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September 10-16, 2018 / Vol 37, No 37 / Hawai`i Island, USA

7 Sep 2018, 20:32 UTC
September 10-16, 2018 / Vol 37, No 37 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Four International Launches upcoming for ISS Delivery, Earth Observation and Communications Satellites

JAXA is scheduled to launch the 7th H-2 Transfer Vehicle (HTV-7), also called Kounotori “White Stork”, on H-2B rocket from Tanegashima Space Center September 10 to deliver cargo and experiments to six Expedition 56 crew members at ISS 4 days later. HTVs can hold up to 6,000 kg, more than twice that of Russia Progress. During ascent, JAXA will attempt the release at 300 km of HTV Small Re-entry Capsule containing protein crystal samples for recovery splashdown off the coast of Ogasawara Islands. SpaceX is planning 61st flight of a Falcon 9 with launch of Telstar 18 Vantage communications satellite to GTO from Cape Canaveral FL with 4-hour launch window starting 23:28 on Sep 8, and first stage recovery on OCISLY drone ship. ISRO Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle C42 mission is set to loft NovaSAR-S (synthetic aperture radar tech demo) and SSTL-S1 (high-res Earth observation) satellites, both built by SSTL, and secondary payloads Sep 16 from Satish Dhawan Space Center. United Launch Alliance at Vandenberg AFB CA will attempt the final launch of Delta 2 rocket Sep 15 to carry NASA ICESat 2 satellite for ice-sheet, sea-ice, and ...

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