Summary: 16 Sep 2018 - 20 Sep 2018


New HTV7 launch again delayed by bad weather
20 Sep 2018 - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have postponed the launch of the H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 7 (H-IIB F7) which carries aboard the H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI7" (HTV7). >>>

New Arianespace to launch KOMPSAT-7
20 Sep 2018 - Arianespace has been selected by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute to launch KOMPSAT-7. Using a Vega C launcher, the mission will be conducted from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, from December 2021. >>>

New Rocket Lab signs launch contract for Kleos Space constellation
20 Sep 2018 - US orbital launch provider Rocket Lab has signed a contract with Luxembourg-based satellite technology company Kleos Space to launch the scouting mission satellites that will geolocate maritime radio to guard borders, protect assets and save lives. >>>

China launches twin BeiDou-3 satellites
19 Sep 2018 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 3b/ZY-1; Payload: Beidou-3M13, Beidou-3M14 [Beidou-37, Beidou-38]; Date: 19 September 2018, 1407 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. The satellites were successfully deployed approx. four hours after lift-off. >>>

New launch date set for KOUNOTORI7
19 Sep 2018 - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have updated launch schedule of 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). >>>

Chang Zheng-9 to fly in 2028
19 Sep 2018 - China plans to launch the heavy-lift carrier rocket Chang Zheng-9 in 2028, an official of China National Space Administration (CNSA) was quoted as saying. >>>

India launches two British satellites
16 Sep 2018 - Rocket: PSLV-C42 (core-alone version); Payload: NovaSAR, S1-4; Date: 16 September 2018, 16347 UTC; Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, India. Both satellites were injected into 583 km Sun Synchronous Orbit. >>>

Final Delta II rocket launches NASA's ICESat-2
16 Sep 2018 - Rocket: Delta II; Payload: Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2); Date: 15 September 2018, 1302 UTC; Launch site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, USA. This marks the final mission of the Delta II rocket, which first launched on 14 February 1989, and launched 155 times including ICESat-2. >>>

Launch of Japanese cargo vessel to the ISS postponed indefinitely
16 Sep 2018 - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have cancelled launch of the H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 7 (H-IIB F7) with the H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI7" (HTV7) aboard. >>>


New Airbus wins ESA studies for future human base in lunar orbit
20 Sep 2018 - The European Space Agency (ESA) has commissioned Airbus for two studies for possible European involvement in the future human base in lunar orbit. The Gateway, previously known as the Deep Space Gateway (DSG) or Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway (LOP-G), is a project involving the US, Russian, Canadian, Japanese and European space agencies (NASA, Roskosmos, CSA, JAXA and ESA). >>>

New GLONASS constellation now has 23 operational satellites
20 Sep 2018 - Russia's navigation satellite GLONASS-M number 754 has been withdrawn from the orbital group, which now consists of 23 operational satellites. >>>

RemoveDEBRIS space junk net capture success
19 Sep 2018 - RemoveDEBRIS began its experimental phase of its mission on 16 September with the deployment of the net to capture a deployed target cubesat. >>>

Horizons 3e and Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 pre-launch details
18 Sep 2018 - For its sixth launch of the year, Arianespace will orbit two telecommunications satellites using an Ariane 5 from the Guiana Space Center (CSG): Horizons 3e, installed as the upper passenger, for Intelsat and its partner Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation; along with Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38, as the lower passenger, for Azercosmos and Intelsat. >>>

ISRO to launch three more satellites
18 Sep 2018 - ISRO will launch three more satellites to provide high-speed bandwidth connectivity to rural areas as part of the government's Digital India programme, an official was quoted as saying. >>>

ESA chooses TAS to support Sentinel 2A and 2B data processing
18 Sep 2018 - Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to provide operations, maintenance and upgrade services for the Payload Data Ground Segment (PDGS) supporting the Sentinel 2A and 2B Earth observation satellites. >>>

SSTL confirms successful launch of NovaSAR-1 and SSTL S1-4
17 Sep 2018 - Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has confirmed the successful launch of two satellites, NovaSAR-1, a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite, and SSTL S1-4, a high resolution optical Earth Observation satellite. >>>

Solar Orbiter to leave factory for testing
17 Sep 2018 - The UK-built Solar Orbiter is preparing to leave the Airbus factory in Stevenage to travel to Germany for testing, ahead of its launch in 2020 from Cape Canaveral in Florida, USA. >>>

Undergo overhaul before OneWeb satellites launch
17 Sep 2018 - The assembly and testing facility of the Baikonur cosmodrome which will be used for the launch of OneWeb satellites atop Russian rockets will go through a reconstruction ahead of the beginning of the launches, a source at the cosmodrome was quoted as saying. >>>

U.S. Air Force announces selection of GPS III follow-on contract
16 Sep 2018 - The U.S. Air Force announced selection of Lockheed Martin for a fixed-price-type production contract for 22 GPS III Follow-On satellites with a total estimated contract value up to US$7.2 billion. >>>

GRACE-FO satellite switching to backup instrument processing unit
16 Sep 2018 - The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission team plans to switch to a backup system in the Microwave Instrument (MWI) on one of the twin spacecraft this month. Following the switch-over, GRACE-FO is expected to quickly resume science data collection. >>>


RSC Energia: New General Director elected
17 Sep 2018 - On 12 September, in an extraordinary general meeting held in the form of voting by correspondence, shareholders of RSC Energia elected Sergey Yurievich Romanov as the General Director of the Corporation. >>>





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