Summary: 12 May 2019 - 16 May 2019

LAUNCHES

New Delay of the day: Falcon Heavy/Starlink
16 May 2019 - SpaceX postponed the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the first 60 satellites for his new Starlink Internet service, citing excessive winds over the Florida launch site. >>>

MT Aerospace, ArianeGroup sign Ariane 6 development contracts with ESA
14 May 2019 - The European Space Agency (ESA) signed two contracts for technology maturation with MT Aerospace AG, an affiliate of the listed OHB SE space and technology group and with ArianeGroup, lead contractor for Ariane 6. >>>

Rocket Crafters signs agreement with RUAG Space
14 May 2019 - Rocket Crafters, a Florida-based space startup, has signed an agreement with RUAG Space to use RUAG components. >>>

SLS begins insulation process for booster segments for 2nd flight
13 May 2019 - NASA and Northrop Grumman technicians have applied insulation to the final booster motor segment for the second flight of NASA's deep space rocket, the Space Launch System, and NASA's Orion spacecraft. >>>

RISAT launch set for 22 May
12 May 2019 - The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said the PSLV-C46, on its 48th mission, would launch RISAT, a radar imaging Earth observation satellite, on 22 May. >>>

STP-2 launch aboard Falcon Heavy now scheduled for June
12 May 2019 - The long-delayed U.S. Department of Defense's Space Test Program-2 (STP-2) mission, carrying 24 payloads aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch vehicle, is now scheduled to lift-off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center on 22 June 2019. >>>

ULA receives Delta IV launch contract from U.S. Air Force
12 May 2019 - United Launch Services has been awarded a US$149.4 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract for National Security Space Launch Delta IV heavy launch services. >>>

Rocket Lab to launch rideshare mission for Spaceflight
12 May 2019 - Rocket Lab announced that its next flight will launch multiple spacecraft on a mission procured by satellite rideshare and mission management provider, Spaceflight. The launch window will open in June, with launch taking place from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand's Mahia Peninsula. >>>

SATELLITES

New Very High Throughput Satellite ready to pump heat
16 May 2019 - Thales Alenia Space has delivered the first Spacebus Neo payload module structure, including the first ever Mechanically Pumped Loop (MPL) to be mounted on a telecommunication satellite designed for 15 years of in-orbit service. It will be flown on the SES-17 satellite that is due to start service operations in 2021. >>>

New York Space Systems successfully completes bus commissioning of S-CLASS
16 May 2019 - York Space Systems announced that it has successfully completed bus commissioning of its S-CLASS spacecraft platform from its Multi-Mission Operations Center (M-MOC) located in Denver, Colorado. >>>

Reprogrammable satellite takes shape
15 May 2019 - The payload and platform of the first European satellite that can be completely reprogrammed after launch have been successfully joined together. >>>

Raytheon to install GPS OCX modernised monitoring station receivers
15 May 2019 - Raytheon Company's GPS Next-Generation Operational Control System programme, known as GPS OCX, completed final qualification testing of the system's modernised monitor station receivers, which are now ready to be installed around the world starting in August. >>>

MDA to deliver search and rescue repeaters for GPS satellites
13 May 2019 - MDA, a Maxar company, has been awarded an initial contract value of C$39 million with Public Services and Procurement Canada. >>>

ESA, GomSpace to adapt and improve smallsat subsystems for deep space
12 May 2019 - GomSpace and ESA have signed a contract to adapt and improve smallsat systems and subsystems for science missions in deep space. >>>

BUSINESS

New Eutelsat Communications revenues Q3 FY 2018-19
16 May 2019 - Eutelsat Communications reported revenues for the third quarter ending 31 March 2019. >>>

Inmarsat shareholders back US$3.4 billion takeover
12 May 2019 - Investors in Inmarsat voted to sell the British satellite firm to a private equity-led consortium for US$3.4 billion following a recommendation from the company's board that the offer was fair and reasonable. >>>

Maxar Technologies Inc. results Q1 2019
12 May 2019 - Maxar Technologies Inc. reported financial results for the quarter ending 31 March 2019. >>>

FEEDS & LINKS

New Eutelsat America Corp. to participate in NASA study
16 May 2019 - Eutelsat America Corp., a subsidiary of Eutelsat Communications has been selected by NASA for the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships-2 (NextSTEP-2) as part of the NASA Space Relay Partnership and Services Study. >>>

New NOAA awards Harris GOES-R ground segment contract extension
16 May 2019 - The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded Harris Corporation a three-year, US$284 million sole-source extension on the ground segment contract supporting Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) -R Series weather satellites - bringing new technologies that support increased capabilities. >>>

RESEARCH

22nd State of the Satellite Industry Report released
12 May 2019 - The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) released the 2019 State of the Satellite Industry Report at an industry briefing. >>>