Summary: 26.Mar.2020 - 01.Apr.2020

FAILURES

Update: VeneSat-1 likely out of control
26.Mar.2020 - The Venezuelan government conformed that the country's first communications satellite, launched in 2008, is out of service due to a systems failure. >>>

ICEYE unveils 25 cm SAR imaging capability
26.Mar.2020 - ICEYE unveiled its latest capability of 25 cm resolution imaging with synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) small satellites, utilising the company's current commercial SAR satellite constellation in-orbit. >>>

LAUNCHES

New China to launch communication satellite for Indonesia
01.Apr.2020 - China is preparing to launch Palapa-N1 (aka Nusantara Dua, aka Nusantara Satu 2) for Indonesia from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. >>>

Galileo satellites moved from delayed Ariane 6 to Soyuz
31.Mar.2020 - Two Galileo navigation satellites will be launched into space in December from the Kourou space centre in French Guiana on a Russian Soyuz launch vehicle, instead of an Ariane 6 rocket, a source in the rocket and space industry was quoted as saying. >>>

Atlas V launches final AEHF satellite (part II)
28.Mar.2020 - A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket successfully launched the sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) communications satellite for the U.S. Space Force's Space and Missile Systems Center. AEHF-6 successfully separated from its United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket approximately five hours and 45 minutes after launch and is responding to commands from ground control. >>>

Atlas V launches final AEHF satellite (part I)
26.Mar.2020 - Rocket: Atlas V 551; Payload: AEHF 6, TDO-2; Date: 26 March 2020, 2018 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. The satellite was to be deployed more than five hours after lift-off (too late for this issue). >>>

SATELLITES

New NASA's James Webb Space Telescope deploys full mirror
01.Apr.2020 - In a recent test, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) fully deployed its primary mirror into the same configuration it will have when in space. >>>

New NASA awards support contract to JHU/APL
01.Apr.2020 - NASA has awarded the Aerospace, Research, Development, and Engineering Support Services (ARDES) II contract to Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, to execute robotic space missions for the agency through the full mission life cycle, from mission concept and formulation through data analysis. >>>

NASA selects mission to study causes of solar particle storms
30.Mar.2020 - NASA has selected a new mission to study how the Sun generates and releases giant space weather storms - known as solar particle storms - into planetary space. >>>

Mitsubishi Electric begins developing GOSAT-GW satellite
30.Mar.2020 - Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced that it has been designated by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) as the contractor of the Global Observing SATellite for Greenhouse gases and Water cycle (GOSAT-GW), the third in the GOSAT series, and has already initiated development activities. >>>

ESA to conduct BepiColombo flyby on 10 April
30.Mar.2020 - Controllers at ESA's mission control centre are preparing for a gravity-assist flyby of the European-Japanese Mercury explorer BepiColombo. The manoeuvre, which will see the mission adjust its trajectory by harnessing Earth's gravitational pull as it swings past the planet, will be performed amid restrictions ESA has implemented in response to the coronavirus pandemic. >>>

Galileo satellite tests suspended
30.Mar.2020 - In response to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, ESA's Directorate of Navigation has shifted to teleworking while also ensuring the continuity of essential tasks, in particular the continued delivery of positioning, navigation, and timing services of the European satellite navigation system Galileo and the augmentation system EGNOS. >>>

Space Fence declared operational
28.Mar.2020 - United States Space Force officials formally declared initial operational capability and operational acceptance of the Space Fence radar system, located on Kwajalein Island in the Republic of the Marshall Islands on 27 March 2020. >>>

Airbus successfully completes in orbit commissioning of CHEOPS
26.Mar.2020 - Airbus has received confirmation from ESA of a successful end to the In Orbit Commissioning (IOC) of CHEOPS after the IOC review. This critical phase was performed by Airbus in Spain with the support of the Instrument Team (University of Bern), Mission Operation Centre (INTA), Science Operation Centre (University of Geneva) and ESA. >>>

BUSINESS

exactEarth sells 4 satellites to Myriota
31.Mar.2020 - exactEarth Ltd announced that it has entered into an agreement to divest four satellites from its first-generation constellation and its ground station assets to Myriota Canada Inc. ("Myriota Canada"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Myriota PTY Ltd. ("Myriota"). >>>

Update: OneWeb files for Chapter 11 restructuring
30.Mar.2020 - OneWeb Satellites said it is still operating with no plans to file for bankruptcy. However, the OneWeb/Airbus joint venture is reducing workforce at its Florida factory effective immediately, citing concerns about the coronavirus situation. >>>

OneWeb files for Chapter 11 restructuring
28.Mar.2020 - OneWeb announced that the company and certain of its controlled affiliates have voluntarily filed for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The company intends to use these proceedings to pursue a sale of its business in order to maximise the value of the company. >>>

NAVIGATION

Cobham awarded contract for GNSS anti-jam techniques
30.Mar.2020 - Cobham Aerospace Connectivity announced that it has been awarded a contract by the UK MOD's Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) to research Advanced Anti-Jam techniques for the protection of navigation signals received from the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). >>>

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Pretty disappointed
28.Mar.2020 - "If you're thinking about investing in OneWeb, I would recommend strongly against it. They fooled some people who are going to be pretty disappointed in the near term." - SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell in October 2019 according to CNBC >>>