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March 25-31, 2019 / Vol 38, No 12 / Hawai`i Island, USA

22 Mar 2019, 20:19 UTC
March 25-31, 2019 / Vol 38, No 12 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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China to Attempt 1st Commercial Orbital Launch, May Expand International Collaborations via ILOA Galaxy Forum Hainan 2020 Feb 11-14

The first-ever orbital launch attempted by a commercial company in China is planned by OneSpace on March 25, launching the OS-M1 rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 40° N. Its payload is ZeroG Lab Lingque 1B remote sensing CubeSat which is the 2nd of 3 demonstrators for the planned Magpie constellation of 132 6U CubeSats. OneSpace, founded 2015 with CEO Shu Chang, is in competition with other China solid rocket startups LandSpace, LinkSpace, and ExPace. In Washington DC on March 29, Secure World Foundation is hosting “US-China Engagement in Space” to discuss future possibilities for the 2 countries to engage further in Space while addressing commercial, civil and national security issues. Participants include Victoria Samson, Mike Gold, Brian Weeden and Audrey Shaffer. International Lunar Observatory Association, based in Hawai’i, is re-setting Galaxy Forum Hainan to February 11-14, 2020 at Hilton Wenchang, overlooking the newest Zhongguo spaceport at 19° N. The conference will aim to advance international Human Moon Landings 7 thru 11 and Astronomy from the Moon. While China operates the only working spacecraft on the Moon and plans to ...

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