Summary: 15 May 2018 - 21 May 2018


New New Cygnus vessel enroute to ISS
21 May 2018 - Rocket: Antares; Payload: Cygnus "S.S. J.R. Thompson"; Date: 21 May 2018, 0844 UTC; Launch site: Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, Wallops Island, USA. Following an approximate nine-minute ascent, the Cygnus vessel was successfully deployed into orbit. >>>

New China launches relay satellite for Chang'e-4 lunar probe
21 May 2018 - Rocket: Chang Zheng-4C; Payload: Queqiao, Longjiang-1, Longjiang-2; Date: 20 May 2018, 2128 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. About 25 minutes after lift-off, the satellite separated from the rocket and entered an Earth-Moon transfer orbit with a perigee of 200 km and an apogee of about 400,000 km. Meanwhile, the solar panels and the communication antennas were unfolded. >>>

Launch of unmanned Soyuz MS planned for August 2019
20 May 2018 - The launch of a Soyuz MS spacecraft by a Soyuz-2.1a is planned for August 2019. The spacecraft will fly unmanned, which will make it possible to increase the payload by several times due to the lack of a part of the instruments and assemblies required to support crew activities. Currently, the unmanned version of the Soyuz MS is at the stage of compartments assembly. >>>

China launches rocket developed by private company
17 May 2018 - China has launched a rocket developed by a Chinese private company from an undisclosed site in northwest China. >>>

Two Galileo satellites begin processing in French Guiana
17 May 2018 - Payload preparations have begun for Arianespace's next Ariane 5 mission in support of Europe's Galileo global navigation system, with two of the four satellites for launch on this July 2018 flight now undergoing their checkout. >>>

Delay of the day: Falcon 9/Iridium NEXT, GRACE-FO
16 May 2018 - The launch of two GRACE-Follow On Earth science satellites and five Iridium NEXT spacecraft has been delayed three days to 22 May. >>>


New Newest AEHF satellite passes launch prep testing
21 May 2018 - Lockheed Martin recently put its fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-5) satellite through its paces in realistic simulations of its future launch experience. The satellite completed the tests successfully and is now in system-level testing in preparation for delivery to the U.S. Air Force in 2019. >>>

Spacebus Neo Critical Design Review successfully achieved
16 May 2018 - Thales Alenia Space said that following successful Critical Design Review, the companys Spacebus Neo product line is now entering qualification phases and manufacturing process involving an industrial consortium all across Europe : >>>

OHB, TAS to co-operate on PLATO
15 May 2018 - The European Space Agency (ESA) has chosen OHB System AG as prime contractor for a new programme called PLATO (PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars), with Thales Alenia Space as a partner. >>>

Global Eagle to collaborate with Telesat on LEO programme
15 May 2018 - Telesat and Global Eagle Entertainment Inc., a provider of satellite-based connectivity services to global mobility markets, have agreed to collaborate in optimising the capabilities of Telesat's LEO system to serve broadband requirements of maritime and aeronautical markets. >>>


United Launch Alliance employees end strike
20 May 2018 - Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) have accepted United Launch Alliance's new four-year contract offer and will return to work after being on strike since 7 May. >>>

NASA wrestles with what to do with International Space Station after 2024
20 May 2018 - "Lawmakers last week questioned the Trump administration's proposal to end direct U.S. government support of the International Space Station in 2025, citing concerns about the economic viability of commercial outposts in low Earth orbit. In a pair of hearings before Senate and House panels, NASA's manager in charge of human spaceflight activities, the agency's inspector general, and independent experts testified on the future of the International Space Station, and the White House's plans to discontinue government funding of the orbiting research laboratory." (Spaceflight Now) >>>

NATS takes equity stake in Aireon
16 May 2018 - The UK air traffic management service provider, NATS, has announced it has invested in Aireon, the company pioneering a space-based air traffic surveillance service. >>>


SpaceDataHighway: 10,000 successful laser connections
20 May 2018 - The SpaceDataHighway system - the world's first 'optical fibre in the sky' based on cutting-edge laser technology - has achieved 10,000 successful laser connections. The reliability rate has reached 99.8%, and during the first one and a half years of routine operations these successful connections have downloaded more than 500 terabytes of data. >>>


US$250 billion satellite launch and manufacturing market forecast
16 May 2018 - NSR's Satellite Manufacturing and Launch Services, 8th Edition report, finds that despite a slow 2017, across the board, the global satellite manufacturing and launch market is poised to generate in excess of US$250 billion in the next decade. >>>

Small-satellites launch market could reach US$62 billion by 2030
15 May 2018 - According to Frost and Sullivan's recent analysis, Small-satellite Launch Services Market, Quarterly Update Q1 2018, there will be an estimated 11,631 launch demands for new constellation installations and replacement missions by 2030, which could take the market past the US$62 billion mark. >>>





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