Summary: 25.Oct.2020 - 29.Oct.2020

LAUNCHES

New Electron launches imaging satellites
29.Oct.2020 - Rocket: Electron/Curie; Payload: CE-SAT-IIB, nine SuperDove satellites; Date: 28 October 2020, 2121 UTC; Launch site: Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand. The Electron launch vehicle successfully deployed the 10 commercial small satellites to approx. 510 km x 524 km x 97.50 degrees Sun-synchronous orbits. >>>

New Next PSLV launch set for 7 November
29.Oct.2020 - ISRO said its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C49) will launch the radar imaging satellite EOS-01 as a primary satellite along with nine international customer satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota, on 7 November. >>>

New ESA lays out roadmap to Ariane 6 and Vega-C flights
29.Oct.2020 - ESA, CNES and ArianeGroup have jointly established a consolidated reference planning for Ariane 6 development, leading to a launch in Q2 2022. Vega-C's maiden flight is currently planned for June 2021. >>>

New Firefly announces transition to robotic rocket manufacturing
29.Oct.2020 - Firefly announced a substantial commitment to increase its manufacturing capacity by transitioning large parts manufacturing to Automated fibre Placement (AFP) Mongoose Hybrid systems from Ingersoll Machine Tools beginning next year. >>>

New D-Orbit's ION satellite carrier completes deployment of spacecraft
29.Oct.2020 - D-Orbit announced the successful completion of the deployment phase of ORIGIN mission, the first of ION Satellite Carrier. ION, D-Orbit's satellite platform, successfully released 12 SuperDove satellites for Earth-imaging company Planet, in the precise orbital slots requested by the client. >>>

Investment in Baiterek launch pad totals around $1 billion
28.Oct.2020 - Investment in the Russian-Kazakh rocket launch pad Baiterek [aka Baitarek] project totals around US$1 billion, Russia's State Space Corporation Roskosmos Chief Dmitry Rogozin was quoted as saying. >>>

China launches reconnaissance satellites
27.Oct.2020 - Rocket: Chang Zheng-2C; Payload: three Yaogan 30-07 satellites, Tianqi-6; Date: 26 October 2020, 1519 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. The satellites were deployed into 588 km x 604 km x 35.00 degrees orbits. >>>

New launch date set for commercial crew launch
27.Oct.2020 - NASA and SpaceX are now targeting 15 November, 0049 UTC for the launch of the first crew rotation mission to the International Space Station as part of the agency's Commercial Crew Program. >>>

Momentus announces service agreement for Gran Systems NUTSAT
27.Oct.2020 - Momentus Inc. and Gran Systems announced a service agreement for Gran System's 2U CubeSat NUTSAT to fly on Momentus' December 2020 Vigoride demo mission. >>>

Third GLONASS-K satellite in orbit
26.Oct.2020 - Rocket: Soyuz-2.1b/Fregat; Payload: GLONASS-K No.15L (Uragan-K No.15L); Date: 25 October 2020, 1908 UTC; Launch site: Plesetsk, Russia. Spacecraft separation into a 19,125 km x 19,150 km x 64.81 degrees orbit occurred a little over three and a half hours after launch. >>>

Atlas V launch set for 3/4 November
26.Oct.2020 - The launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 531 carrying the NROL-101 mission for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office is scheduled for 3/4 November 2020. >>>

Second Starlink launch within seven days
25.Oct.2020 - Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: 60 Starlink satellites; Date: 24 October 2020, 1131 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. The Starlink satellites deployed approximately 1 hour and 3 minutes after lift-off. It was the 14th launch of operational Starlink satellites and the 15th Starlink flight overall. >>>

All solid motors for Vega-C complete qualification tests
25.Oct.2020 - The solid rocket motors built for Vega-C under contract to Avio have all completed the hot fire tests to qualify them for flight. >>>

SATELLITES

New OSIRIS-REx successfully stows sample of asteroid Bennu
29.Oct.2020 - NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has successfully stowed the spacecraft's Sample Return Capsule (SRC) and its abundant sample of asteroid Bennu. >>>

New Maxar selected by USSF to develop data processing applications
29.Oct.2020 - Maxar Technologies announced that it was selected by the U.S. Space Force to develop prototype mission data processing applications for the Future Operationally Resilient Ground Evolution Mission Data Processing (FORGE MDP) programme located within the Cross-Mission Ground & Communications Enterprise at the Space & Missile Systems Center. >>>

NASA refuelling mission completes robotic tool operations in space
28.Oct.2020 - NASA's Robotic Refuelling Mission 3 (RRM3) has successfully completed its second set of robotic tool operations on the International Space Station, demonstrating key techniques for transferring cryogenic fluids, used as coolants, propellants, or for life support systems in orbit. >>>

Europe launches design work for space junk removal project
28.Oct.2020 - Design work on systems of Clearspace-1, a mission to remove space debris from the orbit, began in Europe this summer, the head of the European Space Agency (ESA)'s Moscow office, Rene Pischel, was quoted as saying. >>>

NASA, ESA formalise Artemis gateway partnership
28.Oct.2020 - NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) have finalised an agreement to collaborate on the Artemis Gateway. The agreement marks NASA's first formal commitment to launch international crew members to the lunar vicinity as part of NASA's Artemis missions. >>>

Russia to start deploying Sfera satellites from 2021
28.Oct.2020 - Russia's State Space Corporation Roskosmos will start establishing a new cluster of over 600 satellites under the Sfera (Sphere) programme from 2021, Roskosmos Chief Dmitry Rogozin announced. >>>

First satellites for Skylark constellation under construction
27.Oct.2020 - Thales Alenia Space has signed the first phase of a contract with NorthStar Earth and Space Inc., a Canadian space-based information services company, to start the development and production of the first three smallsat satellites that are part of the world's first commercial space-based environmental and near-space monitoring system. >>>

OSIRIS-REx collects significant amount of asteroid material
25.Oct.2020 - Two days after touching down on asteroid Bennu, NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission team received images that confirm the spacecraft has collected more than enough material to meet one of its main mission requirements - acquiring at least 60 grams of the asteroid's surface material. However, the lid for the collector at the end of the probe's arm where the fragments are being stored has been slightly wedged open by larger rocks, creating a leak. >>>

BUSINESS

New Airbus SE results 9m 2020
29.Oct.2020 - Airbus SE reported consolidated financial results for the nine months ending 30 September 2020. >>>

New Eutelsat Communications revenues Q1 FY 2019-20
29.Oct.2020 - Eutelsat Communications reported revenues for the first quarter ending 30 September 2020. >>>

The Boeing Company (Defense, Space & Security) results Q3 2020
28.Oct.2020 - The Boeing Company reported financial results for the third quarter 2020. >>>