December 2019

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

Improved Chang Zheng 5 returns to flight – Satellite News Digest

Rocket: Chang Zheng 5 Y3; Payload: Shijian-20 (SJ-20); Date: 27 December 2019, 1245 UTC; Launch site: Wenchang Space Launch Center, China. The experimental satellite SJ-20 was deployed into supersynchronous transfer orbit some 36 minutes after lift-off. [This was likely the last satellite launch of 2019.–Ed.]

Rokot launched for the last time – Satellite News Digest

Rocket: Rokot/Briz-KM; Payload: Gonets No.24, Gonets No.25, Gonets No.26, BLITS-M; Date: 26 December 2019, 2311 UTC; Launch site: Plesetsk, Russia. Three satellites were placed into approx. 1,500 km x 82,52° orbits. One (BLITS-M?) was tracked in a 1,182 km x 1,503 km x 82.52° orbit.