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Summary: 16 Jun 2017 - 22 Jun 2017


 FAILURES Up 

Chang Zheng 3B leaves ChinaSat 9A in useless orbit
19 Jun 2017 - China's Zhongxing-9A [ChinaSat 9A] communications satellite, launched atop a Chang Zheng 3B rocket, did not reach its planned orbital destination on 18 June. The rocket lifted off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 1611 UTC. >>>

AMC-9 suffers 'significant anomaly'
19 Jun 2017 - SES announced that, following a significant anomaly, the company is in the process of transferring capacity from its AMC-9 satellite. >>>


 LAUNCHES Up 

New ArianeGroup signs contract with ESA to develop Prometheus
22 Jun 2017 - The European Space Agency and Airbus Safran Launchers, the 50/50 joint-venture set up by the Airbus and Safran groups, which will become ArianeGroup have signed the first tranche of the development contract for the future Prometheus LOx-methane engine. >>>

Orbital ATK completes Orion Launch Abort System milestone
21 Jun 2017 - Orbital ATK has completed analysis of the critical components demonstrated in the Orion Launch Abort System Attitude Control Motor (ACM) test conducted at the company's Elkton, Maryland, facility. Results from the test indicate the motor's HT-11 'High Thrust' test was fully successful. >>>

First launch contract for Vega C
20 Jun 2017 - Airbus Defence and Space and Arianespace announced the signature of the launch services contract for the next generation of very-high-resolution optical observation satellites. >>>

PSLV-C38 / Cartosat-2 pre-launch details
19 Jun 2017 - India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its 40th flight (PSLV-C38), will launch the 712-kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for Earth observation and 30 co-passenger satellites into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) on 23 June 0359 UTC. >>>

OHB Italia, Arianespace sign contract to launch PRISMA
19 Jun 2017 - OHB Italia Spa and Arianespace announced the signature of the launch contract for the Italian Space Agency's PRISMA (PRecursore IperSpettrale della Missione Applicativa) satellite. [Not to be confused with a Swedish satellite named Prisma that was launched in 2010.--Ed.] >>>

Delay of the day: BulgariaSat-1
19 Jun 2017 - SpaceX said the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket with BulgariaSat-1 aboard, previously scheduled for today, was delayed to no earlier than 23 June. >>>

Orion launch abort motor successfully tested
16 Jun 2017 - Orbital ATK, along with NASA and Lockheed Martin, successfully performed a ground firing test of the abort motor for NASA's Orion spacecraft Launch Abort System (LAS) at Orbital ATK's facility in Promontory, Utah. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New ViaSat-2 completed chemical orbit raising
22 Jun 2017 - ViaSat Inc. announced that following the successful launch of the ViaSat-2 satellite on 1 June 2017, the satellite has now completed additional major milestones including the chemical orbit raising phase of the programme; and deployment of its solar arrays. >>>

New OHB, SSTL to build final 8 Galileos
22 Jun 2017 - The European Space Agency has signed a contract with OHB as the prime contractor to build eight more satellites for its Galileo satnav system. Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd is in charge of the navigation payloads. >>>

New Harris delivers weather satellite instrument to South Korea
22 Jun 2017 - Harris Corporation has delivered an advanced digital weather satellite instrument to the Korea Aerospace Research Institute that will help forecasters safeguard people in the region from typhoons and other severe weather. >>>

ESA, European space industry join forces on 'Satellite for 5G'
21 Jun 2017 - ESA and 16 satellite industry leaders have signed a joint statement on their collaboration over 'Satellite for 5G'. >>>

TAS electronics from Belgium chosen for Electra platform
21 Jun 2017 - Thales Alenia Space has signed its first contract with OHB to provide new-generation electronic equipment, made in Belgium, for the Electra platform. >>>

Orbital completes Mission Extension Vehicle PDR
20 Jun 2017 - Orbital ATK announced the completion of its Rendezvous, Proximity Operations and Docking (RPOD) system preliminary design review. The RPOD system comprises the sensors, actuators and control algorithms which allow for the detection, tracking, and safe approach to a client spacecraft. >>>

Magnetic space tug could target dead satellites
20 Jun 2017 - Derelict satellites could in future be grappled and removed from key orbits around Earth with a space tug using magnetic forces, the European Space Agency said. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

Thales Alenia Space takes stake in Airstar Aerospace
19 Jun 2017 - Thales Alenia Space confirmed its acquisition of a minority stake in French company Airstar Aerospace, a leader in the construction of airships and flexible structures of all types and operating at all altitudes. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

New EchoStar Mobile, Thales partner on mobile satellite connectivity
22 Jun 2017 - EchoStar Mobile Limited, a subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation and Thales announced that they are collaborating to jointly develop advanced mobile satellite voice and data services for security forces and first responders dealing with emergency situations in France and throughout Europe. >>>

New Launch of Eutelsat's Konnect Africa broadband service
22 Jun 2017 - The Konnect Africa broadband venture set up by Eutelsat Communications has this month officially launched new-generation services, starting in Benin, Cameroon, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda. >>>

Thales and Inmarsat successfully conclude GX tests
20 Jun 2017 - In May 2017, Inmarsat and Thales executed a series of tests that successfully demonstrated communications using Thales' System 21 on Inmarsat's Global Xpress (GX) high-capacity steerable antennas. >>>

 

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