Andy Law

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Epsilon-5 rocket carrying nine satellites lifts off from Uchinoura Space Center
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RAISE-3 | Epsilon PBS

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched RAISE-3 and 7 other payloads onboard an Epsilon rocket. A set of five CubeSats flew alongside the main payload. The launch was unsuccessful. The flight was terminated prior to third stage ignition.
Soyuz 2.1b launch from Vostochny Cosmodrome
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Gonets-M33, Gonets-M34, Gonets-M35 & Skif-D | Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M

Roscosmos is launching several Goniets-M communications satellites to a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) along with a Skif-D satellite to a Medium Earth Orbit (MEO), on a Soyuz 2.1b rocket featuring the optional Fregat-M final stage. It will launch from Vostochny Cosmodrome, in Far East Russia. This particular Soyuz rocket is using a relatively new fuel type on all of its booster stages. Instead of the conventional RP-1 kerosene-based fuel, it will use "naphthyl", also known as RG-1. This is a move that is currently only planned for launches from the Vostochny Cosmodrome.
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Glonass-K1 No. 17 | Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat

Russia is launching one of its GLONASS global positioning satellites to medium Earth orbit. It's going up on a Soyuz 2.1b rocket, from Plesetsk Cosmodrome, in the Archangel region of North West Russia. Soyuz has been the workhorse of the Soviet/Russian space program. The first launch of the Soyuz 2-1a version on November 8, 2004 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome represented a major step in the Soyuz launch vehicle’s development program. Fregat is the upper (4th) stage of Soyuz 2.1, and it first flew in the year 2000.