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Summary: 14 Oct 2018 - 18 Oct 2018


 FAILURES Up 

Signal failure may have caused Soyuz staging problem
17 Oct 2018 - Signal failure might have occurred at the moment of separation of the first and second stages of the Soyuz-FG rocket, which triggered the safety system that aborted the launch, according to Sergey Krikalyov, Roskosmos executive director for manned programmes. >>>


 LAUNCHES Up 

New Ariane 5 has the "green light" for BepiColombo launch
18 Oct 2018 - This week's Ariane 5 flight that will send BepiColombo on its way to the planet Mercury has been approved for lift-off on 20 October (UTC) following the launch readiness review held at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. >>>

New Rocket Lab selects Wallops Flight Facility for U.S. launch site
18 Oct 2018 - US orbital launch provider Rocket Lab has confirmed it will build its first U.S. launch pad for the Electron rocket at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, USA. >>>

Atlas V launches fourth AEHF satellite
17 Oct 2018 - Rocket: Atlas V 551; Payload: AEHF-4; Date: 17 October 2018, 0415 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. The satellite successfully separated from the launch vehicle three hours and 32 minutes after lift-off. Satellite Manufacturer Lockheed Martin confirmed signal acquisition at 0747 UTC. >>>

Arianespace to launch Luxembourg's National Advanced Optical System
17 Oct 2018 - Arianespace is to launch the National Advanced Optical System (NAOS) under the term of a turnkey contract between OHB Italia and the Luxembourg's Directorate of Defence. >>>

China's navsat constellation keeps growing
15 Oct 2018 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 3B/YZ1; Payload: Beidou-3M15, Beidou-3M16 [Beidou-39, Beidou-40]; Date: 15 October 2018, 0423 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Centre, China. The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) confirmed the mission to be a success four hours later, following direct insertion of the satellites into their intended medium Earth orbits (MEO). >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

KBRwyle to build next-gen NASA satellite laser ranging systems
16 Oct 2018 - KBR, Inc. announced that its global government services business, KBRwyle, has been awarded a US $48 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) to construct, deploy and commission the next generation Space Geodesy (SG) Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) ground systems. >>>

Chandra X-ray Observatory out of safe mode
15 Oct 2018 - The cause of Chandra's safe mode on 10 October has now been understood and the Operations team has successfully returned the spacecraft to its normal pointing mode. >>>

Kleos Space S.A. signs 2nd MoU with Airbus Defence and Space
15 Oct 2018 - Luxembourg-based Kleos Space S.A. announced the signature of a second Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus Defence and Space, as both companies investigate opportunities to collaborate for the manufacture In-Space of structural elements. >>>

Chandra X-ray Observatory enters safe mode; investigation underway
14 Oct 2018 - At approximately 1355 UTC on 10 October 2018, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory entered safe mode, where the telescope's instruments are put into a safe configuration, critical hardware is swapped to back-up units, the spacecraft points so that the solar panels get maximum sunlight, and the mirrors point away from the Sun. >>>

Update: Hubble in Safe Mode after gyro failure
14 Oct 2018 - NASA continues to work toward resuming science operations of the Hubble Space Telescope after the spacecraft entered safe mode due to a failed gyroscope (gyro) on Friday, 5 October. >>>

QuikSCAT shut off
14 Oct 2018 - Launched in June 1999 for an intended two-year mission, NASA's SeaWinds scatterometer instrument on the QuikSCAT spacecraft was turned off on 2 October in accordance with its end-of-mission plan. >>>


 PLATFORMS Up 

TAS validates solar array technology for Stratobus
16 Oct 2018 - Thales Alenia Space announced the successful completion of static mechanical validation tests of the first full-scale photovoltaic modules specially designed for its Stratobus autonomous stratospheric airship. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

Harris Corporation, L3 Technologies to combine in merger of equals
14 Oct 2018 - Harris Corporation and L3 Technologies, Inc. have agreed to combine in an all stock merger of equals. Under the terms of the merger agreement, which was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, L3 shareholders will receive a fixed exchange ratio of 1.30 shares of Harris common stock for each share of L3 common stock. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

New TAS to upgrade Galileo Mission Segment
18 Oct 2018 - ESA has awarded a new framework contract and two new work orders to Thales Alenia Space in France, to upgrade the Galileo Mission Segment (GMS) - that element of the world-wide Galileo ground segment dedicated to delivering navigation services - and the Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) near Paris, as well as to implement a second GSMC in Spain, near Madrid. >>>

Hispamar, Gilat launch satellite-based broadband service in Brazil
17 Oct 2018 - Hispamar, the Brazilian subsidiary of the Spanish satellite-based telecommunications operator Hispasat, and Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. have joined together to offer a new satellite-based broadband connectivity service, focusing on both the residential and corporate market, in order to extend Internet access to the parts of the country that are currently digitally isolated. >>>

TAS to build GNSS ground station for NOAA
15 Oct 2018 - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in United States has chosen Thales to develop and build an operational ground station in the southwest part of the country, at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, to track Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) satellites operating in medium Earth orbit (MEO). >>>

 

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