Summary: 21.Oct.2020 - 27.Oct.2020

LAUNCHES

New China launches reconnaissance satellites
27.Oct.2020 - Rocket: Chang Zheng-2C; Payload: three Yaogan 30-07 satellites, Tianqi-6; Date: 26 October 2020, 1519 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. The satellites were deployed into 588 km x 604 km x 35.00 degrees orbits. >>>

New New launch date set for commercial crew launch
27.Oct.2020 - NASA and SpaceX are now targeting 15 November, 0049 UTC for the launch of the first crew rotation mission to the International Space Station as part of the agency's Commercial Crew Program. >>>

New Momentus announces service agreement for Gran Systems NUTSAT
27.Oct.2020 - Momentus Inc. and Gran Systems announced a service agreement for Gran System's 2U CubeSat NUTSAT to fly on Momentus' December 2020 Vigoride demo mission. >>>

Third GLONASS-K satellite in orbit
26.Oct.2020 - Rocket: Soyuz-2.1b/Fregat; Payload: GLONASS-K No.15L (Uragan-K No.15L); Date: 25 October 2020, 1908 UTC; Launch site: Plesetsk, Russia. Spacecraft separation into a 19,125 km x 19,150 km x 64.81 degrees orbit occurred a little over three and a half hours after launch. >>>

Atlas V launch set for 3/4 November
26.Oct.2020 - The launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 531 carrying the NROL-101 mission for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office is scheduled for 3/4 November 2020. >>>

Second Starlink launch within seven days
25.Oct.2020 - Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: 60 Starlink satellites; Date: 24 October 2020, 1131 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. The Starlink satellites deployed approximately 1 hour and 3 minutes after lift-off. It was the 14th launch of operational Starlink satellites and the 15th Starlink flight overall. >>>

All solid motors for Vega-C complete qualification tests
25.Oct.2020 - The solid rocket motors built for Vega-C under contract to Avio have all completed the hot fire tests to qualify them for flight. >>>

ABL performs stage test of RS1 launch vehicle
22.Oct.2020 - ABL Space Systems has completed integrated stage testing of the RS1 small satellite launch vehicle. Testing was performed on the RS1 second stage with the in-house designed E2 liquid rocket engine at the Area 1-56 test site on Edwards Air Force Base. >>>

SATELLITES

New First satellites for Skylark constellation under construction
27.Oct.2020 - Thales Alenia Space has signed the first phase of a contract with NorthStar Earth and Space Inc., a Canadian space-based information services company, to start the development and production of the first three smallsat satellites that are part of the world's first commercial space-based environmental and near-space monitoring system. >>>

OSIRIS-REx collects significant amount of asteroid material
25.Oct.2020 - Two days after touching down on asteroid Bennu, NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission team received images that confirm the spacecraft has collected more than enough material to meet one of its main mission requirements - acquiring at least 60 grams of the asteroid's surface material. However, the lid for the collector at the end of the probe's arm where the fragments are being stored has been slightly wedged open by larger rocks, creating a leak. >>>

Satellites fuelled for next Vega launch
22.Oct.2020 - The two European satellite passengers to be orbited on Arianespace's next Vega launch - Spain's SEOSAT-Ingenio and Taranis of France - have been fuelled in preparation for next month's lift-off from the Spaceport in French Guiana. >>>

Spainsat NG successfully passes Preliminary Design Review
22.Oct.2020 - The Spainsat NG programme, owned and operated by Hisdesat, has successfully passed the preliminary design review (PDR) of the payloads and the full satellite, including PDR of Pacis 3 elements. Spainsat NG is being manufactured by a consortium of four co-primes from Airbus in Spain and France, and Thales Alenia Space in Spain and France. >>>

Roskosmos wants import-free space sector by 2025
22.Oct.2020 - Russia's space sector will no longer depend on imported goods by 2025, Russian state space corporation Roskosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin was quoted as saying. >>>

OSIRIS-REx briefly touches asteroid Bennu
21.Oct.2020 - NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft unfurled its robotic arm on 20 October 2020 and briefly touched an asteroid to collect dust and pebbles from the surface for delivery to Earth in 2023. >>>

FEEDS & LINKS

Mynaric to provide optical inter-satellite link terminals to Telesat
21.Oct.2020 - Mynaric has been selected by Telesat to supply multiple units of its CONDOR optical inter-satellite link terminals to DARPA's Blackjack Track B programme. >>>