The juggernaut of China’s 2018 launch effort marches on, with the launch of a weather satellite today.
The article also notes that China will do at least two more June launches.
In June we can expect at least two other orbital launches from China. From Xichang, a Long March-3B/Y1 will launch of a new pair of navigation satellites and China is also preparing the launch of the PRSS-1 (Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite) that will take place from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center using a Long March-2C/SMA, together with the PakTES-1 satellite.
The leaders in the 2018 launch standings:
This launch once again puts China in a tie with the U.S. in the national rankings, 17 launches each.
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