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News Archive / Author: Tomasz Nowakowski

Tomasz Nowakowski is the owner of Astro Watch, one of the premier astronomy and science-related blogs on the internet. Nowakowski reached out to SpaceFlight Insider in an effort to have the two space-related websites collaborate. Nowakowski's generous offer was gratefully received with the two organizations now working to better relay important developments as they pertain to space exploration.

Articles By Tomasz Nowakowski

  • China sends BeiDou-3 M13 and M14 navigation satellites into orbit

    September 20th, 2018

    Using a Long March 3B rocket, China orbited a pair of BeiDou-3 spacecraft for its homegrown satellite navigation system. Liftoff took place at 10:07 a.m. EDT (14:07 GMT / 10:07 p.m. local time) Sept. 19, 2018.

  • New Kounotori 7 launch date announced by JAXA

    September 19th, 2018

    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), together with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), announced a new launch date for Japan’s Kounotori 7 cargo flight to the International Space Station.

  • British Earth-observing satellites launched atop India’s PSLV booster

    September 16th, 2018

    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched its flagship Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) carrying SSTL S1-4 and NovaSAR-1—two British Earth observation satellites.

  • HTV-7 launch rescheduled to September 15

    September 12th, 2018

    Weather issues continue to plague JAXA's attempts to send an array of critical supplies to the ISS - including some which could reschedule important activities at the station.

  • China conducts surprise launch of Long March 2C with Haiyang-1C marine satellite

    September 8th, 2018

    China launched a Long March 2C booster on a mission to deliver the Haiyang-1C marine satellite into space. The rocket lifted off at 11:15 p.m. EDT Sept. 6 (11:15 a.m. local time / 03:15 GMT Sept. 7), 2018, from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in China’s Shanxi Province.

  • Japanese Kounotori 7 to deliver new batteries to International Space Station

    September 8th, 2018

    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is preparing its seventh resupply spacecraft bound for the International Space Station for a Sept. 10, 2018, liftoff. The mission, designated HTV-7, is slated to deliver more than six metric tons of cargo to the orbiting outpost.

  • Chinese startup launches three CubeSats into space

    September 6th, 2018

    I-Space, a Beijing-based space startup, successfully launched on Wednesday, Sept. 5, its SQX-1Z rocket carrying three CubeSats. The flight marked the first time when a private Chinese company sends satellites into space.

  • Construction of 2nd launch pad at Vostochny Cosmodrome underway

    September 3rd, 2018

    Russian media outlets have reported that construction of a second launch pad at Vostochny Cosmodrome in the country’s Far East is underway. The new pad, designated Site 1A and dedicated for Angara rocket launches, is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

  • Two new BeiDou-3 navigation satellites launched atop Long March 3B

    August 26th, 2018

    On Saturday, August 25, China successfully launched its Long March 3B booster carrying two new BeiDou-3 spacecraft to replenish China's homegrown satellite navigation network.

  • Russian space industry suffers from another scandal

    August 23rd, 2018

    On Aug. 19, 2018, the Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR) informed that three top executives of the state-run rocket manufacturer RKK Energia have been detained for fraud. This is yet another scandal in the Russian space industry in recent years.

  • Vega soars into the sky with ESA’s Aeolus wind-monitoring satellite

    August 22nd, 2018

    Arianespace successfully sent Europe’s wind-monitoring satellite named Aeolus to orbit on Wednesday, Aug. 22. The France-based firm used the smallest launch vehicle in its catalog, Vega, to carry out the first part of Aeolus's mission underway.

  • India aims to send its first crewed mission to space by 2022

    August 20th, 2018

    India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled on Wednesday, August 15, an ambitious plan to send the first Indian to space by 2022. The announcement was made when he was addressing the nation during Independence Day celebrations at the historic Red Fort in Delhi.

  • Angara rocket family to replace Proton launchers NET 2024

    August 17th, 2018

    Angara rockets could fully replace Russia’s long-serving Soviet-era Proton launch vehicles as early as 2024. This is according to an industry official, who made the remark at an aerospace conference in the city of Kazan.

  • UK’s first spaceport could launch 2,000 satellites by 2030

    August 16th, 2018

    The British government has revealed an ambitious plan to launch around 2,000 satellites by 2030 from its future spaceport in Sutherland, Scotland. The new agenda envisions about four satellite launches a week from the new site.

  • High-speed cameras show MOMO-2 launch failure in unprecedented detail

    August 15th, 2018

    Japanese startup Interstellar Technologies Inc. (IST) has revealed a high-definition video of the June 30 unsuccessful launch of its MOMO-2 rocket. The new footage, captured by industrial high-speed cameras shows the failure in unprecedented detail.