On November 1, 2018 at 15:57 UTC the "Chang Zheng-3B” (Long March-3B) rocket-carrier was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Xichang, southwest China's Sichuan Province. The rocket orbited the “Beidou-3 GEO-1” navigation satellites.
On October 27, 2018 at 04:08 UTC the Japanese H-2A rocket was launched from Tanegashima Cosmodrome situated at the island located 115 km south of Kyushu. Kyushu is the third largest island of Japan and most southwesterly of its four main islands. The rocket orbited the “Ibuki-2”, Japan’s second Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite. Five other satellites from Japan, the United Arab Emirates and the Philippines accompanied the “Ibuki-2” on the flight.
On October 27, 2018 at 08:00 UTC, the three-stage “Zhuque-1” rocket was launched by a Chinese start-up named LandSpace from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, Gansu Province, the northwest of China. The rocket on its inaugural flight was to orbit a microsatellite but the rocket failed to place its payload into orbit.
On October 25, 2018 at 03:15 Moscow time the “Soyuz-2.1B” rocket-carrier was launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Arkhangelsk region, North Russia. The launch was performed by Russian Aerospace Defence Forces. The rocket orbited the “Kosmos-2528” satellite. The satellite payload is the fourth “Lotos S1” military intelligence satellite built for the Russian Ministry of Defense. The Russian Defense Ministry designed the new satellite “Kosmos-2528”, using the Russian military’s catch-all naming scheme for defense and intelligence spacecraft.
On October 25, 2018 at 06:57 Beijing time the “Long March – 4B” (“Changzheng-4B”) rocket-carrier was launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi Province. The rocket orbitedthe “Haiyang-2B” oceanography satellite.
On October 20, 2018 at 01:45 UTC the “Ariane-5” rocket-carrier was launched from Kourou Cosmodrome in French Guiana. The rocket boosted a pair of satellites into space for a seven-year plunge into the inner solar system. The voyage will require seven planetary flybys to slow down enough in the sun’s gravitational clutches to slip into orbit around hellish Mercury. The “BepiColombo” mission consists of 2 orbital space vehicles: Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO, Mio) and Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO).
On October 17, 2018 the "Atlas-5” rocket-carrier was launched from SLC-41 of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA. The launch was performed by United Launch Alliance supported by the 45th Space Wing of US Air Force. The rocket orbited AEHF-4 (Advanced Extremely High Frequency) military telecommunication satellite.
On October 15, 2018 at 04:23 UTC the "Chang Zheng-3B” (Long March-3B) rocket-carrier was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Xichang, southwest China's Sichuan Province. The rocket orbited Beidou-39 and Beidou-40 navigation satellites.
On October 11, 2018 at 08:40 UTC the Russian “Soyuz MS-10” spacecraft was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The space vehicle was to be orbited by the Russian “Soyuz-FG” rocket-carrier. The spacecraft was piloted by 2 cosmonauts: Commander, Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin (right) and American astronaut Tyler Hague.
Photo by Russian Cosmonaut training center.
The “Soyuz MS-10” spaceflight aborted shortly after launch due to a failure of the “Soyuz-FG” launch vehicle boosters. It was intended to transport two members of the Expedition 57
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