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Vega | ADM-Aeolus

Arianespace | FRA
Aug. 21, 2018, 9:20 p.m.
Earth Science

ADM-Aeolus is an Earth observation satellite build by Airbus Defense and Space for ESA. Its goal is to directly observe wind profiles from space on a global scale and provide data that could improve weather forecasting and advance understanding of atmospherics dynamics and climate. The Aeolus satellite weighs around 1366 kg and will fly in low sun-synchronous orbit at about 400 km altitude. There it will be monitoring weather around the world for 3 years.


Falcon 9 Block 5 | Telstar 18 VANTAGE

SpaceX | USA
Aug. 24, 2018, 3:33 a.m.

Telstar 18 VANTAGE, or Telstar 18V, is a communications satellite built by Space Systems Loral for the canadian satellite operator Telesat. The satellite is to be provide coverage to the Asia Pacific region.


Long March 3B / YZ-1 | Beidou-3 M11 & Beidou-3 M12

China Aerospace Corporation | CHN
Aug. 25, 2018, midnight
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


LauncherOne | Test Flight

Virgin Orbit | USA
Aug. 31, 2018, midnight

X-Ray Astronomy Recovery Mission (XARM) is a replacement for the Hitomi satellite that malfunctioned few weeks after the launch. Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) is a lunar probe that will target a landing on a small crater in Mare Nectaris, an area located near the moon’s equator on the side facing Earth.


Ariane 5 ECA | Azerspace-2/Intelsat-38 & Horizons 3e

Arianespace | FRA
Sept. 7, 2018, 9:56 p.m.

Azercosmos-2/Intelsat-38 is a geostationary telecommunications satellite. As the name suggests, satellite will be used jointly by Azercosmos and Intelsat. Horizons-3e, also known as IS-H3e, is a high throughput geostationary communications satellite ordered by Horizons Satellite, a joint venture of Intelsat and SKY Perfect JSAT Group. The spacecraft is designed and manufactured by Boeing on the Boeing-702MP platform.

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