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Summary: 24 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017


 LAUNCHES Up 

Arianespace missions scheduled for May and June
26 Apr 2017 - The Spaceport in French Guiana has resumed its pace for Arianespace's busy 2017 mission manifest, with operations recommencing for the three subsequent launches - using two Ariane 5s and one Soyuz. >>>

Arianespace expected to resume launch activities soon
24 Apr 2017 - The Kourou spaceport in French Guiana can resume its operations after French and French Guianese officials signed an "Accord de Guyane" agreement, thus likely ending the social unrest that has disrupted public life and delayed rocket launches. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New TAS delivers METIS instrument, heat shield for Solar Orbiter
28 Apr 2017 - Thales Alenia Space announced two milestones in the Solar Orbiter mission to investigate the Sun and the heliosphere. It has completed construction of the heat shield on behalf of Airbus Defence and Space for the European Space Agency's Solar Orbiter spacecraft, and delivered to the Italian space agency ASI the scientific instrument METIS (Multi-Element Telescope for Imaging and Spectroscopy). >>>

Dawn observing Ceres; 3rd reaction wheel malfunctions
27 Apr 2017 - NASA's Dawn spacecraft is preparing to observe Ceres on 29 April from an "opposition" position, directly between the dwarf planet's Occator Crater and the Sun. While preparing for this observation, one of Dawn's two remaining reaction wheels stopped functioning on 23 April. >>>

GSAT-9 pre-launch details
25 Apr 2017 - The launch of India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F09) carrying GSAT-9 [aka South Asia Satellite], is scheduled on Friday, 5 May 2017 at 1127 UTC. >>>

Cassini completes final Titan flyby
25 Apr 2017 - NASA's Cassini probe is beginning its final set of 22 orbits around Saturn after the spacecraft made its 127th and final close approach to Titan on 21 April, passing at an altitud1e of about 979 kilometers above the moon's surface. >>>

Cygnus successfully completes rendezvous and berthing with ISS
24 Apr 2017 - Orbital ATK announced that its Cygnus spacecraft successfully completed rendezvous and berthing with the International Space Station. Known as OA-7, the mission marks the company's seventh cargo delivery mission under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-1) contract. Also on board are 38 small satellites. >>>

MUOS-5 legacy UHF payload operational
24 Apr 2017 - The fifth Lockheed Martin-built Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-5) satellite is now delivering secure, beyond-line-of-sight communications to troops with legacy Ultra High Frequency (UHF) radios. >>>

Aerojet Rocketdyne completes MR-104J qualification tests
24 Apr 2017 - Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. has successfully completed hot-fire qualification tests of an engine that demonstrates the ability to meet reusability requirements for Boeing's Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner crew module propulsion system. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

New SES S.A. results Q1 2017
28 Apr 2017 - SES S.A. announced financial results for the three months ended 31 March 2017. >>>

Intelsat S.A. results Q1 2017
27 Apr 2017 - Intelsat S.A. announced financial results for the three months ending 31 March 2017. >>>

Iridium Communications Inc. results Q1 2017
27 Apr 2017 - Iridium Communications Inc. reported financial results for the first quarter of 2017. >>>

Lockheed Martin Corporation (Space Systems) results Q1 2017
25 Apr 2017 - Lockheed Martin reported financial results for the first quarter 2017. >>>


 NAMES Up 

Erwin Hudson to lead Telesat's LEO satellite programme
27 Apr 2017 - Telesat announced that Erwin Hudson has joined the company as Vice President, Telesat LEO, reporting to President and CEO, Dan Goldberg. >>>

 

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