Summary: 19 Aug 2019 - 25 Aug 2019

LAUNCHES

New Test launches of Boeing's Starliner to ISS delayed again
25 Aug 2019 - The launch of a Boeing-developed unmanned Starliner spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) was postponed to 6 October from 17 September, and the test launch of a crewed Starliner was rescheduled to 30 December from 30 November a space industry source said. >>>

New NASA awards CubeSat dispenser contract
25 Aug 2019 - NASA's Launch Services Program (LSP) at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida has selected five companies to provide commercial CubeSat dispenser hardware and mission integration services. >>>

Russia launches robot on Soyuz test flight
22 Aug 2019 - Rocket: Soyuz 2.1-a; Payload: Soyuz MS-14; Date: 22 August 2019, 0338 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft was accurately placed on the target orbit for another mission to the International Space Station. This was the twelfth Soyuz family mission in 2019. >>>

Ultimate Delta IV Medium lofts 2nd GPS III satellite
22 Aug 2019 - Rocket: Delta IV; Payload: GPS III SV02; Date: 22 August 2019, 1306 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. Two hours after lift-off, the satellite separated from the upper stage. >>>

RF power processing unit for VASIMR engine completes tests
21 Aug 2019 - A new generation radio-frequency (RF) Power Processing Unit (PPU) for the VASIMR engine, built by Aethera Technologies Ltd. of Canada, has completed a series of full power acceptance tests at Ad Astra Rocket company's Texas facility near Houston. >>>

Chinasat-18 in trouble after launch
20 Aug 2019 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 3B/E; Payload: Chinasat-18 ( Zhongxing-18); Date: 19 August 2019, 1203 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. The satellite appears to have been placed into geostationary transfer orbit as planned but has since suffered an anomaly. >>>

GPS III SV 2 ready to launch aboard Delta IV from CCAFS
20 Aug 2019 - The Lockheed Martin GPS III SV02 is set to launch on 22 August aboard an United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket. The launch window opens at 1300 UTC and will remain open for 27 minutes. >>>

Astrobotic selects Vulcan to launch its first mission to the Moon
20 Aug 2019 - Astrobotic announced that it selected United Launch Alliance's (ULA) Vulcan Centaur rocket in a competitive commercial procurement to launch its Peregrine lunar lander to the moon in 2021. >>>

Electron lofts four smallsats
19 Aug 2019 - Rocket: Electron/Curie; Payload: Breizh Reconnaissance Orbiter 1 (BRO-1), Global-4, 2 x Pearl White; Date: 19 August 1212 UTC); Launch site: Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand. All four satellites were successfully deployed. >>>

SATELLITES

New Soyuz MS-14 to try again after failed automatic docking
25 Aug 2019 - The recently launched Soyuz MS-14 on Saturday failed to automatically dock at the ISS on schedule and started retreating from the station. Later, the spacecraft was pulled to a safe distance from the ISS. Roskosmos will make a second attempt to dock to the International Space Station (ISS) in the morning of 27 August. >>>

New Chinese satellite tests pulsar navigation
25 Aug 2019 - Chinese scientists have conducted experiments on pulsar navigation with an X-ray space telescope, and the technology could be used in future deep space exploration and interplanetary or interstellar travel. >>>

New Roskosmos patents 'armour' to protect satellites from space debris
25 Aug 2019 - Russian space agency Roskosmos has patented a new protective shield for protecting satellites from the high-speed impact of space debris, according to the database of the Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent). >>>

L3Harris Technologies delivers 8th GPS III navigation payload
21 Aug 2019 - As the U.S. Air Force prepares to launch its second next-generation GPS III satellite, L3Harris Technologies delivered its eighth navigation payload to GPS III satellite prime contractor Lockheed Martin. >>>

Chandrayaan-2 enters lunar orbit
20 Aug 2019 - Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) manoeuvre was completed successfullyon 20 August 2019. The duration of manoeuvre was 1,738 seconds beginning from 0432 UTC. With this, Chandrayaan-2 was successfully inserted into a Lunar orbit. The orbit achieved is 114 km x 18,072 km. >>>

ExoMars 2020 rover gets its Panoramic Camera
20 Aug 2019 - One of the key instruments on the European Space Agency's (ESA) ExoMars rover, the Panoramic Camera (PanCam) has been fitted and integrated in the Airbus bio-burden cleanroom in Stevenage. >>>

Ekspress-AMU7 readies for repeater installation
19 Aug 2019 - ISS-Reshetnev Company has completed building and already sent to its European partner - Thales Alenia Space - a payload module structure for the Ekspress-AMU7 satellite. >>>

FEEDS & LINKS

ThinKom unveils new multi-beam gateway solution
19 Aug 2019 - ThinKom Solutions introduced a new gateway concept, which the company describes as an "array of arrays" that will provide a superior alternative to the large "antenna farms" of parabolic dishes currently used for support of geostationary (GEO) satellites. >>>