Summary: 20.Feb.2020 - 26.Feb.2020

LAUNCHES

New Orion Launch Abort System Attitude Control Motor tested
26.Feb.2020 - Northrop Grumman Corporation, along with NASA and Lockheed Martin, successfully completed its third and final qualification test of the Attitude Control Motor (ACM) for NASA's Orion spacecraft Launch Abort System (LAS). >>>

GISAT-1 launch set for 5 March
25.Feb.2020 - ISRO's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F10) will launch the Geo Imaging Satellite (GISAT-1) from the Second Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. The launch is tentatively scheduled at 1213 UTC on 5 March 2020, subject to weather conditions. >>>

SpaceX CRS-20 launch targeted for 6 March
25.Feb.2020 - SpaceX is now targeting 7 March at 0450 UTC for launch of its 20th commercial resupply services mission (CRS-20) to the International Space Station. >>>

No Russian launch failures in 2019
23.Feb.2020 - Roskosmos reached the end of last year without a single accident, which was the first time in 16 years, thanks to its new corporate policy, Roskosmos head Dmitry Rogozin said at a conference of aerospace insurers. >>>

Chang Zheng 5B maiden flight expected in April
23.Feb.2020 - The maiden flight of the Chang Zheng-5B rocket carrying a trial version of China's new-generation manned spaceship is expected to take place in April, indicating the imminent start of construction of China's space station. >>>

Ninth Meridian satellite launched
20.Feb.2020 - Rocket: Soyuz-2.1a/Fregat-M; Payload: Meridian-M No.19L; Date: 20 February 2020, 0824 UTC; Launch site: Plesetsk, Russia. The military communications satellite was placed into an 895 km x 39,550 km x 62.86° Molniya orbit two hours and twenty minutes after launch. >>>

China launches experimental satellites
20.Feb.2020 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 2D; Payload: XJS-C, XJS-D, XJS-E, XJS-F; Date: 19 February 2020, 2107 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. The satellites were deployed into 474 km x 482 km x 35.01° orbits. >>>

SATELLITES

New Mission Extension Vehicle docks with Intelsat 901 satellite
26.Feb.2020 - Northrop Grumman Corporation and the company's wholly-owned subsidiary, SpaceLogistics LLC, have successfully completed the first docking of the Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV-1) to the Intelsat 901 (IS-901) spacecraft in order to provide life-extension services. >>>

New Four BeiDou satellites join system to provide services
26.Feb.2020 - Four new satellites of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) have recently passed tests in orbit and joined the system to provide positioning, navigation and timing services. >>>

First instrument delivered for Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer
25.Feb.2020 - The first instrument to fly on ESA's Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer, or JUICE, has been delivered for integration onto the spacecraft this month. The ultraviolet spectrograph, or UVS for short, pictured in this photo while being prepared before shipping, was designed and built by Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, USA. >>>

OneWeb satellites delivered from Florida to Baikonur spaceport
24.Feb.2020 - A new batch of OneWeb communication satellites has been sent from a Florida plant to the Baikonur spaceport, the press service of the company's branch in Russia was quoted as saying. >>>

Pléiades Neo imaging satellites begin testing
24.Feb.2020 - The first two Airbus-built Pléiades Neo imaging satellites have started comprehensive environmental testing, to ensure they are ready for in-orbit operation. >>>

DMSP satellite decommissioned after 22 years of service
23.Feb.2020 - On 11 February. after more than 22 years of providing weather data to the U.S. and its allies, Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Flight 14 was decommissioned after completing 118,052 orbits of the Earth. >>>

Ball Aerospace completes MethaneSAT preliminary design review
20.Feb.2020 - Ball Aerospace successfully completed the preliminary design review (PDR) of the advanced spectrometer instrument for the MethaneSAT Flight System, a 350-kilogram satellite that will locate and measure methane emissions around the globe. With the completion of PDR, Ball will proceed with the critical design phase. >>>

PLATFORMS

New Telecom, technology, aviation companies create HAPS Alliance
26.Feb.2020 - A group of companies recently announced that they are forming the HAPS Alliance, an association of world-leading telecommunications, technology, aviation, and aerospace companies that are united in promoting the use of high altitude vehicles in the Earth's stratosphere. >>>

LAW & ORDER

SES responds to Intelsat's leaving the C-band Alliance
23.Feb.2020 - SES S.A. Said it had noted comments made by Intelsat in its ex-parte submission to the U.S. Federal Communication Commission (FCC) dated 19 February 2020. >>>

BUSINESS

New Iridium Communications Inc. results Q4 2019
26.Feb.2020 - Iridium Communications Inc. reported financial results for the fourth quarter of 2019. >>>

Kleos Space secures €3.1 million loan agreement
23.Feb.2020 - Kleos Space S.A, a space-powered Radio Frequency Reconnaissance data-as-a-service (DaaS) company, headquartered in Luxembourg, secured a €3.1 million loan agreement with Dubai-based family office Winance to progress its commercialisation plans and repay the extant convertible note. Winance will further provide optional €6.0 million through a convertible note agreement, subject to final documentation. >>>

FEEDS & LINKS

Spacecom, GetSat test broadband satcom for ISR applications
24.Feb.2020 - Spacecom, operator of the Amos satellite fleet, and Get SAT, an innovator in small, lightweight satellite communication terminals for airborne, ground, and maritime applications have successfully tested and demonstrated full mobile broadband satcom capabilities for ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) applications. >>>