Summary: 02 May 2021 - 06 May 2021


New Isar Aerospace gets ESA money for Spectrum launcher
06 May 2021 - Isar Aerospace Technologies GmbH will receive €11 million from the 'Boost!' initiative of the European Space Agency's (ESA) Commercial Space Transportation Services and Support (C-STS) programme for the qualification of its Spectrum launcher and two demonstration flights. >>>

New MT Aerospace to qualify large 3D-printed components for space
06 May 2021 - The European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded MT Aerospace AG, a member of the OHB Group, a contract to set technical standards for additive manufacturing processes (3D printing) in the space sector. >>>

SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink satellites
04 May 2021 - Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: Starlink V1.0-L25 (60 satellites); Date: 4 May 2021, 1901 UTC; Launch site: Kennedy Space Center, USA. The Falcon 9 second stage completed two burns prior to payload deployment. The satellites, with a total mass of 15,600 kg, were deployed at an altitude of 290 km approx. one hour after lift-off. >>>

Virgin Orbit to launch from Alcântara, Brazil
03 May 2021 - The Brazilian Space Agency (Agência Espacial Brasileira; AEB) and Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira, FAB) announced that Virgin Orbit has been selected to bring orbital launch capability to Brazil. >>>

China launches optical remote sensing satellite
02 May 2021 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 4C; Payload: Yaogan-34; Date: 30 April 2021, 0727 UTC; Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China. The satellite was deployed into a 1,077 km x 1,092 km x 63.40 degrees orbit. >>>

Safran wins contract for Callisto Reusable Launch Vehicle Demonstrator
02 May 2021 - French space agency CNES has selected Safran Data Systems to supply the instrumentation and telemetry equipment for the new Callisto reusable launch vehicle demonstrator. >>>


New NASA's OSAM-1 mission ready for spacecraft build
06 May 2021 - NASA and Maxar Technologies successfully completed the On-orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing 1 (OSAM-1, formerly known as Restore-L) mission spacecraft accommodation Critical Design Review (CDR). >>>

Atos selected by Eutelsat to provide satellite payload monitoring solution
05 May 2021 - Atos has been selected by Eutelsat to deliver a satellite payload monitoring solution, as part of a five-year contract. >>>

First collision avoidance manoeuvre for a Galileo satellite
04 May 2021 - In the past few weeks, Spaceopal (a joint venture between Telespazio and the German space agency DLR) and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) have managed an alert regarding a possible collision between a Galileo satellite and a piece of rocket debris. It was the first time that a satellite belonging to the European navigation and positioning constellation has been forced into a manoeuvre to avoid debris. >>>

Northrop Grumman solar arrays to power Airbus OneSat spacecraft
03 May 2021 - Northrop Grumman Corporation was awarded a contract by Airbus Defence and Space for the design, development and production of 24 ship sets of solar arrays to support the OneSat satellite product line. The solar arrays will power the OneSat communication satellites in geosynchronous orbit. >>>

OCX 3F contract awarded to Raytheon Intelligence and Space
03 May 2021 - The United States Space Force's Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) awarded a US$228 million contract to Raytheon Intelligence and Space for the Global Positioning System (GPS) Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX) Follow-On (OCX 3F). >>>

NorSat-3 maritime tracking microsatellite in orbit
02 May 2021 - The Norwegian Space Agency has announced the successful launch of the NorSat-3 maritime tracking microsatellite built by Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) in Toronto. NorSat-3 launched on 28 April 2021 aboard Vega Flight VV 18 from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana. >>>

TAS to study integrity concepts for EGNSS High Accuracy
02 May 2021 - Thales Alenia Space has been selected by the European Commission for a new strategic contract to assess the feasibility of an integrity service to complement the European Global Navigation Satellite System (EGNSS) High Accuracy which will pave the way for use in autonomous vehicles. >>>


New Intelsat S.A. Results Q1 202
06 May 2021 - Intelsat S.A. announced financial results for the three months ending 31 March 2021. >>>

Viasat completes acquisition of EBI
02 May 2021 - Viasat Inc. announced it completed the purchase of Euro Broadband Infrastructure Sàrl ("EBI"), the wholesale broadband services business created as part of Viasat's former partnering arrangement with Eutelsat Communications. >>>


New KSAT and TESAT will offer optical downlink as-a-service
06 May 2021 - KSAT and TESAT are establishing an optical ground segment that is instrumental for the further development and growth of optical Direct-to-Earth onboard systems. >>>

Hughes and OneWeb to demo arctic LEO service in for U.S. Air Force
05 May 2021 - Hughes Network Systems, LLC and OneWeb announced their selection by the U.S. Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) to demonstrate managed LEO satellite communications (SATCOM) services to connect the Arctic region to sites around the globe. >>>

Eutelsat capacity selected by Global Eagle
03 May 2021 - Eutelsat Communications and Global Eagle, a provider of high-speed connectivity and entertainment solutions for world-wide mobility markets, have signed a multi-year contract for additional Ku transponders adding large amounts of capacity for Global Eagle's aviation customers. >>>

ESA to build second deep space dish in Australia
02 May 2021 - ESA and the Australian Space Agency have announced the construction of a second 35-metre, deep space antenna at ESA's New Norcia station, located 140 kilometres north of Perth in Western Australia. >>>