Ariane 5 Rocket Launches 3 Spacecraft Into Orbit From Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana
Europe’s Ariane 5 has delivered two telecom satellites Galaxy-30 and BSAT-4B, and the Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV-2), into their planned transfer orbits. Galaxy-30, with a launch mass of 3298 kg, was the first to be released after about 27 minutes. Galaxy-30 is owned by Intelsat and will deliver high-performance broadcast distribution capabilities, including ultra-high definition and over-the-top streaming media, while also supporting broadband, mobility and enterprise network solutions.
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China launches a new rocket, inching closer to the space station
According to the reports from stat-run news agency Xinhua, China's latest large carrier rocket made its first successful flight Tuesday, marks an important step in the nation's plan to build a space station. The new rocket model is a variant of the Long March-5 and can carry larger payloads -- up to 22 tonnes into low-Earth orbit.
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China’s lunar exploration program taking new steps to bring back moon samples
Chief designer of China's lunar exploration program, Wu Weiren, claimed that China is all set to launch its Chang’e-5 probe in the year 2020. This probe will be sent by Long March-5 carrier rocket and will bring lunar samples back to Earth. Orbiting, landing and returning were the three main phases of the lunar exploration program. With the development of Chang'e-5 probe the last phase is expected to be accomplished soon.
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