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Summary: 15 Feb 2018 - 21 Feb 2018


 LAUNCHES Up 

New Delay of the day: Falcon 9/Paz (again)
21 Feb 2018 - SpaceX called off an attempted launch of its Falcon 9 rocket due to strong high-altitude winds. The Falcon 9 launcher was scheduled to lift off at 1417 UTC from Vandenberg Air Force Base, USA. >>>

New RS-25 engine throttles up to 113%
21 Feb 2018 - Aerojet Rocketdyne and NASA have powered up the RS-25 main engine for the agency's heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS) to its highest thrust levels yet. >>>

Preparations continue for next Soyuz launch from French Guiana
20 Feb 2018 - On 16 February 2018, standalone check-outs of the Soyuz-ST-B LV Control System began in the Guiana Space Center as part of the O3b launch campaign which is to result in orbital injection of the four European telecommunication satellites. >>>

Next U.S. weather satellite slated for launch on 1 March
20 Feb 2018 - The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) newest weather satellite, Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S (GOES-S), is scheduled to launch on 1 March. >>>

Delay of the day: Falcon 9/Paz
18 Feb 2018 - SpaceX has pushed back the launch of a Spanish radar observation satellite from California from Sunday until 21 February. >>>

Vinci completes subsystems qualification campaigns
15 Feb 2018 - The re-ignitable Vinci engine, which will power the upper stage of the Ariane 6 launcher, has now successfully completed its last two subsystems qualification campaigns (M6 and M7) with 140 engine tests conducted. >>>

Vector announces 5 orbital launch reservation with Open Cosmos
15 Feb 2018 - Vector, a nanosatellite launch company, and Open Cosmos, a space mission provider, announced an agreement to reserve five orbital launches between 2019 and 2023 on the Vector-R launch vehicle. The announcement comes in advance of Vector's first orbital launch in July. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

Lockheed Martin completes Arabsat 6A assembly
20 Feb 2018 - Lockheed Martin has completed assembly on the Arabsat-6A satellite, which was recently shipped to its Sunnyvale, California facility to begin a comprehensive series of tests to ensure the satellite is ready for operations in orbit. >>>

MRO suspends science observations owing to low battery voltage
19 Feb 2018 - NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), at Mars since 2006, put itself into a precautionary standby mode on 15 February in response to sensing an unexpectedly low battery voltage. >>>

Avanti Communications' HYLAS 4 satellite arrives in French Guiana
19 Feb 2018 - Avanti Communications Group plc announced its HYLAS 4 satellite has arrived safely in French Guiana ahead of its March 2018 launch. >>>

Progress MS-08 docks with ISS
18 Feb 2018 - On 15 February at 1038 UTC the cargo transportation spacecraft Progress MS-08 successfully docked with the propulsion compartment of the Service Module Zvezda of the International Space Station (ISS). >>>

MDA to provide optical communication payload design for SpaceDataHighway
18 Feb 2018 - MDA announced that it has signed a contract valued at approximately C$4 million with Airbus for design studies dedicated to the optical data relay payload of the third SpaceDataHighway satellite. >>>

Ball Aerospace delivers flight cryocooler for NASA's Landsat mission
15 Feb 2018 - Ball Aerospace delivered the TIRS-2 Flight Cryocooler for the Landsat 9 TIRS-2 instrument ahead of schedule to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). Achieving this milestone early will allow GSFC additional time and options during the instrument integration and test phase. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

Eutelsat Communications S.A. results 1H FY 2017-2018
18 Feb 2018 - The Board of Directors of Eutelsat Communications has reviewed the financial results for the half-year ending 31 December 2017. >>>

Maxar Technologies announces move of HQ to Westminster, Colorado
15 Feb 2018 - Maxar Technologies Ltd. announced plans to move its corporate headquarters to Westminster, Colorado from San Francisco. >>>


 RESEARCH Up 

Chinese satellite industry to disrupt markets across Eurasia - report
18 Feb 2018 - NSR's industry-first China Satcom Markets (CSM) report finds a Chinese satellite industry primed to take a larger share of the global satcom market through attractive one-stop-shop offerings, aggressive growth plans and enhanced exports. >>>


 ANNIVERSARIES Up 

New 10 years of laser communications in space
21 Feb 2018 - On 21 February 2008, the German radar satellite TerraSAR-X and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency satellite NFIRE, both equipped with Laser Communication Terminals (LCT) manufactured by Tesat-Spacecom, established the first successful and stable orbital laser link. >>>

 

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