Summary: 15 Mar 2018 - 21 Mar 2018


New New crew on two-day trip to ISS
21 Mar 2018 - Rocket: Soyuz-FG; Payload: Soyuz MS-08 [Soyuz 54S]; Date: 21 March 2018, 1844 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The crewed vessel was launched on a two-day flight to the International Space Station. >>>

Sentinel-3B arrives at Plesetsk Cosmodrome
19 Mar 2018 - The Sentinel-3B satellite was shipped from Thales Alenia Space's Cannes plant last week. >>>

China launches another imaging satellite
18 Mar 2018 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 2D; Payload: Land Survey Satellite 4 (Ludikancha Weixing 4, LKW-4); Date: 17 March 2018, 0710 UTC; Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre, China. China's main space contractor CASC confirmed that launch had been successfully towards a 500 km altitude Sun-synchronous orbit less than an hour after lift-off. >>>

Air Force awards launch services contracts to SpaceX and ULA
15 Mar 2018 - The U.S. Air Force announced the award of two Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) launch service contracts. >>>


Europe's next science mission to focus on nature of exoplanets
20 Mar 2018 - Ariel, the Atmospheric Remote-sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey mission, was selected by ESA as part of its Cosmic Vision plan. The mission addresses one of the key themes of Cosmic Vision: What are the conditions for planet formation and the emergence of life? >>>

Raytheon in final phase of GPS OCX software build
20 Mar 2018 - Raytheon Company's GPS Next-Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX, is in its final software development phase. This phase focuses on increasing automation and building controls for both L1C, a civilian GPS signal aimed at increasing international access, and M-code, a military GPS signal with better anti-jam capability. >>>

GovSat-1 satellite goes operational
19 Mar 2018 - GovSat-1 has entered operational service, to provide secure communications to governmental and institutional users. GovSat-1 is the first satellite of GovSat, a public private partnership between the Government of Luxembourg and satellite operator SES. >>>

Aerojet Rocketdyne ships Starliner re-entry thrusters
18 Mar 2018 - Aerojet Rocketdyne recently completed delivery of all of the crew module engines for Boeing's Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner spacecraft. >>>

CASIC plans space-based Internet with 80 satellites
18 Mar 2018 - The Fourth Academy of the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), the main contractor for the Chinese space programme, officially unveiled a new subordinate entity to build space-based Internet services using 80 small satellites. >>>

Landsat 9 completes CDR
15 Mar 2018 - Orbital ATK has been given approval to begin building the NASA Landsat 9 spacecraft after completing a comprehensive design review of the mission. Landsat 9, a land surface mapping satellite, will collect space-based images and data that serve as valuable resources for researchers in areas that include agriculture, land use mapping, and disaster relief. Orbital ATK is designing and manufacturing the satellite, integrating two government-furnished instruments, and supporting launch, early orbit operations and on-orbit check-out of the observatory. >>>

Airbus launches photonics payload technology project - OPTIMA
15 Mar 2018 - Airbus has launched the OPTIMA project, which will deliver a proof of concept demonstrator for the use of photonic payloads in telecommunications satellites. >>>

TAS ships instrument for EarthCARE satellite mission
15 Mar 2018 - Thales Alenia Space has shipped the broadband radiometer (BBR), a scientific instrument for the European Space Agency's Earth Cloud Aerosol and Radiation Explorer (EarthCARE) satellite mission. Designed and built by Thales Alenia Space in the United Kingdom, it was shipped to satellite prime contractor Airbus integration centre in Friedrichshafen, Germany. >>>


New SpaceDataHighway starts full Copernicus service
21 Mar 2018 - The Airbus-operated SpaceDataHighway has begun regularly relaying data from the Sentinel-2A satellite, after the successful end of the commissioning period. This marks the start of the SpaceDataHighway service using all four Copernicus Sentinel satellites and the beginning of a new era for space-based imagery users. >>>





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