Summary: 02 Dec 2019 - 08 Dec 2019

LAUNCHES

New Progress vessel embarks on three-day trip to ISS
08 Dec 2019 - Rocket: Soyuz-2.1a; Progress MS-13 [Progress 74P]; Date: 6 December 2019, 0934 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. 8 min 48 sec after lift-off the vehicle normally separated from the third stage and was inserted into the planned orbit. >>>

New China launches two KZ-1A rockets within six hours (Part I)
08 Dec 2019 - Rocket: Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A); Payload: Jilin-1 Gaofen 02B; Date: 7 December 2019, 0255 UTC; Launch site: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, China. The Earth observation satellite was separated into a 532 km x 545 km x 97.54° Sun-synchronous orbit. >>>

New China launches two KZ-1A rockets within six hours (Part II)
08 Dec 2019 - Rocket: Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A); Payload: six smallsats; Date: 7 December 2019, 0852 UTC; Launch site: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, China. The satellites were released into approx. 495 km x 510 km x 97.52 Sun-synchronous orbits. >>>

New Electron completes tenth mission, tests telemetry
08 Dec 2019 - Rocket: Electron/Curie; Payload: seven smallsats; Date: 6 December 2019, 0818 UTC; Launch site: Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand. Six satellites were deployed into approx. 350 km x 400 km x 97.0° orbits, the seventh one was tracked in a 398 km x 415 km x 97.01° orbit (all Sun-synchronous). >>>

New Starliner test flight delayed another day
08 Dec 2019 - The launch of the Atlas V rocket carrying Boeing's Orbital Flight Test (OFT) Starliner spacecraft is now targeted for 20 December. >>>

New KONNECT and GSAT-30 are readied for Ariane 5 launch
08 Dec 2019 - The two satellite passengers for Arianespace's year-opening Ariane 5 mission of 2020 are undergoing checkout at the Spaceport in preparation for their flight to geostationary transfer orbit. >>>

New OneWeb launch from Baikonur now set for 30 January
08 Dec 2019 - The first launch of UK telecommunications satellites OneWeb from Baikonur Cosmodrome is scheduled for 30 January, a spokesman for Glavkosmos, subsidiary of Russian space agency Roskosmos, said. >>>

New S7 Space to relocate Sea Launch to Russia in 2020
08 Dec 2019 - S7 Space will relocate the Sea Launch floating platform and the command vessel to Russia's Far East in 2020, the company said in a statement. >>>

Falcon 9 launches Dragon cargo vessel
05 Dec 2019 - Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: Dragon CRS-19; Date: 5 December 2019, 1729 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. Dragon will deliver more than 2,560 kg of NASA cargo and science investigations, including studies of malting barley in microgravity, the spread of fire, and bone and muscle loss. >>>

Delay of the day: Falcon 9
04 Dec 2019 - SpaceX called off an attempt to launch a Dragon cargo vessel aboard a Falcon 9 on 4 December owing to out-of-limits upper level winds over Cape Canaveral. Another attempt to launch the space station resupply flight is planned at 1729 UTC on 5 December. >>>

RISAT-2BR1 to be launched on 11 December
04 Dec 2019 - PSLV-C48, which is the 50th mission of PSLV, will launch RISAT-2BR1 from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. The launch is tentatively scheduled at 0955 UTC on 11 December 2019, subject to weather conditions. >>>

Spaceflight's SEOPS-2 mission to launch multiple spacecraft from ISS
04 Dec 2019 - Spaceflight announced that together with Hypergiant SEOPS, it will be launching three CubeSats from the International Space Station (ISS) and Northrop Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft in early January. >>>

JAXA outsources satellite 'ride-sharing'
04 Dec 2019 - Officials at JAXA have struck a deal with Tokyo-based venture firm Space BD to arrange for different microsatellites to be launched on the same rocket. >>>

Delay of the day: Atlas V/CST-100
03 Dec 2019 - The launch of Boeing's uncrewed Orbital Flight Test to the International Space Station, as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, now is targeted for 1159 UTC on 19 December 2019. >>>

Rokot launch set for 26 December
03 Dec 2019 - The launch of a Rokot rocket with three Gonets-M telecommunications satellites from Plesetsk has been scheduled for 26 December (local time), First Deputy Director General of Gonetsk Satellite System company Oleg Khimochko was quoted as saying. >>>

China's Chang Zheng-8 rocket successfully passes engine test
03 Dec 2019 - China has successfully tested the second stage engine of the Chang Zheng-8 rocket, preparing for its maiden flight in 2020, according to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). >>>

SATELLITES

Nilesat-301 satellite to be built by Thales Alenia Space
04 Dec 2019 - Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with the Egyptian operator Nilesat to build the Nilesat-301 geostationary communications satellite, winning the contract against an international field of competitors. >>>

Hayabusa2 starts return voyage home
04 Dec 2019 - JAXA's Hayabusa2 asteroid probe set off on its return voyage to Earth on Tuesday by activating its electric propulsion system. >>>

EPS follow-on payload programme completes CDR
04 Dec 2019 - The Enhanced Polar System Recapitalisation (EPS-R) Payload programme reached a major programme milestone completing a successful Delta Critical Design Review (CDR). Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (NGAS) is the EPS-R Payload developer via an approximately US$410 million contract awarded in February 2018 that runs through December 2023. >>>

ExoMars rover starts thermal vacuum testing
02 Dec 2019 - Testing of the ExoMars rover at Airbus in Toulouse has moved to the next stage with the start of the thermal vacuum testing (TVAC) which will last about 18 days. >>>

China to build space-based solar power station by 2035
02 Dec 2019 - China plans to accomplish a 200-tonne megawatt-level space-based solar power station by 2035, according to the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST). >>>

BUSINESS

Lloyd's launches new space risk product
05 Dec 2019 - Lloyd's has launched a new multi-million-pound space insurance policy for the emerging private spaceflight industry. >>>

Inmarsat takeover clears final hurdle
03 Dec 2019 - A private equity consortium's US$3.4 billion takeover of British satellite company Inmarsat was approved at a court hearing on Tuesday after hedge fund investors dropped a plan to challenge the value of the deal. >>>

FEEDS & LINKS

Panasonic teams up with Eutelsat to deliver in-flight connectivity
05 Dec 2019 - Panasonic Avionics Corporation has signed a multi-year agreement for Ku-band capacity on two multi-beam payloads on the Eutelsat 10B satellite, due to be launched in 2022. >>>

NAVIGATION

Thales Alenia Space wins new EGNOS contract from ESA
05 Dec 2019 - Thales Alenia Space announced that it has signed a new contract with the European Space Agency (ESA), on behalf of the European Commission, to upgrade Europe's EGNOS satellite navigation system. Via this contract Thales Alenia Space will develop a new version of EGNOS (version V242B), incorporating new advanced functionalities. >>>