Summary: 14 Jul 2019 - 18 Jul 2019

FAILURES

SpaceX says leak caused Crew Dragon explosion during testing
15 Jul 2019 - SpaceX issued a statement regarding the explosion of the company's Crew Dragon In-Flight Abort test vehicle during a test in April. It blames the mishap on the failure of a titanium component in a high-pressure nitrogen tetroxide environment. >>>

Vega failure said to be largest ever space insurance loss
14 Jul 2019 - Munich Re confirmed it is one of the insurers for the Vega rocket which failed after take-off on 11 July (UTC), destroying a military observation satellite about to be placed in orbit for the United Arab Emirates. >>>

LAUNCHES

New Chandrayaan2 launch rescheduled for 22 July
18 Jul 2019 - India's Chandrayaan2 moon mission will now lift off at 0913 UTC on 22 July, space agency ISRO said, three days after the launch was aborted due to a technical snag in its GSLV-Mk-III rocket. >>>

New Ariane 6 Vulcain engine: successful qualification testing
18 Jul 2019 - The qualification tests of the Vulcain 2.1 engine, which will power the Ariane 6 main stage, were completed during the 26th development test. >>>

Delay of the day: Delta IV/GPS III SV02
17 Jul 2019 - The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying the GPS III SV02 mission for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center is delayed, due to an anomaly during component testing at a supplier which has created a cross-over concern. >>>

Helium leak appears to have caused Chandrayaan2 launch delay
16 Jul 2019 - A leak aboard the GSLV rocket forced India to abort the launch of its Chandrayaan2 Moon mission less than one hour before lift-off, media reports said. >>>

Proton M launches X-ray observatory
14 Jul 2019 - Rocket: Proton M/Block DM-03; Payload: Spektr-RG [Spektrum-Röntgen-Gamma]; Date: 13 July 2019, 1230 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. >>>

Delay of the day: GSLV/Chandrayaan2
14 Jul 2019 - ISRO said that "A technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at T-56 minute. As a measure of abundant precaution, Chandrayaan2 launch has been called off for today. Revised launch date will be announced later." >>>

Amos-17 in final stages of preparation
14 Jul 2019 - The new Amos-17 satellite is in the final stages of its prelaunch preparation, operator Spacecom announced. >>>

SATELLITES

Lacuna Space signs contract with NanoAvionics
17 Jul 2019 - Nanosatellite mission integrator NanoAvionics UK Ltd. and UK satellite communications provider Lacuna Space, both based at Harwell Campus Space Cluster, have signed a second contract to integrate the Lacuna Space LoRa-based Space Gateway into NanoAvionics' M6P nanosatellite bus which will be launched in Q4 2019 via a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). >>>

Kleos Space satellites ready for launch
16 Jul 2019 - Kleos Space S.A., a space- powered Radio Frequency Reconnaissance data provider, has completed all acceptance reviews and the satellites are mission ready awaiting transport to RocketLab's Launch Complex 1 in Mahia, New Zealand. >>>

Northrop Grumman to demonstrate robotic manufacturing in space
16 Jul 2019 - Made In Space (MIS) has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a subcontract to support NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) demonstration of the autonomous robotic manufacturing and assembly platform, Archinaut, on a flight mission. >>>

ESA sees demand for satellites around the Moon
16 Jul 2019 - The heightened interest in going to the Moon shows that there could be a market in providing satellite communications beyond Earth, ESA said in a statement. >>>

OneWeb's satellites deliver real-time HD streaming from space
16 Jul 2019 - OneWeb announced the successful test of its six satellites in Low Earth Orbit. All satellites delivered high-speed, low-latency services, with speed of more than 400 Mbps which enabled real-time video streaming in Full HD from space. >>>

Maxar begins production on Legion-class satellite for Ovzon
14 Jul 2019 - Maxar Technologies has begun production on a Legion-class geostationary satellite for Ovzon, a company located in the United States and Sweden dedicated to meeting the demand for increased mobile broadband connectivity in underserved regions. >>>

FEEDS & LINKS

IDS Africa signs contract for broadcast services on Amos-17
17 Jul 2019 - Spacecom, operator of the Amos satellite fleet, announced that Nigeria-based IDS Africa is the newest broadcaster to sign up for broadcast services on the Amos-17 satellite. >>>

NAVIGATION

New Galileo back in service after almost week-long outage
18 Jul 2019 - Europe's Galileo satellite navigation system is back in service after a six-day outage, its oversight agency said. "Galileo Initial Services have now been restored. Commercial users can already see signs of recovery of the Galileo navigation and timing services, although some fluctuations may be experienced until further notice," the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GNSS) said. >>>

RESEARCH

NSR sees satellite/launch market at US$225 billion over 10 years
17 Jul 2019 - NSR's Satellite Manufacturing and Launch Services, 9th Edition (SMLS9) report forecasts a US$225 billion market opportunity over the next decade, driven by Situational Awareness and Earth Observation markets. >>>