Summary: 19 Sep 2021 - 23 Sep 2021

LAUNCHES

NewRocket Lab to launch ADRAS-J for Astroscale
23 Sep 2021 - Rocket Lab USA, Inc. announced it has signed a dedicated launch contract with Astroscale Japan Inc. Scheduled for lift-off from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 in 2023, the Electron rocket will launch the Active Debris Removal by Astroscale-Japan (ADRAS-J) satellite, which has been selected by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for Phase I of its Commercial Removal of Debris Demonstration Project (CRD2). >>>

#Astroscale #Electron #Rocket Lab #debris


NewLunasonde's Gossamer Satellite Constellation to be launched aboard Falcon 9
23 Sep 2021 - Lunasonde, a startup that focuses on subsurface imaging from space, and Exolaunch announced launch agreements to fly a portion of the Gossamer satellite constellation to a Sun-synchronous orbit aboard SpaceX's Falcon 9 Transporter missions in 2022. >>>

#Exolaunch #Falcon 9 #Lunasonde #SpaceX #radar


NewAstranis moves launch of first commercial satellite to Falcon Heavy
23 Sep 2021 - Astranis announced that its first commercial communications satellite, set to provide service for Alaska from geostationary orbit, will now launch as a secondary payload on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket on a direct-inject mission set for Spring 2022. >>>

#Astranis #Falcon 9 #Falcon Heavy #SpaceX


Kongsberg signs contracts for delivery to Europe's new launcher
22 Sep 2021 - Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace has signed two contracts with ArianeGroup to deliver technology to Europe's new Ariane 6 launcher, managed and funded by the European Space Agency (ESA). >>>

#Ariane 5 #Ariane 6 #ArianeGroup #Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace


Russia to conduct about 15 space launches by year-end
21 Sep 2021 - Russia is set to conduct about 15 space launches from different cosmodromes by the end of 2021, Head of the State Space Corporation Roskosmos Dmitry Rogozin said. >>>

#ISS #OneWeb #Prichal #Progress MS #Soyuz MS


Spaceflight Inc. announces multiple launch contracts
21 Sep 2021 - Spaceflight Inc. announced it has recently signed several new launch agreements with a wide range of organisations that are expanding space infrastructure. >>>

#Astrocast #Canon Electronics #Capella Space #Earth observation #GeoJump #HawkEye 360 #Loft Orbital #NearSpace Launch #Orbit Fab #Portland State Aerospace Society #Sherpa #Space Products and Innovation #SpaceX #Spaceflight #Spacemanic #University of Toronto #Xona Space Systems #cislunar #collision


Chinese cargo vessel launches with space station
20 Sep 2021 - Rocket: Chang Zheng-7 Y4; Payload: Tianzhou-3; Date: 20 September 2021, 0710 UTC; Launch site: Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site, China. The Tianzhou-3 cargo spacecraft has meanwhile successfully docked to the Tianhe basic module of China's space station. >>>

#CMSA #Chang Zheng 7 #Mengtian #Shenzhou #Tianhe #Tianzhou #Wentian


South Korea working on solid propellant engine
19 Sep 2021 - South Korea's Institute for Defense Analyses managed to carry out successful firing tests of a solid-propellant engine for a new space launch vehicle recently, paving way for commercial launches of this type of rockets to start as early as in 2024, the defence ministry said. >>>

#KSLV #Naro


SATELLITES

NewAliena and OrbAstro to demo propulsion system on 12U satellite
23 Sep 2021 - Aliena PTE Ltd (Aliena), a satellite propulsion provider, has signed a contract with Orbital Astronautics Ltd (OrbAstro), a satellite and in-orbit service provider, to fly its AA Multi-modal all-electric AOCS propulsion system onboard an OrbAstro ORB-12 (12U-class satellite) scheduled for launch in September 2022. >>>

#Aliena #Aurora Propulsion Technologies #OrbAstro #Orbital Astronautics #SAR #SDR


Aerojet Rocketdyne awarded NASA contract for Orion main engine
22 Sep 2021 - NASA has selected Aerojet Rocketdyne to build the Orion Main Engine (OME), the primary propulsion element for NASA's Orion spacecraft that will be used to explore deep space. >>>

#Aerojet Rocketdyne #Artemis #Lockheed Martin #Orion


Honeywell expands product offerings for small-satellite market
22 Sep 2021 - Honeywell has added three new products to its lineup of space offerings. The newest additions include Honeywell's X Band Downlink Transmitter and Optical Communication Terminal (OCT), which enable high-bandwidth data to be transmitted both down to Earth and between satellites. Additionally, Honeywell is debuting a new line of Commercial Series reaction wheel assemblies (RWAs) specifically designed for commercial space satellites. >>>

#Honeywell Aerospace #LeoStella #OCT


Demonstration and Science Experiments (DSX) mission concluded
21 Sep 2021 - Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) concluded a successful two-year on-orbit research mission for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). >>>

