December 2018

News on key developments at SupremeSAT, and general news on the Space and Satellite industry from across the web

Last Russian launch of 2018 successful – Satellite News Digest

Rocket: Soyuz-2.1a/Fregat; Payload: Kanopus-V No. 5, Kanopus-V No. 6, 26 small satellites; Date: 27 December 2018, 0207 UTC; Launch site: Vostochny, Russia. In accordance with the flight programme, the Fregat upper stage injected primary and piggyback payload satellites into low-Earth orbit.

China launches another mystery satellite – Satellite News Digest

Rocket: Chang Zheng 3C/G2; Payload: Tongxin Jishu Shiyan Weixing 3 (TJSW-3, TJS-3); Date: 24 December 2018, 1653 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. State media confirmed success of the launch 40 minutes later via social media, with the satellite inserted into geostationary transfer orbit.

Proton M lofts Russian milcomsat – Satellite News Digest

Rocket: Proton M/Briz-M; Payload: Blagovest No.13L [Kosmos-2533]; Date: 21 December 2018, 0020 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. "The upper stage of the Proton-M rocket, comprising the Briz-M booster and the Russian Defense Ministry’s spacecraft, separated as scheduled, at 03:30 Moscow time [0030 UTC]," the Defense Ministry said.