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JAPANESE SS-520 ROCKET FAILS TO DELIVER PAYLOAD TO ORBIT IN INAUGURAL LAUNCH
Monday, January 16, 2017
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The SS-520 miniature launch vehicle

Source: JAXA


The SS-520 miniature launch vehicle

Source: JAXA


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UCHINOURA SPACE CENTER, Japan - According to a statement released by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) the inaugural launch of its SS-520 has ended in failure. The SS-520 lifted off from the Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture carrying a miniature Earth observation satellite on January 15 at 8:33 a.m. JST (January 14 at 11:33 p.m. UTC; 6:33 p.m. EST).

While the first stage operated nominally, the launch was aborted after JAXA was unable to receive telemetry data from the second stage of the launch vehicle, and therefore made the decision to halt ignition of the system.

The SS-520 is the smallest launch vehicle that can carry a payload into orbit. Based on JAXA sounding rockets, the launch vehicle has a height of 10 meters (35 feet) and a diameter of 50 centimeters (20 inches). The two-stage rocket can carry a 140 kilogram payload up to an 800 kilometer altitude. It is part of JAXA's efforts to lower launch costs.

For the January mission, the SS-520 was carrying the TRICOM 1 satellite. Developed by the University of Tokyo, TRICOM 1 is a 3U CubeSat with a launch mass of 3 kilograms that was planned to collect Earth observation data.

Source:  JAXA
Associated URL: http://www.jaxa.jp/press/2017/01/20170115_ss-520-4_j.html
Source Date: January 16, 2017
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 01/16/2017

 
 
SUCCESSFUL TEST FIRING OF GUIDED PINAKA
Thursday, January 12, 2017
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Guided Pinaka's first launch

Source: DRDO


Guided Pinaka's first launch

Source: DRDO


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NEW DELHI - The Pinaka rocket converted to a Guided Pinaka was successfully test-fired from Launch Complex-III, ITR, Chandipur Jan. 12.

The Pinaka Rocket Mark-II, which evolved from Pinaka Mark-I, is equipped with a navigation, guidance and control kit and has been transformed to a Guided Pinaka. This conversion has considerably enhanced the range and accuracy of Pinaka.

The test-firing has met all mission objectives. The radars, electro-optical and telemetry systems at Chandipur tracked and monitored the vehicle all through the flight-path.

The Guided Pinaka is developed jointly by ARDE Pune, RCI Hyderabad and DRDL Hyderabad. ITR Chandipur provided the range and launch support.

Source:  DRDO
Source Date: January 12, 2017
Posted: 01/13/2017

 
 
CHINESE KUAIZHOU-1A LIFTS OFF FOR THE FIRST TIME ON COMMERCIAL MISSION
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
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Kuaizhou-1A lifting off with Jilin-1 (03) and 2 CubeSats

Source: CASIC


Kuaizhou-1A lifting off with Jilin-1 (03) and 2 CubeSats

Source: CASIC


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JIUQUAN LAUNCH CENTER, China - China's Kuaizhou-1A launch vehicle has lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. Liftoff occurred on January 9 at 12:11 a.m. local time (January 8 at 4:11 p.m. UTC; 11:11 a.m. EST) with three payloads.

Kuaizhou-1A is operated by Expace, a subsidiary of CASIC founded to provide low-cost commercial launches. The goal of the subsidiary is to capture business is the small satellite market. As that market expands, new launch providers are starting up to capture market share. Expace will compete with companies like Virgin Galactic and Rocket Lab.

Still, the company blurs the line between commercial and government. CASIC is the fourth academy in China's state-owned enterprise system, so while Expace will operate with more transparency than is typically for a Chinese company, it will still ultimately be owned by the Chinese government.

The Kuaizhou-1A is four-stage launch vehicle based on a modified Dong Feng 21 missile design and uses solid-fuel. Expace will charge $10,000 per kilogram. It can deliver up to 430 kilograms to LEO or 200 kilograms to a 700 kilometer sun-synchronous orbit. The rocket is easily transportable and can be fueled quickly for rapid reaction missions.

The primary payload for the January 9 mission was the Jilin-1 (03) satellite, which will be part of a civil remote sensing satellite constellation. The other two payloads are CubeSats, designated Xingyun Shiyan-1 and Caton-1.

Source:  CASIC
Associated URL: http://www.casic.com.cn/n103/n139/c3194224/content.html
Source Date: January 11, 2017
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 01/11/2017

 

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