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September 4-10, 2017 / Vol 36, No 36 / Hawai`i Island, USA

1 Sep 2017, 20:14 UTC
September 4-10, 2017 / Vol 36, No 36 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Arianespace, CNSA, SpaceX and ILS Set for Upcoming Launches

Four International launches are in queue this week starting with Arianespace Ariane 5 ECA rocket on September 5 lofting Intelsat 37e and BSAT 4a communication satellites from Kourou, French Guiana to GTO. It will be the 9th launch for Arianespace in 2017 and 239th utilizing an Ariane launch vehicle. On Sep 6 China National Space Agency is planning to launch the 2-stage Long March (Chang Zheng) 2D rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center with the China-built 2nd Venezuela Remote Sensing Satellite – VRSS 2. The next generation of launchers are heavy-lift Long March 5, light-class 6 and medium-lift 7. SpaceX has scheduled the launch of 5,000-kg U.S. Air Force reusable spaceplane X-37B on its fifth orbital flight Sep 7 from Kennedy Space Center FL pad 39-A. This will be the 41st launch of Falcon 9, the second launch of the upgraded full thrust Block 4 design and the first Falcon 9 launch of X-37B. The 2 active solar-powered Orbital Test Vehicles (OTVs) perform long-duration operations between 177-805 km altitude. The USA-Russia venture International Launch Services is planning the 415th launch of Proton rocket Sep 9 with Breeze M upper stage to ...

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