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Summary: 15 Jul 2018 - 19 Jul 2018


 LAUNCHES Up 

Russia to launch serial production of Angara rockets
18 Jul 2018 - The serial production of Angara rockets will begin from 2023 at the Polyot Production Association in the West Siberian city of Omsk from 2023, CEO of Russia's State Space Corporation Roskosmos Dmitry Rogozin said. >>>

Roskosmos, Energia sign contract for Soyuz-5
18 Jul 2018 - State Corporation Roskosmos has signed a government contract with RSC Energia for the development of the new-generation medium Space Rocket System (SRS) with Launch Vehicle (LV) Soyuz-5. >>>

Next Galileo launch set for 25 July
17 Jul 2018 - For its fourth launch of the year, Arianespace will orbit four more satellites (satellites 23 to 26) for the Galileo constellation. This mission is being performed on behalf of the European Commission under a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA). >>>

P120C solid rocket motor successfully tested
16 Jul 2018 - The P120C was successfully tested on 16 July in Kourou, French Guiana, on the BEAP test bench for solid rocket motors, operated by the French space agency CNES. This successful test of the first P120C ever produced is a major step in the development of the future European launchers, Ariane 6 and Vega-C. >>>

NanoRacks completes 5th external Cygnus deployment
16 Jul 2018 - NanoRacks on 15 July successfully deployed six CubeSats from the company's CubeSat deployer mounted on the outside of the Cygnus spacecraft. This brings the overall count to 223 small satellites deployed into low-Earth orbit. >>>

LockMart to help UK Space Agency build 1st commercial spaceport
16 Jul 2018 - The UK Space Agency has selected Lockheed Martin to help implement its vision for the UK Spaceflight Programme. >>>

Europe's next Galileo satellites in place atop Ariane 5
15 Jul 2018 - Europe's next Galileo satellites have been put in place on top of the Ariane 5 launcher due to lift them from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on 25 July. >>>

Launch schedule of the H-II Transfer Vehicle KOUNOTORI7
15 Jul 2018 - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have announced a launch date for the H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 7 (H-IIB F7) which carries aboard the H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI7" (HTV7), the cargo transporter to the International Space Station (ISS). >>>

Successful qualification of high thrust Vikas Engine
15 Jul 2018 - A high thrust version of the Vikas Engine was successfully qualified through a ground test for a duration of 195 seconds at ISRO Propulsion Complex (IPRC), Mahendragiri, Tamilnadu. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

Astrobotic selects Dynetics as propulsion provider for lunar lander
18 Jul 2018 - Astrobotic announced that the company has selected Dynetics of Huntsville, Alabama as the propulsion provider for its Peregrine Lunar Lander. >>>

Raytheon gets $59 million for work on JPSS ground system
16 Jul 2018 - NASA awarded Raytheon's Intelligence, Information and Services business US$59 million for additional work on NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System Common Ground System project. The changes are necessary to launch America's next polar satellite, JPSS-2, in 2021. >>>

NanoRacks completes 14th CubeSat deployment mission from ISS
15 Jul 2018 - NanoRacks successfully completed the 14th CubeSat Deployment mission from the company's commercially developed platform on the International Space Station. Having released nine CubeSats into low-Earth orbit, this mission marks NanoRacks' 185th CubeSat released from the Space Station, and 217th small satellite deployed by NanoRacks overall. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

MDA announces acquisition of Neptec Design Group
17 Jul 2018 - MDA, a Maxar Technologies company (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.), announced it has acquired Neptec Design Group Ltd. (Neptec), an electro-optical and electro-mechanical systems and high-performance intelligent Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) company for C$42 million, comprised of approximately C$8 million in cash and the balance in Maxar common shares. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

ATLAS Space Operations to support BlackSky constellation
18 Jul 2018 - ATLAS Space Operations, Inc., a company that provides satellite communications as a service through a software-driven, high data flow global antenna network, announced that BlackSky has selected ATLAS to provide telemetry, commanding, and data support for its high-revisit, Earth imaging constellation of satellites. >>>


 NAMES Up 

Northrop Grumman announces CEO transition
15 Jul 2018 - Northrop Grumman chairman and chief executive officer Wes Bush announced that he will step down from the position of chief executive officer effective 1 January 2019. He will remain chairman through July 2019. >>>

 

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