Summary: 19 Jun 2019 - 25 Jun 2019

LAUNCHES

New First Falcon Heavy mission for U.S. DOD successfully launched
25 Jun 2019 - Rocket: Falcon Heavy; Payload: STP-2; Date: 25 June 2019, 0630 UTC; Launch site: Kennedy Space Center. >>>

New China launches 46th navigation satellite
25 Jun 2019 - Rocket: Chang Zheng-3B/G2; Payload: Beidou-3I2 (IGSO-2) [aka Beidou-46]; Date: 24 June 2019, 1805 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. After in-orbit tests, the new satellite will work with those BDS satellites already in orbit to improve the coverage and positioning accuracy of the system. >>>

Delay of the day: Atlas V/AEHF-5
24 Jun 2019 - The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the AEHF-5 mission for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center is delayed, due to a vehicle battery failure discovered during final processing. >>>

Next satellite in the European Data Relay System arrives in Kourou
23 Jun 2019 - The second satellite to join the constellation that forms the European Data Relay System (EDRS) has arrived at its launch site in Kourou, French Guiana. >>>

Delay of the day: Proton/Spektr-RG
23 Jun 2019 - The launch of a Proton-M/Block DM-03, which is planned to deliver the Spektr-RG space observatory to orbit, has been delayed to a backup date, Russia's Roskosmos State Space Corporation said.- >>>

Second Ariane 5 launch of 2019 successful
20 Jun 2019 - Rocket: Ariane 5 ECA; Payload: AT&T T-16 [f.k.a. DirecTV 16], Eutelsat 7C; Date: 20 June 2019, 2143 UTC; Launch site: Kourou, French Guiana. For its second launch of the year, Ariane 5 successfully placed the two telecommunications satellites into geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). >>>

OneWeb launches from Vostochny to start in 2020
20 Jun 2019 - Russia's Vostochny space centre in the Far East will start launches under the OneWeb programme in early 2020, Russia's Center for Operation of Space Ground-Based Infrastructure (TsENKI) said. >>>

SpinLaunch secures first launch services contract
19 Jun 2019 - SpinLaunch has announced that the company has been awarded a responsive launch prototype contract from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), facilitated by the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). >>>

European reusable launch systems for more sustainability in spaceflight
19 Jun 2019 - The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and five European companies have teamed up in the RETro Propulsion Assisted Landing Technologies (RETALT) project to jointly advance the research and development of key technologies for European vertical-landing launch vehicles. >>>

SATELLITES

Yamal-601 communications satellite now in geostationary orbit
24 Jun 2019 - Thales Alenia Space and Gazprom Space Systems announced that the Launch Early Operation Phase (LEOP) has been successfully completed and that the Yamal-601 communications satellite is now in the nominal geostationary orbit (GEO) at the right position. >>>

NASA selects missions to study Sun, its effects on space weather
24 Jun 2019 - NASA has selected two new missions to advance our understanding of the Sun and its dynamic effects on space. One of the selected missions will study how the Sun drives particles and energy into the solar system and a second will study Earth's response. >>>

Eutelsat 7C performing according to plan after launch
23 Jun 2019 - Maxar Technologies announced that the all-electric Eutelsat 7C communications satellite, built for Eutelsat is performing according to plan. >>>

LockMart selected for next phase of a small spacecraft mission
23 Jun 2019 - Lockheed Martin has been selected to design dual small deep space spacecraft to visit near-earth asteroids in a mission called Janus, led by the University of Colorado Boulder. >>>

ESA's new mission to intercept a comet
20 Jun 2019 - 'Comet Interceptor' has been selected as ESA's new fast-class mission in its Cosmic Vision Programme. Comprising three spacecraft, it will be the first to visit a truly pristine comet or other interstellar object that is only just starting its journey into the inner Solar System. >>>

NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission breaks another orbit record
20 Jun 2019 - NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft recently performed another significant navigation maneuver--breaking its own world record for the closest orbit of a planetary body by a spacecraft. >>>

Thales Alenia Space, HEMERIA partner on nano satellite market
20 Jun 2019 - HEMERIA and Thales Alenia Space have signed a partnership agreement on the nano-satellite market. >>>

Newtec collaborates with QinetiQ, marking move into space sector
19 Jun 2019 - Newtec, a specialist in the design, development and manufacture of equipment for satellite communications, has announced it is working with QinetiQ on two key projects as it enters the Belgian space market. >>>

LAW & ORDER

Guidelines for long-term sustainability of outer space activities
23 Jun 2019 - During its 62nd session, the Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) adopted a preamble and 21 guidelines for the long-term sustainability of outer space activities. >>>

BUSINESS

Harris Corporation and L3 Technologies set closing date for merger
23 Jun 2019 - Harris Corporation and L3 Technologies announced that they have received the necessary regulatory approvals for their all-stock merger and have set a closing date of 29 June 2019. >>>

Boeing Space and Launch HQ moving to Florida's Space Coast
19 Jun 2019 - Boeing announced it is relocating the headquarters of its Space and Launch division to Titusville, on Florida's revitalised Space Coast. >>>

FEEDS & LINKS

New UK Space Agency teams with O2 on driverless cars
25 Jun 2019 - The UK Space Agency is joining forces with mobile communications giant O2 to develop next generation technology needed for driverless cars. >>>

RESEARCH

Smallsat launchers to generate US$2.2 billion in revenue by 2028
23 Jun 2019 - NSR's Smallsat Launch Vehicle Markets, 2nd Edition report, concludes the dedicated commercial small satellite launch market will see a rapid ramp-up period resulting in over US$2.2 billion in revenue over the next 10 years, overcoming supply chain constraints, new technology risks, and solidifying its place in the market as a proven competitor. >>>