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Summary: 18 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017


 LAUNCHES Up 

New Russia launches GLONASS replacement satellite
22 Sep 2017 - Rocket: Soyuz 2.1b; Payload: GLONASS-M52 [Uragan-M No.52S, Kosmos 2522]; Date: 22 September 2017, 0002 UTC; Launch site: Plesetsk, Russia. The launch and orbiting was carried out without any emergency, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. All systems of the spacecraft operate normally. >>>

New Delay of the day: Atlas V/NROL-42
22 Sep 2017 - The ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the NROL-42 mission for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office has been delayed. >>>

New Demonstrator 3 linear aerospike engine ready to start tests
22 Sep 2017 - The ground test stand and aerospike engine for the Demonstrator 3 rocket are ready for tests at ARCA Space Corporation. The effort was completed in 60 days since the start of fabrication. The results of the ground and test flight will be used by ARCA for the Haas 2CA Single Stage to Orbit rocket that is scheduled to be launched in 2018 from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. >>>

New launch date for Ariane 5
21 Sep 2017 - Arianespace's ninth launch of 2017 is now scheduled for 29 September between 2147 and 2225 UTC on a dual-payload Ariane 5 mission to geostationary transfer orbit with Intelsat 37e and BSAT-4a. >>>

Satellites for 3rd Iridium NEXT Launch onsite at VAFB
21 Sep 2017 - Iridium Communications announced that all 10 Iridium NEXT satellites for the third launch are onsite at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California. Pre-launch processing activities are underway, which includes mating them to the dispensers, fuelling and encapsulation within the fairing. >>>

CNES, ArianeGroup step up cooperation in launch vehicles sector
20 Sep 2017 - On 15 September, CNES and ArianeGroup--the lead contractor for the Ariane family of launch vehicles--signed an agreement to step up their co-operation. >>>

New launch date for U.S. spy satellite
18 Sep 2017 - United Launch Alliance said that everything is progressing toward the ULA Atlas V NROL-42 launch. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New China's cargo spacecraft leaves orbit
22 Sep 2017 - China's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, has been deorbited. >>>

ASTROSCALE and JAXA agree to counteract space debris
21 Sep 2017 - ASTROSCALE Japan Inc. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency have signed a joint research agreement regarding the removal of space debris. >>>

Ball Aerospace completes TEMPO spectrometer testing
21 Sep 2017 - The Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) instrument, designed and built by Ball Aerospace for NASA, has completed spectrometer testing and verification. >>>

EchoStar 105/SES-11 shipped to Cape Canaveral
20 Sep 2017 - SES, EchoStar Corp., and Airbus Defence and Space announced that the new EchoStar 105/SES-11 spacecraft, built by Airbus, has been shipped from the Airbus facilities in Toulouse, France, to Cape Canaveral, Florida, for its forthcoming launch by SpaceX in October. >>>

Lockheed Martin announces new family of satellite buses
19 Sep 2017 - Lockheed Martin debuted a new family of satellite buses from nanosats to high-powered satellites. The company said the lineup incorporates dozens of major enhancements and hundreds of common components that speed production and reduce cost. >>>

SSL to help USAF test, validate scenarios for hosting payloads
19 Sep 2017 - SSL announced it was selected by Innoflight, Inc., a business specialising in electronics systems for Defense & Aerospace, to provide a high fidelity simulation environment for testing the security of hosted payloads on commercial satellites. >>>

Hibernation over, New Horizons continues its Kuiper Belt cruise
18 Sep 2017 - NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has exited from a five-month hibernation period as scheduled. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

Northrop Grumman to acquire Orbital ATK for US$9.2 billion
18 Sep 2017 - Northrop Grumman Corporation and Orbital ATK, Inc. announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Northrop Grumman will acquire Orbital ATK for approximately US$7.8 billion in cash, plus the assumption of US$1.4 billion in net debt. >>>

 

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