 0048 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. Signal acquisition was confirmed approximately 37 minutes after lift-off . >>>

Rocket Lab successfully reaches orbit and deploys payloads
21 Jan 2018 - Rocket: Electron 'Still Testing'; Payload: one Dove, two Lemur-2 satellites; Date: 21 January 2018, 0145 UTC; Launch site: Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand. Following successful first and second stage burns, Electron reached orbit and deployed customer payloads at 8 minutes and 31 seconds after lift-off. >>>

Satellites integrated with Ariane 5
21 Jan 2018 - The Ariane 5 for Arianespace's upcoming mission from French Guiana is now complete following integration of its two satellite passengers: SES-14 for operator SES and Yahsat's Al Yah 3 - both of which will be delivered to geostationary transfer orbit on a flight planned for 25 January. >>>

Small Japanese rocket launches commercial radar satellite
18 Jan 2018 - Rocket: Epsilon-3; Payload: ASNARO-2; Date: 17 January 2018, 2106 UTC; Launch site: Uchinoura Space Center, Japan. The launch and flight of Epsilon-3 took place normally. Approximately 52 minutes 35 seconds into the flight, the separation of ASNARO-2 proceeded, with confirmation as successful. >>>

Arianespace prepares for first of 14 launches in 2018
17 Jan 2018 - Arianespace is preparing its initial Ariane 5 and Soyuz missions of 2018, which will set the stage for up to 14 flights this year using its family of launchers. >>>


New SES-14/Al Yah 3 pre-launch details
23 Jan 2018 - The first Arianespace mission in 2018 has been given the "green light" for its 25 January lift-off following a successful launch readiness review, which was conducted at the Spaceport in French Guiana. >>>

Magellan delivers Canadian PCU for upcoming space mission
22 Jan 2018 - Magellan Aerospace has delivered the first of three Power Control Units ("PCU") for an upcoming space mission. >>>





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