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Summary: 13 Feb 2017 - 17 Feb 2017


 FAILURES Up 

Short circuit may have caused SS-520 failure
14 Feb 2017 - An electrical short circuit may have led to the recent failure of the launch of the world's smallest rocket capable of placing a satellite into orbit, JAXA said. >>>


 LAUNCHES Up 

Electron arrives at Rocket Lab launch complex 1
16 Feb 2017 - Rocket Lab delivered its first Electron vehicle to Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 marking the beginning of pre-flight checkouts. >>>

Kepler contracts Innovative Space Logistics for inaugural mission
16 Feb 2017 - Kepler Communications has contracted Innovative Space Logistics to manifest their first launch on-board an Indian polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV), scheduled to launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in November 2017. >>>

Indian rocket launches 104 satellites
15 Feb 2017 - Rocket: PSLV-C37; Payload: Cartosat 2D, INS 1A, INS 1B, Flock-3p 1 to 88, Lemur-2 22 to 29, BGUSat, DIDO 2, PEASSS, Al-Farabi 1, Nayif 1; Date: 15 February 2017, 0358 UTC; Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota, India. All 104 satellites were successfully deployed. >>>

Iridium announces target date for 2nd launch of Iridium NEXT
15 Feb 2017 - Iridium Communications Inc. announced it has received a targeted launch date of mid-June for the second mission of ten Iridium NEXT satellites. Originally anticipated for mid-April of 2017, the date has shifted due to a backlog in SpaceX's launch manifest as a result of last year's anomaly on 1 September. >>>

Ariane 5 successfully completes first flight of the year
14 Feb 2017 - Rocket: Ariane 5 ECA; Payload: Sky Brasil-1, Telkom 3S; Date: 14 February 2017, 2139 UTC; Launch site: Kourou, French Guiana. For its first launch of the year, Ariane 5 successfully completed its mission from the European space port of Kourou (French Guiana) for the 77th consecutive time. >>>

Satellites for next Ariane 5 launch have arrived at Kourou
14 Feb 2017 - Brazil's SGDC geostationary defence and secure communications satellite and South Korea's Koreasat 7 telecommunications satellite, both built by Thales Alenia Space, have just arrived at the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, where they will be lofted in a dual launch on 21 March by Ariane 5. >>>

China plans to launch first cargo spacecraft in April
14 Feb 2017 - China plans to launch its first cargo spacecraft in April, state media reported. The Tianzhou-1 cargo resupply spacecraft will be carried into space by a Chang Zheng-7 Y2 rocket launched from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center. >>>

Japan may try to launch its mini rocket again this year
13 Feb 2017 - JAXA said it will revise its planned low-cost satellite launch vehicle and mount a second attempt as early as this year. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New Airbus to develop payload, ground segment for MERLIN
17 Feb 2017 - Airbus Defence and Space has signed a contract with Space Administration at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) to develop and build all components of the German contribution to the German-French Earth observation mission MERLIN. >>>

New NASA's Juno mission to remain in current orbit at Jupiter
17 Feb 2017 - NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter, which has been in orbit around the gas giant since 4 July 2016, will remain in its current 53-day orbit for the remainder of the mission. This will allow Juno to accomplish its science goals, while avoiding the risk of a previously-planned engine firing that would have reduced the spacecraft's orbital period to 14 days. >>>

NASA's TDRS-M satellite begins final testing
16 Feb 2017 - The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) project has begun final testing on a new satellite that will replenish NASA's Space Network. The spacecraft is scheduled to launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on 3 August 2017, on an Atlas V rocket. >>>

Hughes begins final testing of EchoStar XIX
15 Feb 2017 - Hughes Network Systems announced the successful completion of in-orbit testing and handover of EchoStar XIX from Space Systems Loral (SSL), manufacturers of this Ka-band high-throughput satellite. >>>

Ball Aerospace awarded spacecraft operation support
15 Feb 2017 - NASA has awarded a contract to Ball Aerospace for continued spacecraft operations support for the NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite. The sole source contract has a maximum ordering period of five years beginning 7 March 2017. >>>

Orbital ATK awarded integration contract for STPSat-6
13 Feb 2017 - Orbital ATK has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missiles Systems Center to provide payload integration and support services for Space Test Program Satellite 6 (STPSat-6). >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

New MDA may buy DigitalGlobe
17 Feb 2017 - MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. is in talks to buy DigitalGlobe Inc. for about US$2 billion to US$3 billion, Dow Jones reported, citing sources. >>>


 NAVIGATION Up 

Geoscience Australia, LM begin research project for SBAS system
13 Feb 2017 - Geoscience Australia, an agency of the Commonwealth of Australia, and Lockheed Martin have entered into a collaborative research project to show how augmenting signals from multiple GNSS constellations can enhance positioning, navigation, and timing for a range of applications. >>>

 

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