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Summary: 14 Feb 2019 - 20 Feb 2019


 LAUNCHES Up 

New U.S. military launches awarded to ULA, SpaceX
20 Feb 2019 - Space Exploration Technologies Corp. and United Launch Alliance will split six military space launches, as the Pentagon and Air Force announced results of the latest competition between the U.S. national security launch providers. >>>

Prelaunch processing of Egyptsat-A satellite
18 Feb 2019 - The prelaunch processing of the integrated launch vehicle with the Egyptsat-A satellite has begun at Baikonur Cosmodrome. The Soyuz-2 launch vehicle with Fregat upper stage was installed on the launch pad at Site 31 of Baikonur Cosmodrome. >>>

Soyuz launch with OneWeb satellites set for for 26 Feb.
17 Feb 2019 - Arianespace has completed a major preparation milestone for its next Soyuz launch with integration of the mission's payload: the initial six spacecraft in OneWeb's constellation. >>>

PRISMA Earth observation satellite is 'fit' for Vega launch
14 Feb 2019 - The PRISMA satellite on Arianespace's upcoming Vega mission has completed a key step in its pre-launch checkout process, which will enable this Italian Earth observation platform to be orbited in mid-March from French Guiana. >>>

NanoRacks completes 6th CubeSat deployment from Cygnus spacecraft
14 Feb 2019 - NanoRacks has successfully completed the company's sixth CubeSat deployment mission from Northrop Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft. Cygnus (S.S. John Young) departed the International Space Station on 8 February 2019 and performed a number of on-orbit activities, including a NanoRacks deployment. >>>

NASA resumes RS-25 testing for new Space Launch System
14 Feb 2019 - NASA resumed RS-25 rocket engine testing for its new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket with a 13 February hot fire on the A-1 Test Stand at Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The hot fire marked the first RS-25 test of the year at Stennis, continuing a series with developmental engine No. 0525 that began last August. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

NASA's Van Allen probes begin final phase of mission
18 Feb 2019 - NASA's twin Van Allen Probes, launched in August 2012, have entered the final phase in their exploration. >>>

RemoveDEBRIS: success for harpoon experiment
17 Feb 2019 - RemoveDEBRIS successfully fired a harpoon on 8 February 2018 at a speed of 20 metres per second and penetrated a target made of satellite panel material. The harpoon and 1.5 metre target boom were designed by a team at Airbus in Stevenage UK. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

LeoStella inaugurates smallsat production facility
18 Feb 2019 - LeoStella, a smallsat design and manufacturing company, announced the official inauguration of its production facilities in Tukwila, Wash., USA. >>>

Eutesal Communications results H1 FY 2018-19
17 Feb 2019 - The Board of Directors of Eutelsat Communications reviewed the financial results for the half-year ended 31 December 2018. >>>

Abertis sells Hispasat stake to Red Eléctrica
14 Feb 2019 - Spanish toll road operator Abertis has agreed to sell its 89.7% stake in Hispasat to Red Eléctrica for €949 million (US$1.072 billion). Red Eléctrica (REE) manages Spain's high voltage electricity transmission lines but also operates a fibre optic network in the country. >>>

Airbus SE results 2018
14 Feb 2019 - Airbus SE reported consolidated financial results for 2018. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

New NASA set to demonstrate x-ray communications in space
20 Feb 2019 - A new experimental type of deep space communications technology is scheduled to be demonstrated on the International Space Station this spring. >>>

Es'hailSat, BridgeSat to co-operate on laser-based satcom
19 Feb 2019 - Es'hailSat and BridgeSat announced a strategic relationship that will provide businesses and governments across the Middle East with access to laser-based satellite broadband services. >>>

Eutelsat to provide capacity for new Afghan DTH platform
14 Feb 2019 - Eutelsat Communications and Afghanistan Broadcasting System (ABS) have signed a multi-year, multi-transponder contract for video capacity on the Eutelsat 53A satellite. >>>


 NAMES Up 

S7 Space CEO Sergei Sopov to step down
17 Feb 2019 - Sergei Sopov, Chief Executive Officer of Sea Launch operator S7 Space is leaving the company. >>>

 

 

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