Summary: 03 Dec 2017 - 07 Dec 2017


New Four Galileo satellites are integrated for launch
07 Dec 2017 - Arianespace's Ariane 5 is now complete and ready for its mission next week from the Spaceport in French Guiana, which will orbit four more spacecraft to join the European Galileo constellation of navigation satellites. >>>

Delay of the day: Delta IV/NROL-47
06 Dec 2017 - The ULA Delta IV rocket carrying the NROL-47 payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office is delayed in order to perform additional validation of the software and systems associated with Common Avionics. >>>

Next Galileo launch set for 12 December
05 Dec 2017 - The next four Galileo satellites are scheduled for launch on 12 December at 1836 UTC from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana atop an Ariane 5 rocket. >>>

L3 Technologies to design avionics systems for Vulcan rocket
04 Dec 2017 - L3 Technologies has entered into an agreement with United Launch Alliance (ULA) to become the exclusive provider of avionics and related services for its new Vulcan Centaur rocket system, delivering an estimated US$1 billion-plus in mission-critical systems and services, over a 10-year period. >>>

Spaceflight Prepares to Launch Eleven Spacecraft on India's PSLV-C40
04 Dec 2017 - Spaceflight announced it will be launching 11 spacecraft in early January 2018 from India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). >>>

Russia launches ELINT satellite
03 Dec 2017 - Rocket: Soyuz-2.1b (no upper stage); Payload: Lotos S1 [Kosmos 2524]; Date: 2 December 2017, 1043 UTC; Launch site: Plesetsk, Russia. "The Soyuz-2.1b carrier at the designated time took successfully to the target orbit the space apparatus for interests of the Russian Defence Ministry. The launch and taking of the apparatus to the orbit went in a regular mode," the ministry said. >>>

Chang Zheng 2D lofts military satellite
03 Dec 2017 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 2D; Payload: Land Survey Satellite-1 (LKW-1, Yaogan Weixing-31); Date: 3 December 2017, 0411 UTC; Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China. State media confirmed success of the launch under an hour later. >>>


New ALTAIR pathfinder spacecraft completes six months in orbit
07 Dec 2017 - Millennium Space Systems announced the successful completion of its ALTAIR Pathfinder mission objectives last week as the spacecraft reached its six-month milestone and 4,500 hours of successful operations in low Earth orbit. >>>

Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft departs ISS
06 Dec 2017 - Orbital ATK announced that its Cygnus spacecraft, following a stay as a part of the International Space Station, has departed from the station to begin the next phase of its mission. The "S.S. Gene Cernan" is now set to deploy a record number of cubesats in orbit before reentry into the Earth's atmosphere. >>>

JAXA, ISRO sign agreement on Joint Lunar Polar Exploration
06 Dec 2017 - Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) signed the Implementation Arrangement (IA) concerning joint study of Lunar Polar Exploration. >>>

ViaSat-2 satellite reaches geostationary orbit
05 Dec 2017 - Viasat Inc. announced the ViaSat-2 satellite has successfully arrived in geostationary orbit at 69.9° west longitude, and has transitioned into orbit normal mode (earth pointing) with its reflector and radiator deployments now complete. >>>

JPSS-2 Critical Design Review completed
03 Dec 2017 - Representatives from NASA, NOAA and Orbital ATK recently completed a successful spacecraft Critical Design Review (CDR) for JPSS-2, which demonstrated that the programme met all system and schedule requirements. >>>


New Peruvian Government: "Satellite investment recovered after first year"
07 Dec 2017 - PerúSAT-1 has completed its first year of operation and the Peruvian government has recently declared that in that time,the investment it has made into the satellite programme has already been recouped. >>>

Backlog for UrtheDaily constellation exceeds C$100 million
05 Dec 2017 - UrtheCast Corp. announced it has now signed binding data subscription agreements for the UrtheDaily Constellation totalling in excess of C$100 million. >>>





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