Summary: 20.Sep.2020 - 24.Sep.2020

LAUNCHES

New Exolaunch arranges ride for Spire satellites on Sept. Soyuz mission
24.Sep.2020 - Exolaunch announced that it will arrange the launch and provide technical mission management for four of Spire Global's Lemur-class 3U cubesats aboard a Soyuz-2.1b rocket mission scheduled for 28 September. >>>

New Next-gen GLONASS-K satellite delivered to Plesetsk
24.Sep.2020 - A next-generation GLONASS-K satellite has been delivered to the Plesetsk cosmodrome ahead of a launch scheduled for 16 October, Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems said. >>>

Next Electron to loft Earth imaging satellites
22.Sep.2020 - Rocket Lab announced that its next Electron launch will be a rideshare mission to low Earth orbit for Planet and Spaceflight Inc.'s customer Canon Electronics. >>>

Delay of the Day: Soyuz ST/FalconEye 2
22.Sep.2020 - The launch of Russia's Soyuz-ST rocket with the UAE's FalconEye 2 satellite from French Guiana, scheduled for October, is postponed until early November, a rocket and space industry source was quoted as saying. >>>

Pixxel enters agreement with Momentus for 2nd satellite launch
22.Sep.2020 - Momentus Inc., a commercial space company providing in-space satellite transportation and infrastructure services, and Pixxel, a Bengaluru headquartered space-tech startup, announced the execution of a service agreement for delivering Pixxel's second smallsat to SSO orbit in December 2021 onboard a SpaceX Falcon-9 launch, as well as options to fly again in 2022. >>>

China launches new satellite to monitor ocean environment
21.Sep.2020 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 4B; Payload: Haiyang-2C (HY-2C); Date: 21 September 2020, 0540 UTC; Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China. The satellite was deployed into a 931 km x 948 km x 66.00 degrees orbit. >>>

Delta IV Heavy launch set for 26 September
21.Sep.2020 - The launch of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying the NROL-44 mission for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office is now planned for 26 September 2020. >>>

Arianespace to resume OneWeb constellation's deployment
21.Sep.2020 - Pursuant to an amended launch contract with OneWeb, Arianespace will perform 16 more Soyuz launches from three spaceports (Kourou, Baikonur and Vostochny) beginning in late 2020 and continuing through 2022. These launches will enable OneWeb to complete the deployment of its full global constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites by the end of 2022. >>>

Chinese startup to use electromagnetic power to launch satellites
21.Sep.2020 - Guangzhou-based company Guoyao Tech announced a roadmap to complete a prototype launch of 10 kg by 2022 and short-range tonnage launch by 2023 using a novel launch system - based on electromagnetic technology that could essentially bring satellites and humans into space. >>>

Sentinel-6 launch set for 10 November
20.Sep.2020 - The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite is targeted for lift-off 10 November at 1931 UTC from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California, USA. >>>

Complex to build 20 Chang Zheng 11 rockets per year
20.Sep.2020 - State-owned space conglomerate China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp (CAST) is working with local authorities in Shandong province to set up a manufacturing complex for solid-propellant rockets, according to a project insider. >>>

SATELLITES

New Eutelsat to operate OVZON-3 satellite
24.Sep.2020 - Eutelsat Communications and Ovzon AB have entered into a long-term agreement for the provision of satellite control services following a competitive bidding process involving all major satellite operators. >>>

SEOSAT/INGENIO ready for shipment
23.Sep.2020 - On Thursday, 24 September, the Spanish optical Earth observation satellite SEOSAT/INGENIO will begin its journey from Torrejón air base in Madrid (Spain) to Kourou, for a launch on a Vega rocket. SEOSAT, acronym for Spanish Earth Observation Satellite, is a high resolution optical satellite devoted to civil use, to be placed in orbit at an altitude of 670 kilometers with a launch scheduled for 18 November 2020. >>>

JPL delivers radar hardware for Jupiter mission
22.Sep.2020 - Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory met a significant milestone recently by delivering key elements of an ice-penetrating radar instrument for an ESA (European Space Agency) mission to explore Jupiter and its three large icy moons. >>>

Airbus selected for polar ice and snow topography mission
21.Sep.2020 - The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected Airbus to develop and build the Copernicus polar ice and snow topography mission (CRISTAL). With two satellites, the CRISTAL mission will ensure the long-term continuation of radar altimetry ice elevation and change records. It is one of six new missions to expand the current capabilities of the Copernicus space component. The contract is worth €300 million. >>>

China's Mars probe completes second orbital correction
21.Sep.2020 - China's Mars probe Tianwen-1 has successfully carried out its second orbital correction, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA). >>>

L3Harris completes primary mirror for Roman space telescope
20.Sep.2020 - L3Harris Technologies has finished figuring, polishing and coating the primary mirror for NASA's Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, formerly known as the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), bringing it one step closer to launch. >>>

MethaneSAT completes CDR, moves into production phase
20.Sep.2020 - MethaneSAT said it has reached an important new milestone with completion of the Critical Design Review (CDR) phase for both the mission's remote sensing instrument and the spacecraft platform bus. Completion of the CDR means that MethaneSAT is now entering the production stage with a design that exceeds anticipated capabilities. >>>

China's new broadband satellite enters assembly stage
20.Sep.2020 - China's satellite producer GalaxySpace announced that its new broadband communication satellite has entered the assembly stage after the company completed the development of satellite payloads. >>>

China plans to launch Taiji-2 satellite before 2024
20.Sep.2020 - China plans to launch Taiji-2, a satellite to conduct in-orbit experiments on key technologies related to space-based gravitational wave detection, before 2024, Wu Yueliang, chief scientist of the Taiji programme, was quoted as saying. >>>

BUSINESS

ICEYE closes US$87 million Series C funding
22.Sep.2020 - ICEYE, an SAR data provider, announced the closing of a larger than planned US$87 million Series C funding, led by return investor True Ventures, with a significant additional investment by OTB Ventures. >>>

FEEDS & LINKS

New Swedish Space Corporation cuts links with China
24.Sep.2020 - China will soon lose the ability to access its weather and Earth-monitoring satellites via ground station locations affiliated with the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) in Sweden, Chile and Australia. >>>

New SES will be medium Earth orbit satellite partner for Microsoft Azure
24.Sep.2020 - SES has announced plans to significantly advance its digital transformation across its enterprise, operations and development of new services for the cloud-scale era. As a cornerstone of the strategy, SES signed a multi-year agreement with Microsoft to be an Azure Orbital partner as well as to accelerate and expand the use of Microsoft Azure across its operations and jointly develop cloud-based video and data connectivity managed services. >>>

Viasat real-time Earth ground service available via Azure Orbital
23.Sep.2020 - Viasat Inc. announced Viasat Real-Time Earth (RTE) is available as a managed services option for Microsoft Azure customers. >>>

RESEARCH

Report: COVID-19 shakes up in-flight connectivity industry
20.Sep.2020 - In its latest research, Prospects for In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity, Euroconsult provides a strategic review of the market reset resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and its significant impact on the aviation industry. >>>