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Summary: 09 Jan 2019 - 15 Jan 2019


 FAILURES Up 

New Iranian satellite launch fails
15 Jan 2019 - Iran launched a satellite on 15 January but the spacecraft failed to reach orbit, state television quoted the telecommunications minister as saying. >>>

New Russian space telescope still not responding
15 Jan 2019 - Another attempt to restore control over Russia's radio telescope Spektr-R has failed, Alexander Bloshenko, adviser on science to the chief of Russia's state space corporation Roskosmos, was quoted as saying. >>>

NASA continues efforts to fix Hubble's WFC-3 instrument
14 Jan 2019 - NASA said it continues to work toward recovering the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3 instrument, which suspended operations on Tuesday, 8 January. >>>

Cosmic radiation possible cause of Spektr-R failure
14 Jan 2019 - The Spektr-R space radio telescope's transmission device failure may have been caused by cosmic radiation accumulated in the spacecraft's electronics during the past eight years, a source in the Russian space industry was quoted as saying by TASS. >>>

Wide Field Camera 3 anomaly on Hubble Space Telescope
09 Jan 2019 - At 1723 UTC on 8 January the Wide Field Camera 3 on the Hubble Space Telescope suspended operations due to a hardware problem, NASA said in a brief statement- >>>


 LAUNCHES Up 

New CGWIC signs launch agreement with Satellogic
15 Jan 2019 - China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) announced a Multiple Launch Services Agreement (MLA) with Satellogic. >>>

New Russia to complete military satellite constellation Blagovest in April
15 Jan 2019 - The launch of the fourth and last military communications satellite of Russia's Blagovest constellation is tentatively planned for April, a source in the space industry was quoted as saying. >>>

New D-Orbit to develop precise in-orbit CubeSat deployer
15 Jan 2019 - The European Space Agency (ESA) awarded D-Orbit SpA with a contract for the development of a precise in-orbit CubeSat deployer. >>>

China performs first satellite launch of 2019
12 Jan 2019 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 3B; Payload: Zhongxing-2D [ChinaSat-2D]; Date: 10 January 2019, 1711 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Centre, China. People's Liberation Army Daily, a military newspaper, confirmed the payload's delivery into geostationary transfer orbit 70 minutes later. >>>

Falcon 9 launch completes deployment of Iridium NEXT constellation
12 Jan 2019 - Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: 10 Iridium NEXT satellites; Date: 11 January 2019, 1531 UTC; Launch site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, USA. Falcon 9's first stage delivered the second stage to its targeted orbit followed by deployment of all 10 Iridium NEXT satellites approximately 1 hour and 12 minutes after launch. >>>

Both satellites for next Ariane 5 launch arrived in French Guiana
10 Jan 2019 - Building on operational success in 2018, payload preparations for Arianespace's first flight in the new year are moving ahead with this week's delivery of the mission's second satellite, GSAT-31, to French Guiana - joining the Saudi Geostationary Satellite 1/Hellas Sat 4 (HS-4/SGS-1), which arrived earlier in January. >>>

ANGELS launch contract signed
09 Jan 2019 - Arianespace and the French space agency CNES announced that they have signed a launch contract for the first nanosatellite completely built by French industry, called ANGELS (ARGOS Néo on a Generic Economical and Light Satellite). >>>

Arianespace to launch French astronomy cubesats in 2019
09 Jan 2019 - Arianespace and the French CNES space agency announced the signature of a launch services contract for the EyeSat Cubesat, an astronomy mission that will study zodiacal light as well as image the Milky Way. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

First Spacebus Neo service module assembled
14 Jan 2019 - On 27 December 2018, Thales Alenia Space assembled the avionics and Xenon propulsion modules to form the service module of the first Spacebus Neo satellite, KONNECT, a high throughput satellite ordered by Eutelsat. >>>

Airbus receives DARPA contract in support of Blackjack programme
14 Jan 2019 - Airbus Defense and Space Inc. has been awarded a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a satellite bus in support of the Blackjack programme. >>>

ESA chooses Thales Alenia Space to lead the FLEX mission
14 Jan 2019 - Thales Alenia Space announced that it has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to lead the Fluorescence Explorer (FLEX) satellite mission. FLEX was selected in 2015 as ESA's eighth Earth Explorer mission, and is scheduled for launch in 2023. It will map the Earth's vegetation fluorescence to quantify photosynthetic activity using the FLORIS instrument. >>>

LockMart to sustain, modernise GPS ground control
14 Jan 2019 - The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin the GPS Control Segment Sustainment II (GCS II) contract to continue to sustain and further modernise the Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite constellation's ground control system through 2025. This is the follow-on contract to Lockheed Martin's current GCS contract awarded in 2013. >>>

Control of Spektr-R satellite lost
12 Jan 2019 - Roscosmos said its specialists are attempting to fix problems that have blocked control of the Spektr-R satellite radio telescope. >>>

SSL to define smallsat requirements for Environmental Defense Fund
10 Jan 2019 - SSL announced that it is leveraging Maxar's combined capabilities for a contract to define requirements for a small form-factor satellite that will monitor and measure methane emissions from oil and gas facilities around the world. >>>

Chang'e-4 switches on international instruments
10 Jan 2019 - China's Chang'e-4 probe has started carrying out a series of scientific research tasks involving multiple countries and organisations since it landed on the far side of the moon on 3 January, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced. >>>

SSTL completes Eutelsat QUANTUM platform
09 Jan 2019 - Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has completed the build of the platform for Eutelsat QUANTUM, the world's first geostationary telecommunications satellite that will be fully reconfigurable in orbit. >>>


 NAMES Up 

Maxar Technologies announces CEO transition
14 Jan 2019 - Maxar Technologies announced the appointment of Daniel Jablonsky as President and Chief Executive Officer of Maxar, effective immediately. >>>

 

 

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