Summary: 16 Apr 2018 - 22 Apr 2018


Proton return to flight with launch of 2nd Blagovest satellite
19 Apr 2018 - Rocket: Proton M/Briz M; Payload: Blagovest 12L [military designation likely Kosmos 2526]; Date: 18 April 2018, 2212 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The dual-use satellite was delivered into geostationary transfer orbit approx. 9 hours after lift-off. >>>

NASA's TESS planet hunter launched on Falcon 9
19 Apr 2018 - Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite); Date: 18 April 2018, 2251 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. Falcon 9 delivered TESS to a highly elliptical orbit and the spacecraft was deployed approximately 49 minutes after lift-off. >>>

Arianespace to launch BSAT-4b
19 Apr 2018 - Arianespace announced that it will launch BSAT-4b, under the term of a turnkey contract between B-SAT and Maxar's SSL. >>>

Chandrayaan-2 Launch Postponed To October-November, Says ISRO Chief K Sivan
19 Apr 2018 - "A national level committee to review Chandrayaan-2 recommended some additional tests before the mission could take off, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) sources said." (NDTV) >>>

DARPA's Launch Challenge offers $10M prize for short-notice, rapid-turnaround rocketry
19 Apr 2018 - "Getting to space is already tough, but getting there on short notice and then doing it again a couple weeks later? That's a big ask. Nevertheless, DARPA i is asking it as part of its Launch Challenge ... Teams must take a payload to space with only days to prepare, then do it again soon after -- if they want to win the $10M grand prize." (TechCrunch) >>>

Orbital ATK's next gen launcher to be called OmegA
17 Apr 2018 - Orbital ATK has provided a detailed update on the progress being made on its Next Generation Launch System. The company reaffirmed its commitment to the U.S. Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) programme for national security space missions with the announcement of the name of the rocket, OmegA, and the selection of its upper stage propulsion system. >>>

Spaceflight to launch small satellites on Vega SSMS POC flight
17 Apr 2018 - Arianespace announced that it has been selected by rideshare and mission management provider Spaceflight to launch small satellites on the Vega launch vehicle, as part of the Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS) Proof Of Concept (POC) flight. >>>

Delay of the day: Falcon 9/TESS
16 Apr 2018 - The launch of NASA's planet-hunting satellite TESS has been postponed until 19 April. The satellite had been scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on the evening of 16 April (UTC). >>>

China to launch Chang Zheng-5 Y3 rocket in late 2018
16 Apr 2018 - China plans to launch its heavy-lift carrier rocket, the Chang Zheng-5 Y3, in late 2018, after finding the cause of the failure of the Chang Zheng-5 Y2, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense. >>>


New Sentinel-3B MWR pre-launch details
22 Apr 2018 - A new highly precise MicroWave Radiometer (MWR) built by Airbus is ready to start operations after the launch of the Sentinel-3B satellite built by Thales Alenia Space as prime contractor for this programme. Launch aboard a Rokot lifting off from Plesetsk, Russia, is currently scheduled for 25 April, 1757 UTC. >>>

LockMart provides Australia with Space Situational Awareness System
19 Apr 2018 - Lockheed Martin is providing the Commonwealth of Australia with an iSpace Space Situational Awareness training and demonstration mission system. >>>

ECOSTRESS arrives at launch site
18 Apr 2018 - NASA's ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) recently arrived at Kennedy Space Center and has begun begin final preparations for launch to the International Space Station this summer. >>>

EarthNow to deliver real-time video via large satellite constellation
18 Apr 2018 - EarthNow LLC announced its intent to deploy a large constellation of advanced imaging satellites that will deliver real-time, continuous video of almost anywhere on Earth. >>>

MetOp-C gets ready for launch
17 Apr 2018 - The MetOp-C meteorological satellite is getting ready for upcoming launch in order to join its siblings and further improve the quality of observations and data provided for weather forecast. >>>

Lockheed Martin submits proposal for GPS IIIF
17 Apr 2018 - Lockheed Martin has submitted a proposal for the U.S. Air Force's GPS III Follow On (GPS IIIF) programme, which will add enhanced capabilities to the system. The GPS IIIF programme intends to produce up to 22 next-generation satellites. >>>

Ball Aerospace completes hand over of JPSS-1 to NASA, NOAA
16 Apr 2018 - Ball Aerospace completed the handover of NOAA's advanced next-generation polar-orbiting weather satellite, the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1), to NASA following a successful satellite acceptance review. >>>

Successful commissioning of GOMX-4 nanosatellites
16 Apr 2018 - As part of a mission to demonstrate interlink communication on nanosatellite tandem formation flights and data retrieval, including surveillance of the Arctic area, the Danish nanosatellite specialist GomSpace launched two nanosatellites in February. >>>

WAAS payload planned for Galaxy 30
16 Apr 2018 - Intelsat General announced that it is part of a team of companies awarded a new task order by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to develop and operate a satellite payload to aid aircraft navigation, particularly precision approaches to airports without dependence on ground-based infrastructure. >>>


Eutelsat completes the sale of its stake in Hispasat
18 Apr 2018 - Eutelsat Communications announced that its 33.69% stake in the Spanish satellite operator, Hispasat, has been sold for a consideration of €302 million. >>>

RSC Energia: Sea Launch deal is completed
18 Apr 2018 - The deal by the Energia group to sell the assets of the Sea Launch project to S7 Group has been completed. >>>

NanoRacks, ALTEC, TAS announce business partnership
18 Apr 2018 - NanoRacks announced that the company will be pursuing International Space Station opportunities in co-operation with ALTEC and Thales Alenia Space. To pursue these opportunities, NanoRacks will be staffing its first formal European-based office at ALTEC's facilities in Torino, Italy. >>>





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