Tim often gets asked interesting and thought-provoking questions, such as "Why don't they just launch rockets from the top of a mountain?" Another common question that crops up is "Why don't they just launch rockets from the equator?" In this article, we try to answer these questions for you.
On March 12, the Russian Ministry of Defense is launching the 2nd satellite in the Olymp-K series to Geosynchronous Earth Orbit. It is launching on board a Proton-M rocket with a Briz-M upper stage, from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
SpaceX is launching a communications satellite to Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) for Inmarsat, the leading satellite communications company. This satellite, I-6 F2, is the second of two in the I-6 series of satellites, and is different from almost all previous satellites operated by Inmarsat. This satellite will operate in both the L-band and Ka-band.