Summary: 04.Jul.2020 - 08.Jul.2020

FAILURES

Update: Seven smallsats lost in Electron launch failure
05.Jul.2020 - Rocket Lab said that during the botched flight of its Electron rocket an "issue occurred approximately four minutes into the flight on July 4, 2020 and resulted in the safe loss of the vehicle. As a result, the payloads onboard Electron were not deployed to orbit." >>>

Seven smallsats lost in Electron launch failure
04.Jul.2020 - The launch of a Rocket Lab Electron rocket with several small payloads aboard failed owing to a problem with the rocket's second stage after lift-off from Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand, at 2119 UTC on 4 July 2020. >>>

LAUNCHES

New Delay of the day: Falcon 9/Starlink
08.Jul.2020 - Poor weather conditions have postponed SpaceX's tenth launch of Starlink satellites into orbit for the second time. >>>

New Preparations resume for upcoming Ekspress satellite launch
08.Jul.2020 - ISS-Reshetnev specialists have resumed preparing the Ekspress-80 and Ekspress-103 telecommunications satellites for launch. >>>

New 1st launch of Angara-A5 with RD-191M engine scheduled for 2023
08.Jul.2020 - A new modification of the RD-191 engine for Angara-A5 heavy rockets will be developed by 2023 and the rocket's first flight tests will take place that year, CEO of Energomash Research and Production Association (the producer of rocket engines) Igor Arbuzov was quoted as saying. >>>

Israel launches latest spy satellite
06.Jul.2020 - Rocket: Shavit 2; Payload: Ofek 16; Date: 6 July 2020, 0100 UTC; Launch site: Palmachim air base, Israel. The launch was successful, according to Israel Ministry of Defense (ImoD), which said that Ofek 16 is an electro-optical reconnaissance satellite with advanced capabilities. >>>

Update: China launches satellite for space environment study
06.Jul.2020 - The satellite launched aboard a Chang Zheng 2D on 4 July has the designation Shiyan-6 02, according to Jonathan McDowell of Jonathan's Space Report. >>>

China launches satellite for space environment study
05.Jul.2020 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 2D; Payload: Shiyan 6; Date: 4 July 2020, 2344 UTC; Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China. >>>

China launches high-resolution remote-sensing satellite
05.Jul.2020 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 4B (Y43); Payload: Gaofen, Xibaipo (BY 70-2); Date: 3 July 2020, 0310 UTC; Launch site: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, China. The satellites were deployed into approx. 630 km x 648 km x 98.02 degrees Sun-synchronous orbit. >>>

SATELLITES

L3Harris in classified U.S. Air Force satellite programme
07.Jul.2020 - L3Harris Technologies said it launched the latest in a demonstration series of end-to-end small satellites as part of a U.S. Air Force constellation the company is responsible for developing. However, few details were available as the programme is classified. >>>

LatConnect 60 introduces planned satellite constellation
07.Jul.2020 - Australian based company LatConnect 60 has has announced a global space partnership to build and deploy an Earth observation satellite constellation. >>>

Telespazio UK to develop EO data quality assurance analysis
07.Jul.2020 - Telespazio UK, a subsidiary of Telespazio, has been awarded a European Space Agency (ESA) contract to further develop a tool to automate quality assurance analysis of Satellite-based Earth Observation data products. >>>

NASA awards TSIS-2 spacecraft contract
06.Jul.2020 - NASA has awarded the Total and Spectral Solar Irradiance Sensor-2 (TSIS-2) Spacecraft contract to General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) Group of San Diego, California. >>>

Contracts awarded for development of 6 new Copernicus missions
05.Jul.2020 - Following the financial commitment from ESA Member States at last November's Council at Ministerial Level Space19+, ESA's industrial policy committee has approved contracts totalling €2.55 billion to forward the development of six new Copernicus satellite missions, each mission comprising two satellites, a development and a recurrent unit. >>>

OHB proposals for the Copernicus project selected by ESA
05.Jul.2020 - OHB System AG, a subsidiary of Bremen-based space and technology group OHB SE has been selected by the European Space Agency ESA as the prime contractor for the CO2M mission (CO2 Monitoring Mission in the Copernicus program). >>>

Ball Aerospace selected for 4 NOAA operational weather studies
05.Jul.2020 - Ball Aerospace was selected by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for four, six-month study contracts that will inform mission, spacecraft and instrument concepts for future operational weather architectures and Earth observation capabilities. Ball Aerospace is also collaborating on a fifth study contract awarded to L3Harris Technologies. >>>

LAW & ORDER

New Comtech files complaint against Gilat Satellite Networks
08.Jul.2020 - Comtech Telecommunications Corp. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Convoy Ltd. (together, "Comtech") announced that on 7 July 2020 it filed a complaint in the Delaware Court of Chancery against Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. ("Gilat"). >>>

BUSINESS

U.K. Government venture wins OneWeb sale
05.Jul.2020 - OneWeb announced that it has entered into an agreement with a consortium led by the British government (through the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy) and Bharti Global Limited ("Bharti") for the acquisition of the OneWeb business in connection with its court-supervised sale process. The bid is designed to capitalise the company sufficiently as a going concern to effectuate the full end-to-end deployment of the OneWeb system, the company said. >>>

FEEDS & LINKS

Viasat launches premium residential Internet service in Brazil
07.Jul.2020 - Viasat Inc. announced the availability of high-speed Internet service for residential customers in Brazil. Viasat expects to be the only satellite Internet service provider (ISP) that will be capable of making high-speed Internet available in 100% of the country, upon completion of the residential launch rollout. >>>