Summary: 14 Oct 2019 - 21 Oct 2019

LAUNCHES

New Rocketdyne and Firefly to provide flexible access to space
21 Oct 2019 - Aerojet Rocketdyne and Firefly Aerospace, Inc. announced a co-operative agreement that combines the capabilities of both companies to provide flexible, sustainable and highly competitive space access solutions, the companies said. >>>

New Cyclone 4M upper stage performs qualification test
21 Oct 2019 - Maritime Launch Services said a Cyclone 4 [Tsiklon 4] fully-integrated upper stage, destined for the Cyclone 4M rocket to be launched from Nova Scotia, Canada, recently underwent the 7000 series qualification profile. This was followed by a second full duration burn profile on 30 August 2019. >>>

Electron launches demo satellite for Astro Digital
17 Oct 2019 - Rocket: Electron/Curie; Payload: Palisade; Date: 17 October 2019, 0122 UTC; Launch site: Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand. The satellites was placed into a circular 1,200 km x 87.9 degrees orbit around 71 minutes after lift-off. >>>

Boeing contracted to build more SLS rocket stages
17 Oct 2019 - NASA and Boeing have initiated a contract for the production of 10 Space Launch System core stages and up to eight Exploration Upper Stages to support the third through the twelfth Artemis missions. Up to 10 additional core stages may be ordered under the contract. >>>

Delay of the day: Electron/'As The Crow Flies'
15 Oct 2019 - Rocket Lab is currently targeting no earlier than 17 October 2019, 0000 UTC for the launch of Rocket Lab's 9th mission, 'As The Crow Flies.' >>>

Firefly Black, LLC receives USAF Orbital Services Program award
15 Oct 2019 - Firefly Black, LLC announced its selection by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center's Small Launch and Targets Division as a launch service provider for the Orbital Services Program-4 Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract. >>>

Dymon rover to fly on Peregrine lunar lander
14 Oct 2019 - Dymon announced the signing of a joint agreement with Astrobotic to send the first Japanese lunar rover onboard the Peregrine lunar lander to the Moon in 2021. >>>

SATELLITES

New Rocket Lab introduces Photon satellite platform
21 Oct 2019 - Rocket Lab unveiled plans to support extended range missions to medium, geostationary, and lunar orbits with the company's Photon satellite platform. >>>

New JWST achieves milestone of successfully withstanding launch stresses
21 Oct 2019 - At Northrop Grumman Corporation in Redondo Beach, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope successfully validated its ability to perform key deployments for the first time since its post environmental testing of the Spacecraft Element (SCE) and integration of the SCE and Optical Telescope Element/Integrated Science Instrument Module (OTIS). >>>

New MUOS satellite system ready for full operational use
21 Oct 2019 - The Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), developed by prime contractor Lockheed Martin with ground systems provider General Dynamics Mission Systems, was deemed operationally effective, operationally suitable, and cyber survivable, following successful completion of its Multiservice Operational Test and Evaluation (MOT&E). >>>

Second Van Allen Probe to be shut down
17 Oct 2019 - Originally slated for a two-year mission, the second of the twin Van Allen Probes spacecraft will be retired just prior to running out of propellant, more than seven years after launch. >>>

TAS starts construction of new facilities in Spain
16 Oct 2019 - Thales Alenia Space has started construction of a new clean room. The construction works will span for a little less than a year. Once finished, the company will have the capacity to pursue high complexity activities such as the integration of the telecommunication payloads for Spain's next generation governmental satellites Spainsat NG and other large systems in the field of Earth observation and science instruments. >>>

ESA reports on ExoMars parachute progress
15 Oct 2019 - The European Space Agency said that positive steps towards solving the problems discovered with the ExoMars mission parachutes have been taken in the last month to keep on track for the July-August 2020 launch window. >>>

LeoLabs unveils New Zealand radar
14 Oct 2019 - LeoLabs, Inc. announced it had launched its Kiwi Space Radar (KSR). As the first commercial radar to track objects in LEO as small as 2 centimeters, the KSR sets a new standard for tracking the full range of threats to satellites from orbital debris, the company said. >>>

STSS demo satellites complete 10 years in orbit
14 Oct 2019 - The Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) satellites built by Northrop Grumman Corporation for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) have far surpassed their four-year on-orbit design life, completing a tenth year of space operations. >>>

Shipping container for Spacebus NEO satellites delivered
14 Oct 2019 - Thales Alenia Space announced the arrival of the first shipping container designed for the new family of communications satellites based on the Spacebus NEO platform. >>>