Summary: 20 Jan 2020 - 26 Jan 2020

FAILURES

Faulty battery may blow up Spaceway-1
23 Jan 2020 - AT&T Inc.'s DirecTV unit said there is "a significant risk" that battery cells aboard its Spaceway-1 satellite could burst. DirecTV received permission to conduct an emergency operation to reduce risks of an accidental explosion. >>>

LAUNCHES

New Delay of the day: Soyuz 2.1a/Meridian-M
26 Jan 2020 - The launch of Soyuz 2.1a rocket with Meridian-M military satellite from Plesetsk, northern Russia, was cancelled over a malfunction of the rocket's electrical equipment. >>>

New Starlink launch delayed to 27 January
26 Jan 2020 - SpaceX is expected to launch its next Falcon 9 rocket into space on 27 January. >>>

New Nilesat books Falcon 9 for Nilesat-301
26 Jan 2020 - Egyptian satellite operator Nilesat and SpaceX have signed a contract for the launch of Nilesat-301 geostationary communications satellite due in 2022. >>>

Energomash to ship 6 RD-180 engines to the U.S.
22 Jan 2020 - Russian rocket engine manufacturer NPO Energomash plans to ship six RD-180 rocket engines to the United States this year, government procurement website data shows. >>>

ISILAUNCH to offer launch opportunities on Firefly's Alpha
21 Jan 2020 - Firefly Aerospace, Inc. announced the execution of a Launch Services Agreement with Innovative Space Logistics BV (ISILAUNCH), a launch services subsidiary of Netherlands based ISIS - Innovative Solutions in Space B.V. (ISISPACE). >>>

Chang Zheng-5B rocket ready
20 Jan 2020 - China's Chang Zheng-5B rocket has passed testing and examination before leaving the factory and is expected to make its maiden flight in the first half of 2020, according to the China Manned Space Agency. >>>

Rocket Lab to launch U.S. spy satellite
20 Jan 2020 - Rocket Lab has announced that it will launch a dedicated mission for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). The launch window is scheduled to open on 31 January NZDT (UTC +9:30 hours) and the mission, called 'Birds of a Feather,' will lift off from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1. >>>

SATELLITES

New Galileo now replying to SOS messages worldwide
26 Jan 2020 - Europe's Galileo satellite constellation will reply to messages received by the satellites' COSPAS-SARSAT payloads, assuring people in danger that help is on the way. >>>

Second space data highway satellite completes tests
23 Jan 2020 - The second satellite in the European Data Relay System has reached its intended orbit at 31.2 degrees East and completed its in-orbit tests. >>>

Astroscale awarded up to US$4.5 million for active debris removal
23 Jan 2020 - Astroscale Holdings Inc. announced it has been awarded a grant of up to US$4.5 million from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's "Innovation Tokyo Project" to build a roadmap for commercialising active debris removal (ADR) services. >>>

Agreement on data utilisation of Earth observation satellite with FAO
23 Jan 2020 - Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has agreed to collaborate with Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) on data utilisation of Earth observation satellites. >>>

GHGSat to provide free visualisation of greenhouse gas emissions
22 Jan 2020 - GHGSat announced a new service for visualising greenhouse gas emissions. The interactive, online resource will be freely available and will be formally launched during COP26 in November 2020. >>>

Energia to build Angosat-2 after Angosat-1 total loss
21 Jan 2020 - Russia's Energia Space Rocket Corporation will make an Angosat-2 telecommunications satellite for Angola by the end of 2021 to replace its predecessor Angosat-1 that is out of operation, Deputy Head of the State Space Corporation Roskosmos for Relations with State Authorities Sergei Dubik was quoted as saying. >>>

Capella Space unveils advanced satellite design
21 Jan 2020 - Capella Space, an information services company providing Earth observation data on demand, unveiled its evolved satellite design to enable on-demand observations of anywhere on Earth. >>>

GSAT-30 arrives in final orbit
20 Jan 2020 - After the injection of GSAT-30 communication satellite into an elliptical Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) on 17 January 2020, all the three orbit raising manoeuvres have been completed successfully as planned using the satellite's propulsion system. >>>

LAW & ORDER

EU announces funding for Ariane 6, other space-tech
22 Jan 2020 - The European Union announced €200 million (US$222 million) of funding for the Ariane 6 rocket launcher and for small and medium-sized space technology companies. >>>

BUSINESS

Skylo emerges from stealth mode
21 Jan 2020 - Skylo announced that the company has emerged from stealth mode with US$116 million in total funding. The company previously raised US$13 million in a Series A round that was co-led by DCM and Innovation Endeavors, and joined by Moore Strategic Ventures. The new Series B round raised US$103 million, led by SoftBank Group and joined by all existing investors. >>>

HawkEye 360 and Airbus form strategic partnership
20 Jan 2020 - HawkEye 360 Inc., the first commercial company to use formation flying satellites to create a new class of radio frequency (RF) data and analytics, announced that it has formed a strategic partnership with Airbus. >>>

NAVIGATION

Qualcomm mobile chipset to support NavIC
21 Jan 2020 - Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has provided consultation for Qualcomm towards enabling NavIC capability in their Snapdragon mobile chipset platforms. >>>