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Ariane 5 ECA | BepiColombo

Arianespace | FRA
#BepiColombo
Oct. 20, 2018, 1:45 a.m.
Planetary Science

BepiColombo is a joint mission of the ESA and the JAXA to the planet Mercury. The mission comprises two satellites to be launched together: the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO). The mission will perform a comprehensive study of Mercury, including its magnetic field, magnetosphere, interior structure and surface.


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Pegasus XL | Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON)

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems | USA
#NASAICON
Oct. 26, 2018, 8:05 a.m.
Earth Science

Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) is a NASA mission to study Earth's thermosphere and ionosphere and the connection between space weather and weather on our planet. Mission is planned to last for two years.


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Zhuque-1 | Weilai-1 (Future-1)

LandSpace | CHN
Oct. 27, 2018, midnight
Planetary Science

The satellite is operated by China Central Television (CCTV) and is intended to carry out scientific expermients and perform Earth observation. Weilai-1 is expected to operate in sun-synchronous orbit for two years.


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H-IIA | KhalifaSat & GOSAT-2

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency | JPN
Oct. 29, 2018, 4:08 a.m.
Earth Science

KhalifaSat is an Earth observation satellite for UAE. KhalifaSat will provide high-resolution imagery of Earth to be used for various purposes, including urban planning, change monitoring, area classification, monitoring environmental change and aiding relief efforts for natural disasters GOSAT 2 (Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite 2) is a Japanese satellite dedicated to greenhouse gas measurement from space. It's a follow on to the GOSAT mission and includes such improvements as an ability to gather more precise data and monitor carbon monoxide concentrations.


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Long March 2C | CFOSAT

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Oct. 30, 2018, midnight
Earth Science

CFOSAT (China-France Oceanography SATellite) is a joint mission of the Chinese (CNSA) and French (CNES) space agencies with the goal to monitor the ocean surface winds and waves and to provide information on related ocean and atmospheric science and applications. The primary objective of CFOSAT is to monitor on a global scale the wind and waves at the ocean surface.


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