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Summary: 16 Oct 2017 - 20 Oct 2017


 LAUNCHES Up 

New Aerojet Rocketdyne test-fires RS-25 engine
20 Oct 2017 - Aerojet Rocketdyne has test-fired its RS-25 engine, E2063, for 500 seconds at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. This is the second RS-25 engine Aerojet Rocketdyne has tested for NASA's second Exploration Mission (EM-2). >>>

NASA awards launch services contract for Landsat 9 mission
19 Oct 2017 - NASA has selected United Launch Services to provide launch services for the Landsat 9 mission. >>>

NASA awards launch services contract for Sentinel-6A mission
19 Oct 2017 - NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies to provide launch services for the Sentinel-6A mission. Launch is currently targeted for November 2020, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 Full Thrust rocket from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. >>>

Iridium announces date for 4th Iridium NEXT launch
19 Oct 2017 - Iridium Communications Inc. announced that the fourth Iridium NEXT launch has been targeted by SpaceX for 23 December 2017 at 0126 UTC from Vandenberg Air Force Base. >>>

Spacecom orders two Falcon 9 launches
19 Oct 2017 - Israel's Space Communication (Spacecom) has signed a deal with SpaceX to launch two communication satellites, after a Falcon 9 rocket with Spacecom's Amos 6 on board exploded on the launch pad in 2016. >>>

ULA to place a Bigelow habitat in low lunar orbit
17 Oct 2017 - Bigelow Aerospace and United Launch Alliance (ULA) are working together to launch a B330 expandable module on ULA's Vulcan launch vehicle. The launch would place a B330 outfitted module in Low Lunar Orbit by the end of 2022 to serve as a lunar depot. >>>

New cargo ship lifts off to the ISS after delay
16 Oct 2017 - Rocket: Soyuz-2.1a; Payload: Progress MS-07 [Progress P 68]; Date: 14 October 2017, 0846 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The Progress MS-07 cargo spacecraft was accurately placed on the target orbit for the ISS resupplying mission. This was the twelfth Soyuz family mission in 2017. >>>

United Launch Alliance launches NROL-52 mission for NRO
16 Oct 2017 - Rocket: Atlas V; Payload: NROL-52; Date: 15 October 2017, 0728 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. Officials said the classified payload was successfully launched on behalf of the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). >>>

Rocket motor for Ariane 6 and Vega-C is cast for testing
16 Oct 2017 - The first full-scale model of the rocket motor that will propel Ariane 6 and Vega-C into orbit has been cast and filled with inert propellant for testing at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New Dawn's mission at Ceres has been extended
20 Oct 2017 - NASA has authorised a second extension of the Dawn mission at Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. >>>

New UrtheCast, E-GEOS collaborate to offer optical and SAR products
20 Oct 2017 - UrtheCast Corp., its subsidiary Deimos Imaging and e-GEOS (a company owned by Telespazio and the Italian Space Agency) announced a strategic partnership to offer a combination of joint optical and radar sensors with ground stations. >>>

Sentinel-5P satellite 'in excellent health' after launch
18 Oct 2017 - Europe's Sentinel-5P satellite - the first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring the air we breathe - is in excellent health, the European Space Agency said. The 820 kg satellite was lofted into orbit from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia last Friday on a Rokot. >>>

Russia increases GLONASS constellation to 24 satellites
18 Oct 2017 - Russia has started using the GLONASS-M No. 52 navigation satellite built by the Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems company pursuant to its designation, State Space Corporation Roskosmos said. >>>

D-Orbit to collaborate with Sky and Space Global on nanosats
18 Oct 2017 - D-Orbit has signed a binding agreement with Sky and Space Global (SAS), a satellite company with European and Israeli centres of Aerospace, Satellite and Software Industry Experts, to provide launch and deployment services for the upcoming roll-out of the SAS nanosatellite constellation. >>>

TAS wins equipment contract for ESA's Biomass mission
17 Oct 2017 - Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space GmbH to develop the feed array system for the antenna on the European Space Agency's Biomass spacecraft. This equipment is essential to guarantee the full satellite performance. >>>

 

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