China successfully launches four satellites

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China today completed its fifth launch so far this year, placing three reconnaissance satellites, plus one nanosat, into orbit.

The 2018 launch standings:

5 China
1 SpaceX
1 Rocket Lab
1 Japan
1 India

Two past major players, Europe and Russia, remain launchless. However, later today Arianespace hopes to complete its first launch. Russia meanwhile has its first launch off scheduled for before the end of the month.


One comment

  • Edward

    Thank you, Robert, for the link to the live coverage of today’s Arianespace launch.

    As I write this, Areanspace has no confirmation that the satellites separated from the upper stage. Contact was lost when the upper stage went over the horizon, and it was not regained at the other downrange stations.

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