Summary: 15 Apr 2019 - 20 Apr 2019

FAILURES

Intelsat 29e total loss after anomalies
18 Apr 2019 - Intelsat has declared its IS-29e satellite a total loss. >>>

LAUNCHES

New China launches Beidou 3 navsat
20 Apr 2019 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 3b/G2; Payload: Beidou-3I1Q (IGSO-1) [Beidou 44]; Date: 20 April 2019, 1441 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. This is the 44th satellite of the constellation and the first Beidou-3 satellite in inclined geosynchronous Earth orbit. >>>

Arianespace to launch SAR satellite StriX-a aboard Vega
18 Apr 2019 - Arianespace announced the signing of a launch service contract with Synspective for the launch of the satellite StriX-a (with a lift-off mass of approximately 150 kg) into a Sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) in 2020.# >>>

Northrop Grumman completes CRS-1 contract with Cygnus launch
17 Apr 2019 - Rocket: Antares; Payload: NG CRS-11; Date: 17 April 2019, 2046 UTC; Launch site: Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, Wallops Island, USA. The Cygnus cargo vessel reached its target orbit approx. nine minutes after lift-off. >>>

FORMOSAT-7 spacecraft arrive at launch site
17 Apr 2019 - NSPO in Taiwan have shipped six FORMOSAT-7 satellites to the U.S. in preparation for their launch on Falcon Heavy later this year, according to SSTL, which provided the satellites' buses. >>>

AGI, USSTRATCOM enter into SSA sharing agreement
17 Apr 2019 - Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) and U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) have signed an agreement for space situational awareness (SSA) services and data. The SSA Sharing agreement enables AGI, including its Commercial Space Operations Center (ComSpOC), and USSTRATCOM to exchange SSA information and services in a streamlined process. >>>

GLONASS-M satellite readies for launch
16 Apr 2019 - A GLONASS-M navigation satellite, designed and built by ISS-Reshetnev Company, has arrived at the Plesetsk cosmodrome. >>>

Sea Launch venture may be moved from U.S. to Russia's Far East
16 Apr 2019 - The redeployment of the Sea Launch space launch venture from the U.S. State of California to Russia's Far East may be discussed soon, a Russian space industry source was quoted as saying by Sputnik news agency. >>>

Virgin orbit to use Guam for low-inclination launches
15 Apr 2019 - Virgin Orbit announced that the Pacific island of Guam will become an additional launch site for the company's LauncherOne service. >>>

Roskosmos, S7 mull developing reusable commercial launch vehicle
15 Apr 2019 - Russia's State Space Corporation Roskosmos and S7 Group are planning to develop the Soyuz-5 Light reusable launch vehicle based on the Soyuz-5 rocket, Roskosmos General Director Dmitry Rogozin was quoted as saying. >>>

SATELLITES

New Cygnus completes rendezvous and berthing with International Space Station
20 Apr 2019 - Northrop Grumman Corporation announced that the "S.S. Roger Chaffee" Cygnus spacecraft successfully completed its rendezvous and berthing manoeuvres with the International Space Station. The mission marks the company's 11th successful berthing with the orbiting laboratory. >>>

New Boeing awarded contract for WGS-11
20 Apr 2019 - The Boeing Co. has been awarded a not-to-exceed US$605,000,000 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract for the production of the Wideband Global Satellite Communication Space Vehicle 11, according to an announcement by the U.S. Department of Defense. >>>

China opens Chang'e-6 mission for international payloads
18 Apr 2019 - China announced a co-operation plan for its future Chang'e-6 mission, offering to carry a total of 20-kg solicited payloads, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA). >>>

Kepler, Magellan to fly Smart Radiator Device on satellite mission
16 Apr 2019 - Kepler Communications, a Canadian satellite telecommunications provider, and Magellan Aerospace Corporation have signed a Letter of Intention to fly a Smart Radiator Device (SRD) on Kepler's third satellite, scheduled for launch later this year. >>>

Space Flight Laboratory reaches century milestone in microspace operations
16 Apr 2019 - Microspace missions developed and launched by Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) have achieved 100 cumulative years of on-orbit operations. Over two decades, SFL has developed 25 nano- and microsatellites that have been launched for space science, Earth observation, communication, radio frequency geolocation, environmental monitoring, technology demonstration, and ship detection. >>>