Summary: 10 Dec 2017 - 14 Dec 2017


Unprecedented combination of parameters doomed Soyuz-2.1b launch
12 Dec 2017 - The Roskosmos Commission set up to investigate the launch failure of a Soyuz-2.1b rocket with Fregat upper stage and carrying Meteor-M and piggyback satellites, which was executed from the Vostochny Spaceport on 28 November 2017, has completed its work. >>>


New Arianespace to launch Germany's Heinrich Hertz satellite
14 Dec 2017 - The DLR German Aerospace Center, OHB SE and Arianespace have announced the signing of a launch contract for Germany's Heinrich Hertz (H2Sat) technology demonstrator satellite built by OHB System AG. >>>

New ArianeGroup signs contract with ESA for future Prometheus engine
14 Dec 2017 - Prometheus is a European demonstrator for a very low cost reusable engine, running on liquid oxygen (LOx) and methane. It is the precursor for future European launcher engines as of 2030. >>>

New RS-25 test firing includes large 3-D printed component
14 Dec 2017 - Aerojet Rocketdyne and NASA completed hot-fire testing of an RS-25 rocket engine containing its largest additively manufactured component to date. >>>

New Vector and Astro Digital join forces for dedicated launch
14 Dec 2017 - Vector, a nanosatellite launch company, announced that it will join forces with Astro Digital to conduct a dedicated launch in 2018 featuring one of Astro Digital's satellites for remote sensing applications. >>>

Delay of the day: Falcon 9
13 Dec 2017 - NASA commercial cargo provider SpaceX now is targeting no earlier than 1536 UTC on Friday, 15 December for its 13th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station. >>>

For more Galileo navsats in orbit
12 Dec 2017 - Rocket: Ariane 5 ES; Payload: Galileo 19-22; Date: 12 December 2017, 1836 UTC; Launch site: Korou, French Guiana. The rocket successfully deployed its four passengers during a mission lasting 3 hours, 55 minutes. >>>

GRACE-FO satellites on their way to California
12 Dec 2017 - The twin GRACE-FO satellites have now set off on their journey to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Together with test equipment totalling around 45 tonnes, the gravity research satellites built and developed by Airbus in Friedrichshafen (Germany) were loaded overnight onto an air freighter at Munich airport and flown to the USA. >>>

China launches Algerian communications satellite
11 Dec 2017 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 3B; Payload: Alcomsat-1; Date: 10 December 2017, 1640 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. About 26 minutes after lift-off, according to the data from Xi'an Satellite Tracking and Control Center (XSCC), the satellite was successfully separated from the launch vehicle. >>>

Orbital ATK to build LDPE space platform
11 Dec 2017 - Orbital ATK has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force Space and Missiles Center (AFSMC) to build LDPE, or the Long Duration Propulsive Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Secondary Payload Adapter (ESPA) space platform. >>>

SSL to provide access to space for small satellite constellation
11 Dec 2017 - SSL has partnered with a team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the University of Michigan (UM) selected by the agency to conduct a Phase A mission study under NASA's Explorers Program. >>>

New launch dates for Japanese rockets
10 Dec 2017 - JAXA has updated the launch date of the third Epsilon Launch Vehicle (Epsilon-3) which encapsulates the second Advanced Small-size Radar Satellite (ASNARO-2). >>>

Galileo quartet cleared for launch
10 Dec 2017 - The latest cluster of four Galileo spacecraft has been cleared for lift-off on 12 December at 1836:07 UTC from the Spaceport in French Guiana on Arianespace Flight VA240, using an Ariane 5 to loft these latest additions to Europe's civilian-run satellite navigation constellation. >>>

GOES-S shipped to launch site
10 Dec 2017 - The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's next weather satellite in the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite - R Series, GOES-S, left its Colorado home where it was built and is now in Florida where it will undergo preparations for launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Lockheed Martin shipped the next-generation satellite aboard an Air Force C-5M Super Galaxy cargo transport plane to its Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville, Florida. >>>


New RUAG Space will continue to build the brain of each Galileo satellite
14 Dec 2017 - OHB System AG, which is the prime contractor for the Galileo satellites, has now tasked RUAG Space to produce an additional 12 Control and Data Units for Galileo. The delivery of these products will take place between November 2018 to October 2019. >>>

New Thales Alenia Space to support human spaceflight in vicinity of the Moon
14 Dec 2017 - Thales Alenia Space has signed three contracts in the frame of Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP-2) activities with Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Orbital-ATK, to develop capabilities that can meet NASA human space exploration objectives while also supporting industry commercialisation plans. >>>

AZUR selected by Sierra Nevada for Dream Chaser solar panels
12 Dec 2017 - AZUR SPACE Solar Power GmbH, a provider of high-efficiency solar cells, assemblies and panels for both space and terrestrial power applications, announced that it was chosen from a competitive procurement to provide solar panels for Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) first Dream Chaser spacecraft. >>>


New Airbus selected for Copernicus Data and Information Access Service
14 Dec 2017 - Airbus has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) to be one of four suppliers for DIAS, the Copernicus Data and Information Access Service. DIAS will make data and information easily available to users through a cloud computing architecture enabling enhanced coordination and cross-fertilisation at European Union (EU) level and amongst initiatives at Member State or regional level. >>>

New SES drives 5G satellite demonstration testbed initiative with ESA
14 Dec 2017 - SES said it is expanding its efforts to support 5G developments as part of ESA's ARTES project, SATis5, where it will be enabling demonstrations of satellite-terrestrial integration for 5G networks. >>>

1st GPS III satellite receives commands from ground control segment
13 Dec 2017 - The first advanced GPS III satellite successfully established remote connectivity and communicated with the Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX), further validating the U.S. Air Force's modernised Global Positioning System (GPS) is ready to launch its first satellite. >>>





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