Summary: 26 Apr 2022 - 01 May 2022


NewPossible outage
01 May 2022 - Over the next few days, there may be no updates. Please accept my apologies for the inconvenience. The online archive will of course stay accessible. >>>


China launches two new satellites
30 Apr 2022 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 2C; Payload: Siwei 01, Siwei 02; Date: 29 April 2022, 0411 UTC; Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center China. The satellites have entered the planned Sun-synchronous orbit of 486 km × 302 km × 97.47 degrees. >>>

#Chang Zheng 2C

New launch brings Starlink fleet to 2,441 spacecraft
30 Apr 2022 - Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: Starlink 4-16 (53 satellites); Date: 29 April 2022, 1127 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, USA. >>>

#Falcon 9 #SpaceX #Starlink

Angara 1.2 completes test flight
30 Apr 2022 - Rocket: Angara 1,2; Payload: Kosmos 2555; Date: 29 April 2022, 1755 UTC; Launch site: Plesetsk, Russia. The military satellite was placed into a 278 km × 293 km × 96.45 degrees Sun-synchronous orbit. >>>

#Angara 1.2 #Kosmos #radar

China launches five more Gaofen satellites
30 Apr 2022 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 11; Payload: five Jilin-1 Gaofen satellites; Date: 30 April 2022, 0330 UTC. The satellites were deployed into approx. 530 km × 575 km × 97.54 degrees Sun-synchronous orbit. >>>

#CALT #Chang Zheng 11 #Earth observation #Gaofen

MT Aerospace AG expects good order prospects
28 Apr 2022 - Amazon opted for launches with Europe's new large Ariane 6 rocket when setting up its Project Kuiper satellite constellation in space. MT Aerospace AG, a subsidiary of the German space and technology group OHB SE, is one of the largest supplier of components for this launch vehicle programme and expects good order prospects from the Ariane 6 Prime contractor ArianeGroup, following Arianespace's launch contract award. >>>

#Amazon #Ariane 6 #ArianeGroup #Arianespace #Kuiper #MT Aerospace #OHB #Prime #Project Kuiper #Vulcain #Vulcain 2.1

Vyoma partners with Atos Germany to improve satellite safety
28 Apr 2022 - Vyoma, a startup aiming to make space safer, has partnered with Atos to help improve the safety of satellites in orbit. The partnership leverages Vyoma's solution for tracking objects in space and Atos' secure data management system to enable satellite operators to more effectively avoid costly collisions and unnecessary manoeuvring. >>>

#Atos #Vyoma

NanoAvionics builds first nanosatellite for Prométhée
28 Apr 2022 - Satellite operator Prométhée has contracted mission integrator NanoAvionics to build the first nanosatellite for the French company's planned constellation of Earth observation nanosatellites and image analysis platform. "ProtoMéthée-1" will be based on NanoAvionics' 16U nanosatellite bus M16P. >>>

#Earth observation #NanoAvionics #Prométhée

Falcon 9 launches 4th Crew Dragon mission to ISS
27 Apr 2022 - Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: Crew Dragon (Crew-4); Date: 27 April 2022, 0752 UTC; Launch site: Kennedy Space Center, USA. >>>

#Crew Dragon #Falcon 9 #ISS #SpaceX

Next Arianespace launch scheduled for 22 June with Ariane 5
26 Apr 2022 - The first Ariane 5 of the year will orbit two geostationary telecommunication satellites, Measat-3d and GSAT-24. Mission VA257 will help improve the broadband coverage in the Asia-Pacific region. >>>

#Airbus #Ariane 5 #Arianespace #Measat #NSIL

Vega-C: Launcher integration begins for inaugural flight VV21
26 Apr 2022 - Launcher integration for the inaugural flight of Vega-C began with the P120C solid-fuel first stage being delivered to the Vega Launch Zone (Zone de Lancement Vega, or ZLV) at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on 15 April 2022. >>>

#Ariane 6 #P120C #Vega C


NewNanoAvionics to provide 12U bus to NASA
01 May 2022 - NanoAvionics has been selected to build a 12U nanosatellite bus for an in-orbit demonstration of NASA's Advanced Composite Solar Sail System (ACS3). This a result of a contract between NASA Ames Research Center and AST for a 12U bus to carry NASA's payload into low Earth orbit (LEO) including an approximately 74 square meter composite boom and solar sail system. >>>


NewGomSpace to deliver Mission Control System for KSAT
01 May 2022 - GomSpace signed a contract to develop, deliver and support the Mission Control System that KSAT will use to operate the Arctic Weather Satellite mission. >>>

#GomSpace #KSAT #OHB

Arabsat orders Arabsat 7A SDS from Thales Alenia
30 Apr 2022 - Arabsat and Thales Alenia Space have signed a contract to build Arabsat-7A, a fully flexible Software-Defined Satellite (SDS) based on the Space Inspire (INstant SPace In-orbit REconfiguration) platform by Thales Alenia Space. >>>

#Arabsat #SDS #Thales Alenia Space

Launch of newest GLONASS-K2 navigation satellite next autumn
27 Apr 2022 - The new-generation GLONASS-K2 navigational satellite will be orbited this autumn, a source in the rocket and space industry was quoted as saying. >>>


Russia may integrate comsats with China's constellation
27 Apr 2022 - Russia will co-operate with China in satellite surveillance and communications constellations as is now the case with navigational systems, Head of Russia's State Space Corporation Roskosmos Dmitry Rogozin was quoted as saying. >>>

#Beidou #GLONASS

China starts engineering development of Chang'e next phase
27 Apr 2022 - China will start engineering development of the fourth phase of its lunar exploration programme this year, according to a senior official of the China National Space Administration (CNSA). >>>


Inmarsat CEO issues warning over "unmanaged expansion" in space industry
26 Apr 2022 - Rajeev Suri, Chief Executive Officer of Inmarsat, issued a stark warning that unmanaged space sector expansion could exacerbate environmental damage, stifle innovation and undermine the long-term capability of satellites to help combat climate change. >>>

#Inmarsat #ORCHESTRA #debris

BlackSky upgrades site monitoring
26 Apr 2022 - BlackSky said it upgraded its site monitoring capabilities with new analytics and imaging features to meet customers' varied needs for information gathering and intelligence across geographically diverse environments. >>>

#BlackSky Technology


NewYahsat to deliver satellite communications for UAE Government
01 May 2022 - Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PJSC announced that its dedicated government arm, Yahsat Government Solutions (YGS), has been successfully awarded a contract by the UAE Government to provide satcom capabilities for its platforms. >>>