Mid-Year Global Launch Report: China & USA Continue to Battle for Lead

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying the NROL-47 mission lifts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base. (Credit: ULA)

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

The world’s launch providers were extremely busy in the first half of 2018, with China and the United States battling for the lead.

There with 55 orbital launches through the end of June, which amounted to a launch every 3.29 days or 79 hours. The total is more than half the 90 launches attempted in 2017. With approximately 42 missions scheduled for the last six months of the year, the total could reach 97. (more…)

ISRO Loses Contact with Communications Satellite

GSLV Mk. II launches the GSAT-6A satellite. (Credit: ISRO)

ISRO is trying to restore contact with the GSAT-6A military communications satellite that it launched last week.

The space agency said contact was lost on April 1 as the spacecraft was preparing for a third and final burn of its onboard motor to place it in a planned geosynchronous orbit.

GSAT-6A was launched aboard a GSLV Mk. II booster from Satish Dhawan on March 31. ISRO did not report any anomalies with the launch.