Summary: 13 Nov 2019 - 19 Nov 2019

LAUNCHES

New Next PSLV launch scheduled for 24 November
19 Nov 2019 - India will launch its cartography satellite Cartosat-3 and 13 commercial nanosatellites into sun-synchronous orbit on 24 November (UTC), the Indian space agency said. >>>

Kuaizhou-1A makes second flight in 4 days
18 Nov 2019 - Rocket: Kuaizhou-1A [KZ-1A]; Payload: KL-ALPHA A, KL-ALPHA B [KL-a-A, KL-a-B]; Date: 17 November 2019, 1000 UTC; Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China. State media reported that the two multimedia satellites were sent into planned orbit. >>>

Nanoracks books CubeSat rideshare & habitat demo on Falcon 9 launch
18 Nov 2019 - Nanoracks has booked a launch mission under the recently announced SpaceX rideshare programme. Onboard a Falcon 9, targeting launch in late 2020, Nanoracks has booked deployment of eight small satellites as well as the company's first in-space Outpost-demonstration mission. >>>

China launches new remote-sensing satellites (part I)
13 Nov 2019 - Rocket: Kuaizhou-1A; Payload: Jilin-1 Gaofen 02A; Date: 13 November 2019, 0340 UTC; Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China. The remote sensing satellite was placed into a 532 km x 546 km x 97.54° Sun-synchronous orbit. >>>

China launches new remote-sensing satellites (part II)
13 Nov 2019 - Rocket: Chang Zheng-6; Payload: five Ningxia-1 satellites; Date: 13 November 2019, 0635 UTC; Launch site: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, China. The remote-sensing satellites were deployed into 885 km x 898 km x 45° orbits. >>>

SATELLITES

New Eutelsat's KONNECT satellite ready to ship to launch site
19 Nov 2019 - The all-electric KONNECT communications satellite built by Thales Alenia Space for Eutelsat Communications is now undergoing final preparation prior to being shipped to the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, for a launch planned mid-January 2020. >>>

New Airbus-built telescope for ESA's Euclid mission takes shape
19 Nov 2019 - The Euclid mission is taking shape in Airbus cleanrooms: engineers are now finishing assembly of the telescope, the main instrument of the Payload Module, for which Airbus is responsible within this European Space Agency (ESA) mission led by Thales Alenia Space (TAS) as industrial prime contractor. >>>

New Airborne delivers final XL panels to Airbus for JUICE solar array
19 Nov 2019 - For the solar array of ESA's JUICE mission to Jupiter, Airborne delivered the last four out of 10 XL substrate panels to Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands. >>>

TIBA-1/GX5 pre-launch details
16 Nov 2019 - On its fourth flight with Ariane 5 in 2019, Arianespace will orbit two telecommunications satellites on 22 November (UTC): TIBA-1 for Thales Alenia Space and Airbus Defence and Space, on behalf of the Government of Egypt; and the GX5 satellite for the operator Inmarsat. >>>

JCSAT-18/Kacific1 satellite arrives at SpaceX launch site in Cape Canaveral
16 Nov 2019 - The JCSAT-18/Kacific1 communications satellite, built by Boeing, has arrived at SpaceX facilities in Cape Canaveral, Florida, where it will be launched atop a Falcon 9 rocket to geostationary orbit. >>>

Airbus checking ocean satellite Sentinel-6A's operational fitness
16 Nov 2019 - Airbus space engineers are currently testing the Copernicus Sentinel-6A satellite at the Space Test Centre of Industrieanlagen-Betriebsgesellschaft mbH (IABG) in Ottobrunn - near Munich - to prove its readiness for space. During the test campaign, which will last until spring 2020, the Airbus team will check that the satellite is able to survive the severe conditions of launch and the space environment. >>>

NASA tests next-gen solar electric propulsion system
16 Nov 2019 - NASA's Evolutionary Xenon Thruster - Commercial (NEXT-C) fired for the first time recently inside a vacuum chamber at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. The thruster is undergoing performance testing to verify it can withstand the extreme launch vibrations and hot and cold temperatures of spaceflight. >>>

Update: Hayabusa2 about to head back to Earth
13 Nov 2019 - JAXA confirmed that Hayabusa2, JAXA's asteroid explorer, has left its target asteroid Ryugu as planned. >>>

NanoAvionics to build nano-satellite for CaLeMPSat research mission
13 Nov 2019 - Nano-satellite mission integrator NanoAvionics received a contract to build a 12U nano-satellite bus for the Singaporean research mission "Cathode-Less Micro Propulsion Satellite" (CaLeMPSat). >>>

BUSINESS

Globalstar, Inc. results Q3 2019
13 Nov 2019 - Globalstar, Inc. announced its operating and financial results for the quarter ending 30 September 2019. >>>

FEEDS & LINKS

Kepler, Cobham form partnership for satellite data service delivery
17 Nov 2019 - Kepler Communications and Cobham SATCOM have announced a strategic partnership aimed at eliminating barriers to widespread adoption of high capacity data services over Kepler's Low Earth Orbit (LEO) network. >>>

General Dynamics Mission Systems awarded MUOS contract
13 Nov 2019 - General Dynamics Mission Systems has been awarded a US$783 million contract for sustainment of the U.S. Navy's next-generation satellite communications system. >>>