Having previously launched a jointly owned Chinasat 12 (Supremesat 1) together, the Sri Lankan satellite operator SupremeSat has elected to order a fully owned satellite Supremesat 2 from CGWIC (China Great Wall Industries Corp) as part of a turnkey deal to constructed and launch the satellite. The deal, which includes a Long March launch in 2016 was signed on 30 May and is worth $215 million. The satellite is likely to use the DFH-4 bus design built by CGWIC’s subcontractor and sister organisation CAST and its Dongfanghong Satellite Company subisidiary.
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After the successful flights of an Atlas V 501 carrying the US Air Force X-37B/OTV 1 (FLIGHT 2) minispaceplane and of the Taipodong-3 (Uhna-3) carrying the North Korea’s Kwangmyongsong 3-2 spacecraft there are just three launches left.
The communications satellite Chinasat 12 has been launched from a Long March 3B/E launch vehicle flying out of the Xichang launch site at 1013 GMT on 27 November 2012. The spacecraft was formerly known as Apstar 7B as it was originally ordered from Thales Alenia Space as a back up for Apstar 7 before it was launched. However, in September China Satcom bought the satellite from APT Satellite Co as APT did not need it given Apstar 7′s successful launch into orbit.
A Long March 3B/E launch vehicle successfully launched Chinasat 2A at 1556 GMT from the Xichang launch site in China on 26 May 2011. The communications satellite which is to be placed into Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) has a mass of 5,200kg.
China has launched the Yaogan 14 electro-optical military reconnaissance satellite into a near-polar sun- synchronous low Earth orbit on 10 May. The launch took place at 0706 GMT, lifting off from the Taiyuan launch site. The flight used a Long March 4B launch vehicle.
The US military should benefit from the launch of its latest communications satellite, AEHF-2. The military communications satellite was launched successfully at 1842 GMT on 4 May 2012 via a United Launch Alliance (ULA) operated ATLAS V 531 launch from Cape Canaveral.
India’s test of a new rocket engine had to be stopped early according to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) while Aviation Week’s Beijing correspondent Bradley Perrett scores a scoop with Chinese Moon rocket planning
Members of China’s Manned Space Engineering office (which seems to be an organisation operated jointly by the China National Space Administration and the People’s Liberation Army) visited the UK recently. Hyperbola has gleaned a few details from their discussions
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