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March 19-25, 2018 / Vol 37, No 12 / Hawai`i Island, USA

16 Mar 2018, 20:18 UTC
March 19-25, 2018 / Vol 37, No 12 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Four Launches and Reentry of Tiangong-1 Expected Late March

Russia Soyuz MS-08 carrying Expedition 55/56 members Richard Arnold, Andrew Feustel, and Oleg Artemyev to join Anton Shkaplerov, Scott Tingle, and Norishige Kanai on the ISS, is expected to launch March 21 from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. On the same day at Kourou, French Guiana ELA-3 launch site, Arianespace Ariane 5 ECA (VA242) is set to launch the Superbird 8 / DSN1 hybrid telecommunications satellite for Tokyo-based SKY Perfect JSAT Corp., as well as the UK-based Avanti Communications owned Hylas 4 satellite. March 24 at the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India, the launch of ISRO GSLV Mk.2 with cryogenic upper stage will loft the 2,100-kg GSAT 6A satellite. This payload will contain several transponders and will demonstrate a 6-meter unfurlable antenna. Rocket Lab plans to launch the NASA VCLS / ELaNa XIX late March from Launch Complex 1 in Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand. This will be their first fully commercial launch with 12 CubeSats on the Electron Payload Plate, a customizable interface between Electron and its payload, enabling it to support multiple systems. The 8,500-kg CNSA Tiangong-1 is expected to reenter Earth atmosphere between 43°N and 43°S latitudes March 29 ...

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