Sometimes this happens

According to this Reuters release, the launch of a Chinese Long March 4B rocket ended not so well for a Brazilian/Chinese satellite.  The launch occurred yesterday, but it sounds like the rocket failed to get to the right altitude/orbit for the satellite payload. It doesn’t sound like this will stop the aggressive pace of the […]

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Surprise Chinese launch places another “experimental” satellite in orbit

Yup, the Chinese decided to surprise everyone with the launch of a Long March 4b, according to this NASASpaceflight.com article.  I can’t even imagine the hullabaloo this created on our SBIRS (Space Based Infrared System) operators if this rocket’s intense heat source was really not expected.  Imagine seeing something emerge from a not-so-friendly country–something big that […]

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