#AFRL #DSX #Sierra Nevada


Xplore receives contract from NSIC to accelerate Xcraft development
21 Sep 2021 - Xplore Inc., a commercial space company providing Space as a Service, announced it has received a US$2 million contract from National Security Innovation Capital (NSIC) within the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). This funding will accelerate the development of the Xcraft spacecraft platform, culminating with launch in 2023. >>>

#Accion Systems #Mars #NSIC #TILE #Venus #Xcraft #Xplore #cislunar


SDA approves L3Harris design plans for new missile tracking satellites
20 Sep 2021 - L3Harris Technologies has accomplished a key milestone in the development of a missile tracking satellite prototype for the U.S. Space Development Agency (SDA). >>>

#L3Harris Technologies #SDA #hypersonic


PLATFORMS

NewStratobus stratospheric airship passes a new development milestone
23 Sep 2021 - Thales Alenia Space has carried out a demonstration flight designed to validate the emergency recovery system for the Stratobus stratospheric airship, as part of the European Commission's HEMERA 2020 project. >>>

#HAPS #Thales Alenia Space


BUSINESS

OneWeb completes TrustComm transaction, creating OneWeb Technologies
22 Sep 2021 - OneWeb announced that it has completed its acquisition of Texas-based TrustComm Inc., a provider of managed satellite communications and professional services to commercial and governments organisations. OneWeb announced the planned acquisition of TrustComm in May and received all necessary regulatory approvals enabling the transaction to close. >>>

#OneWeb #TrustComm #latency


Xona Space Systems fully funded for first LEO satellite navigation mission
22 Sep 2021 - Xona Space Systems announced that it has raised a new funding round co-led by Seraphim Space Investment Trust and MaC Venture Capital, with participation from Toyota Ventures, Daniel Ammann (co-founder of u-blox), and Ryan Johnson (former CEO of BlackBridge, operator of the Rapideye constellation). Follow-on investors also include 1517 Fund and Stellar Solutions. >>>

#GNSS #PNT #Seraphim #Xona Space Systems


ANALYSIS

Satellite project with Chinese backing running into trouble – report
20 Sep 2021 - There is growing concern about the backers of a Sino-German satellite project, reports Süddeutsche Zeitung. Much of the money needed and parts of the technology are said to come from state-controlled companies in China, which also have links to the country's People's Army. Critics fear that the Chinese government is using the project to create another technological bridgehead in Europe and is pursuing hegemonic or military interests – an accusation that project participants reject. >>>

#Belgacom #Chang Zheng 6 #Electron #GMS Zhaopin #ITU #KLEO Connect #Kaskilo Connect #Kayser-Threde #LeoSat #O3b #OHB #SAIL #SECM #SES #SSSI #Trion Space


FEEDS & LINKS

U.S. Space Force to take over SATCOM operations from Army, Navy
22 Sep 2021 - The U.S. Space Force will take over satellite communications billets, funding and mission responsibility from the U.S. Army and Navy, the U.S. Department of Defense announced. >>>

#USSF


Hughes and SES demo first multi-orbit SATCOM for remotely piloted aircraft
22 Sep 2021 - Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes) and SES announced the successful first demonstration of a new multi-orbit satellite communications (SATCOM) capability for remotely piloted aircraft. >>>

#General Atomics #Hughes Network Systems #SES #jamming


Telespazio's broadband solution on board the Leonardo SW-4 SOLO drone
20 Sep 2021 - For the first time ever, a Leonardo rotary-wing aerial platform will be equipped with a satellite system built by Telespazio. The remotely piloted helicopter SW-4 SOLO will have a broadband connection supplied by Telespazio thanks to a through-the-rotor system, a project financed by national and international organisations. >>>

#Eutelsat #Hughes Network Systems #Leonardo #Telespazio


LAW & ORDER

Kymeta granted new U.S. Patent for multi-beam capabilities
21 Sep 2021 - The United States Patent and Trademark Office has awarded Kymeta Corporation a U.S. Patent for its multi-beam antenna configuration, enabling redundant, simultaneous, multi-orbit satellite connectivity. >>>

#5G #Kymeta


OQ Technology applies for U.S., European patents
21 Sep 2021 - 5G satellite operator OQ Technology has revealed six pending patent applications in the USA and in Europe that will improve satellite-based IoT and M2M communications in remote locations. >>>

#5G #IoT #M2M #OQ Technology


RESEARCH

NewEuroconsult: NGSO constellations continue to gain momentum
23 Sep 2021 - In its flagship report on the Satellite Connectivity and Video Market, Euroconsult projects the market value to double between 2020 to 2030. Driven primarily by non-geostationary orbit (NGSO) satellite constellations, by 2030, the satellite connectivity and video market is projected to exceed US$20 billion. NGSO capacity accounts for more than 75% of the projected market growth in the next decade. >>>

#Euroconsult #Lightspeed #NGSO #OneWeb #Starlink #Telesat