Summary: 04 Dec 2018 - 10 Dec 2018


China launches probe to land on far side of the moon
09 Dec 2018 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 3B; Payload: Chang'e 4; Date: 7 December 2018, 1823 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. The lunar rover is expected to make the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon sometime in January. >>>

Saudi imaging satellites launch aboard Chinese rocket
09 Dec 2018 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 2D; Payload: SaudiSat 5A, SaudiSat 5B, 10 microsatellites and nanosatellites; Date: 7 December 2018, 0412 UTC; Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China. Officials declared the launch successful, according to China Great Wall Industry Corp. >>>

Delay of the day: Delta IV Heavy/NROL-71
09 Dec 2018 - For two times in a row, technical troubles have forced ULA to scrub a Delta IV Heavy launch attempt at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The rocket is to carry a classified U.S. National Reconnaissance Office satellite. >>>

Inmarsat first customer for new MHI launch vehicle
06 Dec 2018 - Inmarsat has entered into an agreement with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) to be the first commercial customer to place an order for the new H3 launch vehicle. >>>

United Launch Alliance to launch NROL-71
06 Dec 2018 - A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) will lift-off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on 8 December at 0419 UTC. The mission is designated NROL-71. >>>

Falcon 9 launches CRS-16 mission to ISS
05 Dec 2018 - Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: CRS-16; Date: 5 December 2018, 1816 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. The CRS cargo vessel successfully made it to orbit, which was the primary goal of the launch. However, the rocket's first stage missed its goal of securing an upright landing on solid ground at Cape Canaveral's Landing Zone 1. >>>

Rocket Lab prepares to launch CubeSat mission for NASA
05 Dec 2018 - US small satellite launch company Rocket Lab is gearing up for the company's third orbital launch of the year, the Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa)-19 mission for NASA. >>>

Ariane 5 orbits Indian, Korean satellites in final 2018 flight
04 Dec 2018 - Rocket: Ariane 5 ECA; Payload: GSAT-11, GEO-KOMPSAT-2A; Date: 4 December 2018, 2037 UTC; Launch site: Kourou, French Guiana. In its final launch of 2018, Ariane 5 placed the satellites in geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). >>>

RUAG Space USA begins production on U.S.-made flight Hardware
04 Dec 2018 - RUAG Space has completed and passed a Manufacturing Readiness Review (MRR) for the Payload Fairing for United Launch Alliance's (ULA) Atlas V-500. This will be the first U.S.-made flight hardware by RUAG Space USA in Decatur, Alabama. >>>


New Harris launches its first smallsat
10 Dec 2018 - NASA's Voyager 2 probe now has exited the heliosphere - the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the Sun. >>>

NOAA targets January 2019 to declare GOES-17 operational
09 Dec 2018 - On 20 November 2018, technicians observed an error from NOAA's GOES-17 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) - unrelated to the ongoing issues with the loop heat pipe - that resulted in degraded infrared imagery. >>>

exactEarth AIS payload on the PAZ radar satellite is now live
09 Dec 2018 - exactEarth Ltd. announced that its advanced AIS payload onboard the Spanish radar satellite, PAZ, has completed its commissioning phase and is now fully-operational. >>>

Ball Aerospace delivers pollution monitoring instrument to NASA
09 Dec 2018 - Ball Aerospace has delivered the Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) spectrometer to NASA after a successful final acceptance review. >>>

BepiColombo checks ion thrusters
06 Dec 2018 - BepiColombo, the joint ESA/JAXA spacecraft on a mission to Mercury, is now firing its thrusters for the first time in flight. >>>

TAS co-operates with Korean companies on radar satellite project
05 Dec 2018 - Thales Alenia Spac announced that it has signed two contracts with Korea, one with Aerospace Industries, LTD. (KAI) and one with Hanwha Systems Corporation (HSC) to develop a constellation of high-resolution observation radar satellites for the Agency for Defence Development (ADD), known as Korea "425 Project." >>>

Millennium Space Systems completes ALTAIR Pathfinder mission
05 Dec 2018 - Millennium Space Systems completed the final phase of its ALTAIR Pathfinder satellite mission on 17 November. >>>

MDA to provide subsystem designs for international Mars rover mission
04 Dec 2018 - MDA was selected by Airbus to provide a conceptual design of a rover mobility system and sample acquisition system planned to explore Mars and acquire samples that will be returned to Earth. >>>


Eurobroadband Infrastructure launches KA-SAT partner programme
06 Dec 2018 - Eurobroadband Infrastructure (EBI), a subsidiary of Eutelsat, is launching a Preferred Partner Programme for the distribution of capacity on its KA-SAT satellite. The programme aims at revitalising the distribution of KA-SAT capacity to boost the deployment of Internet access via satellite. >>>






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