Summary: 13 Mar 2019 - 19 Mar 2019


New OneWeb books Ariane 6 launches
19 Mar 2019 - Ariane 6 will deploy satellites of the OneWeb constellation on its maiden flight. OneWeb has also booked options with Arianespace for two more Ariane 6 launches. >>>

New Airbus DS enters MoU with Firefly Aerospace
19 Mar 2019 - Firefly Aerospace, Inc., a provider of economical and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft and in-space services, announced the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus) to develop new space launch solutions for Airbus customers. >>>

Delta IV launches 10th WGS satellite
17 Mar 2019 - Rocket: Delta IV; Payload: WGS-10 [Wideband Global SATCOM 10]; Date: 16 March 2019, 0026 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. >>>

Update: Soyuz MS-12 launched without problems
17 Mar 2019 - According to the flight programme, the Soyuz MS-12 rendezvous with the ISS was implemented using a four-orbit rendezvous profile. The approach and docking were performed in automatic mode under supervision of the ISS RS LOCT specialists at MCC and Russian crewmembers of the manned transportation spacecraft and the station. >>>

ESA greenlight for UK's air-breathing rocket engine
17 Mar 2019 - ESA, together with the UK Space Agency (UKSA) recently reviewed the preliminary design of the demonstrator engine core of the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE), which Reaction Engines will use to undertake ground-based testing at test facility at Westcott, Buckinghamshire, which is currently under construction. >>>

Soyuz-5 to start testing in 2022
17 Mar 2019 - The Progress Space Rocket Center has signed an agreement with the Center for the Certification of Rocket and Space Activity on certifying four Soyuz-5 medium-class rockets that will undergo flight tests in 2022-2025. >>>

Soyuz MS-12 launched without problems
14 Mar 2019 - Rocket: Soyuz 2-1a; Payload: Soyuz MS-12; Date: 14 March 2019, 1914 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The crewed vessel arrived at its target orbit less than nine minutes after liftoff. >>>

Delay of the day: Vega/PRISMA
13 Mar 2019 - The Vega launch, designated Flight VV14 in Arianespace's numbering system, which will deliver the PRISMA (PRecursore IperSpettrale della Missione Applicativa) Earth observation satellite to Sun-synchronous orbit, has been rescheduled to allow for additional checks. >>>

Chinese study tests stability of new solar cells in near space
18 Mar 2019 - Chinese researchers have found that perovskite solar cells can retain most of their power conversion efficiency in near space, providing perspectives on the new solar cells' future application in space. >>>

OneWeb secures $1.25 billion in new funding after successful launch
18 Mar 2019 - OneWeb said it has secured its largest fundraising round to date with the successful raise of US$1.25 billion in new capital. This brings the total funds raised to US$3.4 billion. This round was led by SoftBank Group Corp., Grupo Salinas, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., and the Government of Rwanda. >>>

LM develops world-first LTE-over-satellite system
14 Mar 2019 - Lockheed Martin said it has developed a new LTE-over-Satellite system designed to provide connectivity to remote regions, including areas without cellphone coverage, boats off-shore, or during natural disasters like hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, catastrophic floods or volcanoes. New hotspots connect existing phones to satellites for reliable 4G connections. >>>

OmniAccess becomes first Telesat LEO customer
13 Mar 2019 - Telesat and OmniAccess announced that they have signed a major, multi-year contract for broadband service on Telesat's global Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation, which is planned to enter commercial operations in 2022. >>>

Aireon,Thales sign MoA to expand space-based ADS-B collaboration
13 Mar 2019 - Thales and Aireon, the first ever company to build and deploy a global, space-based, air traffic surveillance system, have extended their partnership though a new Memorandum of Agreement (MoA). >>>

Satellite capacity pricing plunges 18% from 2018-2019 - report
14 Mar 2019 - NSR's Satellite Capacity Pricing Index, 5th Edition (2019) finds accelerated pricing decline across operator segments, with a global average decline of 18% over the past 12 months. >>>






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