Summary: 14 Mar 2019 - 20 Mar 2019


New Arianespace's first Vega mission of 2019 approved for lift-off with PRISMA
20 Mar 2019 - The 14th Vega mission from French Guiana - which will orbit an Italian Space Agency Earth observation satellite - has been authorised for lift-off tomorrow following completion of its launch readiness review. >>>

New Russia may launch Luna-Glob probe in 2022-2024
20 Mar 2019 - Russia's Luna-Glob (Luna-25) probe may be launched in 2022-2024, Vice-President of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) Yuri Balega said. >>>

New Thales Alenia Space marks key milestone for the NanoRacks airlock module
20 Mar 2019 - Thales Alenia Space announced that its shell for NanoRacks' Airlock Module is ready to be shipped to NanoRacks' integration facilities in Houston, Texas. >>>

OneWeb books Ariane 6 launches
19 Mar 2019 - Ariane 6 will deploy satellites of the OneWeb constellation on its maiden flight. OneWeb has also booked options with Arianespace for two more Ariane 6 launches. >>>

Airbus DS enters MoU with Firefly Aerospace
19 Mar 2019 - Firefly Aerospace, Inc., a provider of economical and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft and in-space services, announced the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus) to develop new space launch solutions for Airbus customers. >>>

Delta IV launches 10th WGS satellite
17 Mar 2019 - Rocket: Delta IV; Payload: WGS-10 [Wideband Global SATCOM 10]; Date: 16 March 2019, 0026 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. >>>

Update: Soyuz MS-12 launched without problems
17 Mar 2019 - According to the flight programme, the Soyuz MS-12 rendezvous with the ISS was implemented using a four-orbit rendezvous profile. The approach and docking were performed in automatic mode under supervision of the ISS RS LOCT specialists at MCC and Russian crewmembers of the manned transportation spacecraft and the station. >>>

ESA greenlight for UK's air-breathing rocket engine
17 Mar 2019 - ESA, together with the UK Space Agency (UKSA) recently reviewed the preliminary design of the demonstrator engine core of the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE), which Reaction Engines will use to undertake ground-based testing at test facility at Westcott, Buckinghamshire, which is currently under construction. >>>

Soyuz-5 to start testing in 2022
17 Mar 2019 - The Progress Space Rocket Center has signed an agreement with the Center for the Certification of Rocket and Space Activity on certifying four Soyuz-5 medium-class rockets that will undergo flight tests in 2022-2025. >>>

Soyuz MS-12 launched without problems
14 Mar 2019 - Rocket: Soyuz 2-1a; Payload: Soyuz MS-12; Date: 14 March 2019, 1914 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The crewed vessel arrived at its target orbit less than nine minutes after liftoff. >>>

Chinese study tests stability of new solar cells in near space
18 Mar 2019 - Chinese researchers have found that perovskite solar cells can retain most of their power conversion efficiency in near space, providing perspectives on the new solar cells' future application in space. >>>

New Takeover bid for Inmarsat
20 Mar 2019 - Shares in Inmarsat Plc jumped 16% after the British satellite operator said it was in talks about a US$3.3 billion cash takeover approach from a private equity-led consortium. >>>

OneWeb secures $1.25 billion in new funding after successful launch
18 Mar 2019 - OneWeb said it has secured its largest fundraising round to date with the successful raise of US$1.25 billion in new capital. This brings the total funds raised to US$3.4 billion. This round was led by SoftBank Group Corp., Grupo Salinas, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., and the Government of Rwanda. >>>

LM develops world-first LTE-over-satellite system
14 Mar 2019 - Lockheed Martin said it has developed a new LTE-over-Satellite system designed to provide connectivity to remote regions, including areas without cellphone coverage, boats off-shore, or during natural disasters like hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, catastrophic floods or volcanoes. New hotspots connect existing phones to satellites for reliable 4G connections. >>>

Satellite capacity pricing plunges 18% from 2018-2019 - report
14 Mar 2019 - NSR's Satellite Capacity Pricing Index, 5th Edition (2019) finds accelerated pricing decline across operator segments, with a global average decline of 18% over the past 12 months. >>>






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