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Summary: 12 Jun 2018 - 18 Jun 2018


 LAUNCHES Up 

New ArianeGroup tests technology for next-gen upper stage engine
18 Jun 2018 - A full-scale demonstrator of the thrust chamber for an upper-stage rocket engine incorporating the newest propulsion technologies has successfully passed first hot firing tests at the DLR German Aerospace Center P3.2 test facility in Lampoldshausen. >>>

Russia launches navigation satellite
17 Jun 2018 - Rocket: Soyuz 2-1.b; Payload: GLONASS-M [Uragan-M No.756]; Date: 16 June 2018, 2146 UTC; Launch site: Plesetsk, Russia. The Russian Defense Ministry said that the navigation satellite reached its designated orbit. >>>

GSAT-11 cleared for launch
17 Jun 2018 - ISRO has cleared GSAT-11 for launch. The satellite was recalled from Kourou in French Guinea for thorough checks. The 5,700-kg GSAT-11 satellite was slated for launch on 26 May aboard an Ariane 5. >>>

Revised launch date targeted for Parker Solar Probe
17 Jun 2018 - NASA and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory are now targeting launch of the agency's Parker Solar Probe spacecraft no earlier than 4 August 2018. >>>

Iridium-7 target launch date announced
17 Jun 2018 - Iridium Communications Inc. announced that the seventh Iridium NEXT mission has been targeted by SpaceX for launch on 20 July 2018, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. >>>

Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully tests 3D-printed thrust chamber
13 Jun 2018 - Aerojet Rocketdyne said it recently achieved a significant milestone by successfully completing a series of hot-fire tests of an advanced, next-generation RL10 engine thrust chamber design that was built almost entirely using additive manufacturing; commonly known as 3-D printing. >>>

Galileo satellites pass fit check for Ariane 5 launch
13 Jun 2018 - The four Galileo satellites for Arianespace's next Ariane 5 mission at the service of Europe's navigation system are coming together in their flight configuration, while parallel preparations continue with the mission's heavy-lift launcher. >>>

Japan launches new radar observation satellite
12 Jun 2018 - Rocket: H-2A; Payload: IGS Radar 6; Date: 12 June 2018, 0420 UTC; Launch site: Tanegashima Space Center, Japan. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New NASA awards Short Wave Infra-Red Sensor Chip Assembly for WFIRST
18 Jun 2018 - NASA has awarded a contract to Teledyne Scientific & Imaging, LLC, Camarillo, California, for the Short Wave Infra-Red Sensor Chip Assembly (SCA) for the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) Project. >>>

Harris delivers environmental monitoring sensor for GOSAT-2
13 Jun 2018 - Harris Corporation has delivered an environmental monitoring sensor for the Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite-2 (GOSAT-2), which will significantly enhance Japan's ability to monitor greenhouse gases from space. >>>

Opportunity rover hit by massive Martian dust storm
13 Jun 2018 - NASA engineers attempted to contact the Opportunity rover today but did not hear back from the nearly 15-year old rover. >>>


 LAW & ORDER Up 

ESA Council endorses start of transition from Ariane 5 to Ariane 6
17 Jun 2018 - The ESA Council met in Paris to discuss the path towards the future exploitation of Ariane 6. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

New MEOSAR ground systems for Togo, Canada
18 Jun 2018 - Togo and Thales Alenia Space announced that they have signed a contract for a ground station to be installed in Lomé, Togo, to be used for the search and rescue (SAR) of persons in distress, mainly using the Galileo satellite positioning system. In related news, Canada has awarded Thales Canada Phase II of the MEOSAR (Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue) Ground Segment contract. >>>


 RESEARCH Up 

SIA releases 21st Annual State of the Satellite Industry Report
14 Jun 2018 - The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) has released the 2018 State of the Satellite Industry Report. The 2018 industry report, produced by Bryce Space and Technology, LLC, is derived from proprietary surveys of satellite companies, in-depth public information, and independent analysis which are combined to assess the performance of key satellite industry sectors including satellite services, manufacturing, ground equipment and launch services. >>>

 

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