STS-107 special report
Long March 11 launches smallsats
Posted: Sat, Jan 20 5:44 PM ET (2344 GMT)
China launched six small satellites on a Long March 11 Friday. The rocket lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 11:10 pm EST Thursday (0410 GMT Friday), the fourth Chinese launch this month. The primary payload was a pair of Jilin-1 high-resolution Earth imaging satellites for Chinese company Chang Guang Satellite. The rocket carried four smaller satellites, including a cubesat developed by a Canadian company, Kepler Communications.

Long March 2D launches reconnaissance satellite
Posted: Sat, Jan 20 5:42 PM ET (2342 GMT)
A Long March rocket launched the third in a series of imaging satellites January 13. The Long March 2D lifted off at 2:10 am EST (0710 GMT) and placed into orbit the LKW-3 satellite. Chinese media said that the satellite, like two others launched last month, will be used for land resources observations, but is likely to have military applications.

Tuesday, January 23

Monday, January 22
Kepler confirms health of LEO Ku-band cubesat
Space News — 9:22 pm ET (0322 GMT)
Space agency to pick those with the right stuff
China Daily — 4:03 am ET (1003 GMT)

Sunday, January 21

Friday, January 19
Long March 11 in multiple satellite launch — 6:05 pm ET (0005 GMT)
China’s ambitions in space are growing
The Economist — 5:30 am ET (1130 GMT)

Thursday, January 18