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Summary: 10 Dec 2018 - 16 Dec 2018


 LAUNCHES Up 

New Electron lofts cubesats for NASA
16 Dec 2018 - Rocket: Electron/Curie; Payload: ELaNa-XIX [13 cubesats]; Date: 16 December 2018, 0633 UTC; Launch site: Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand. The Curie third stage injected the CubeSats, which had a total mass of 78 kg, into a 500 km circular orbit at an inclination of 85 degrees. >>>

New ULA Delta IV Heavy NROL-71 set to launch on 19 Dec. (UTC)
16 Dec 2018 - Everything is progressing toward the ULA Delta IV Heavy launch carrying the NROL-71 mission for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. >>>

New Khrunichev ships Eutelsat/MEV adapter
16 Dec 2018 - The Khrunichev Space Center has shipped the flight adapter system assigned to the commercial Proton M/Briz M dual launch of Eutelsat 5 West B and MEV-1 (Mission Extension Vehicle-1) mission for joint fitcheck testing with the spacecraft. >>>

New Testing of future lox-methane engine demonstrator begins
16 Dec 2018 - Exactly one year after the signing of the Prometheus demonstrator development contract between the European Space Agency (ESA) and ArianeGroup, testing of the 3D-printed gas generator has started at the DLR site in Lampoldshausen, Germany. >>>

New Static test qualifies launch abort motor for flight in cold conditions
16 Dec 2018 - Northrop Grumman Corporation 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 Northrop Grumman's facility in Promontory, Utah. >>>

New Russia hands over three rocket engines for Antares
16 Dec 2018 - Three Russian engines RD-181 have been handed over to Northrop Grumman, the research and industrial association NPO Energomash said. >>>

Delay of the day: Rocket Lab/ELaNa-19
13 Dec 2018 - With a worsening weather system on the way, Rocket Lab is now targeting no earlier than 16 December for the #ELaNa19 launch on Electron. >>>

Arianespace to orbit CSO-1 military observation satellite for CNES, DGA
12 Dec 2018 - S7 Space and Gazprom Space Systems have signed a co-operation agreement for the development and launches of civil satellites. >>>

1st GPS III satellite encapsulated for launch on 18 December
11 Dec 2018 - The U.S. Air Force's first Lockheed Martin -built GPS III satellite is now encapsulated for its planned 18 December (UTC) launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. >>>

Spektr-RG launch now scheduled for April 2019
11 Dec 2018 - The launch of the Russian-German Spektr-RG astrophysics observatory aboard a Proton-M with Blok DM-03 upper stage is planned for the first 10 days of April 2019. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

China's Chang'e-4 probe enters lunar orbit
12 Dec 2018 - China's Chang'e-4 probe decelerated and entered the lunar orbit, completing a vital step on its way to make the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced. >>>

Spire taps Galileo for space-based weather data
12 Dec 2018 - Spire Global, Inc announced Spire's most recently launched satellites are the first satellites in the world to use Galileo GNSS signals to measure radio occultation (GNSS-RO) profiles in a production capacity for the weather community. >>>

GSAT-11 arrives in geostationary orbit
11 Dec 2018 - GSAT-11 has been placed in its designated geostationary orbit after four orbit-raising manoeuvres, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said. >>>

MDA instrument aboard OSIRIS-REx provides 3D scans of asteroid Bennu
11 Dec 2018 - MDA announced that the laser altimeter instrument it built for the Canadian Space Agency's (CSA) contribution to NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has scanned and collected its first data set of asteroid Bennu. >>>

Harris launches its first smallsat
10 Dec 2018 - NASA's Voyager 2 probe now has exited the heliosphere - the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the Sun. >>>

 

 

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