Summary: 18 Apr 2019 - 24 Apr 2019

FAILURES

SpaceX silent after Crew Dragon explosion
23 Apr 2019 - There has been an unusual silence following the "anomaly" that occurred during testing a SpaceX Dragon-2 (aka Crew Dragon) spacecraft. SpaceX and NASA confirmed there was an "anomaly" but so far did not provide any details regarding the incident. A leaked video suggests that a rather large explosion took place, though. >>>

SpaceX Dragon capsule reportedly damaged during test preparations
21 Apr 2019 - SpaceX suffered an anomaly in one of its Crew Dragon capsules while conducting engine tests at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Saturday. "The initial tests completed successfully but the final test resulted in an anomaly on the test stand," the company said in a statement. >>>

Intelsat 29e total loss after anomalies
18 Apr 2019 - Intelsat has declared its IS-29e satellite a total loss. >>>

LAUNCHES

New Terran 1 rocket to launch mu Space's LEO satellite
24 Apr 2019 - Relativity announced a partnership with mu Space, a Thai satellite and space technology company, to launch a satellite to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) on Relativity's Terran 1 rocket, the world's first and only 3D printed rocket. >>>

New AEHF-5 shipped to launch site
24 Apr 2019 - The U.S. Air Force's Advanced Extremely High Frequency programme completed a major programme milestone recently, successfully delivering the AEHF-5 satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. >>>

Delay of the day: Proton M/Blagovest
23 Apr 2019 - The launch of the final military telecommunications satellite of Russia's Blagovest constellation from the Baikonur Cosmodrome has been put off from May to July, a source in the space industry was quoted as saying by Sputnik news agency. >>>

China launches Beidou 3 navsat
20 Apr 2019 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 3b/G2; Payload: Beidou-3I1Q (IGSO-1) [Beidou 44]; Date: 20 April 2019, 1441 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. This is the 44th satellite of the constellation and the first Beidou-3 satellite in inclined geosynchronous Earth orbit. >>>

Arianespace to launch SAR satellite StriX-a aboard Vega
18 Apr 2019 - Arianespace announced the signing of a launch service contract with Synspective for the launch of the satellite StriX-a (with a lift-off mass of approximately 150 kg) into a Sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) in 2020.# >>>

SATELLITES

Latest node in the European Data Relay System passes antenna tests
23 Apr 2019 - The latest component in the European Data Relay System (EDRS) has passed another important milestone. Tests have successfully concluded on the antennas of the EDRS-C satellite. >>>

Cygnus completes rendezvous and berthing with International Space Station
20 Apr 2019 - Northrop Grumman Corporation announced that the "S.S. Roger Chaffee" Cygnus spacecraft successfully completed its rendezvous and berthing manoeuvres with the International Space Station. The mission marks the company's 11th successful berthing with the orbiting laboratory. >>>

Boeing awarded contract for WGS-11
20 Apr 2019 - The Boeing Co. has been awarded a not-to-exceed US$605,000,000 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract for the production of the Wideband Global Satellite Communication Space Vehicle 11, according to an announcement by the U.S. Department of Defense. >>>

China opens Chang'e-6 mission for international payloads
18 Apr 2019 - China announced a co-operation plan for its future Chang'e-6 mission, offering to carry a total of 20-kg solicited payloads, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA). >>>

BUSINESS

New The Boeing Company results Q1 2019
24 Apr 2019 - The Boeing Company reported first-quarter financial results. >>>

Iridium Communications Inc. results Q1 2019
23 Apr 2019 - Iridium Communications Inc. reported financial results for the first quarter of 2019. >>>

FEEDS & LINKS

New Viasat, China Satcom partner to bring in-flight connectivity over China
24 Apr 2019 - Viasat Inc. and China Satellite Communications Co., Ltd. (China Satcom) announced an agreement for a strategic partnership to jointly provide in-flight connectivity (IFC) services within China for domestic and international airlines. >>>

Xplornet announces agreement for Hughes JUPITER 3 satellite
23 Apr 2019 - Canadian rural broadband service provider Xplornet Communications Inc. has entered into a lifetime agreement with Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), for substantially all of Canadian satellite broadband capacity on Hughes' next-generation JUPITER 3 (aka EchoStar XXIV) Ultra High Density Satellite. >>>

Iridium awarded gateway support and maintenance contract by U.S. DoD
23 Apr 2019 - Iridium Communications Inc. announced that it has been awarded a new contract by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to continue supporting the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Enhanced Mobile Satellite Service (EMSS) gateway. >>>