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This week in launches

By: RocketGirl
It's been another exciting week in the world of rocket launches! We started off on Monday with a surprise launch out of China. A Long March 2C launched out of Jiuquan Space Center Monday morning carrying Shijian 11-06 to orbit. All that is known about the satellite's mission is that it is conducting scientific experiments. The NORAD Catalog (or SSC) number for the satellite is 39624 and it is currently available in the STK satellite database. There were two launches on Thursday. First was the Atlas V out of Vandenberg carrying Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Flight 19 to orbit. DMSP-19 has been waiting 15 years to launch because the satellites that came before extended their life expectancy and it hasn't been needed. The NORAD catalog (SSC) number for this mission is 39630 and it is currently available in the STK satellite database. A Soyuz also launched on Thursday out of Guiana Space Center in French Guiana with the European Sentinel 1A Earth observation satellite. This is the first satellite in the Copernicus program which is a joint effort between the European Space Agency and the European Commission. Four more satellites are slated to join Sentinel 1A by 2015. Finally, today we saw the launch of India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) out of the Satish Dhawan Space Center carrying IRNSS 1B, the second satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System. Things are looking up at the Eastern Range where it seems that the Atlas V with NROL-67 satellite will launch no earlier than April 10. Looks like SpaceX may try and launch the Falcon 9 on April 14 with a cargo craft headed to the ISS.
Posted: 4/4/2014 9:00:30 PM