Summary: 17 Oct 2018 - 23 Oct 2018


Investigators identify responsible for botched Soyuz launch
21 Oct 2018 - Members of a Roskosmos commission and investigators have identified those who could be responsible in the damage to one of the sensing devices on board the Soyuz-FG rocket, which could have led to the failed launch of the Soyuz MS-10 manned spacecraft. >>>

Signal failure may have caused Soyuz staging problem
17 Oct 2018 - Signal failure might have occurred at the moment of separation of the first and second stages of the Soyuz-FG rocket, which triggered the safety system that aborted the launch, according to Sergey Krikalyov, Roskosmos executive director for manned programmes. >>>


New Hubble moving closer to normal science operations
23 Oct 2018 - NASAA is optimistic that a backup gyroscope (gyro) can be used to operate the Hubble Space Telescope. The backup gyro was turned on after the spacecraft entered safe mode due to a failed gyro on 5 October but was incorrectly returning extremely high rotation rates. The rotation rates have since reduced and are now within an expected range. Additional tests will be performed to ensure Hubble can return to science operations with this gyro. >>>

New GOES-17 begins move to its new operational position
23 Oct 2018 - NOAA's GOES-17 satellite is getting ready to move to its new location at 137.2 degrees west. For the past seven months, the satellite has been in a temporary position - at 89.5 degrees west - known as its on-orbit checkout location. Since then, scientists have been testing and calibrating GOES-17's instruments. >>>

BepiColombo mission to Mercury successfully launched
21 Oct 2018 - Rocket: Ariane 5 ECA; Payload: BepiColombo; Date: 20 October 2018, 0145:28 UTC; Launch site: Kourou, French Guiana. Signals from the spacecraft, received at ESA's control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, via the New Norcia ground tracking station at 0221 UTC confirmed that the launch into its Earth escape trajectory was successful. >>>

Delay of the day: Radarsat Constellation
21 Oct 2018 - There's been another delay in the launch of Canada's three Earth-observation satellites known as the Radarsat Constellation. >>>

Ariane 6 Vinci engine: successful qualification tests
21 Oct 2018 - Qualification tests on the Vinci engine which will power the Ariane 6 upper stage were completed with the 148th test, which took place on 12 October 12 on the PF52 test bench at ArianeGroup's Vernon site. >>>

Return of the Rokot in 2021?
21 Oct 2018 - The launches of the Russian Rokot-2 light carrier rockets may begin again in 2021 which would allow achieving annual incomes of over RUB8 billion (US$120 million) if the decision to resume the project is made this year. >>>

Ariane 5 has the "green light" for BepiColombo launch
18 Oct 2018 - This week's Ariane 5 flight that will send BepiColombo on its way to the planet Mercury has been approved for lift-off on 20 October (UTC) following the launch readiness review held at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. >>>

Rocket Lab selects Wallops Flight Facility for U.S. launch site
18 Oct 2018 - US orbital launch provider Rocket Lab has confirmed it will build its first U.S. launch pad for the Electron rocket at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, USA. >>>

Atlas V launches fourth AEHF satellite
17 Oct 2018 - Rocket: Atlas V 551; Payload: AEHF-4; Date: 17 October 2018, 0415 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. The satellite successfully separated from the launch vehicle three hours and 32 minutes after lift-off. Satellite Manufacturer Lockheed Martin confirmed signal acquisition at 0747 UTC. >>>

Arianespace to launch Luxembourg's National Advanced Optical System
17 Oct 2018 - Arianespace is to launch the National Advanced Optical System (NAOS) under the term of a turnkey contract between OHB Italia and the Luxembourg's Directorate of Defence. >>>


Third Radarsat Constellation satellite shipped to launch site
22 Oct 2018 - MDA announced that it has shipped, as planned, the third and final satellite for the Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM) that MDA is building for the Canadian Space Agency. The constellation will launch from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. >>>

OSIRIS-REx executes second asteroid approach maneuver
22 Oct 2018 - NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft executed its second Asteroid Approach manoeuvre (AAM-2). The spacecraft's main engine thrusters fired in a braking manoeuvre designed to slow the spacecraft's speed relative to Bennu from 141 m/s to 5.2 m/s. Likewise, the spacecraft's approach speed dropped from nearly 12,200 km to 450 km per day. >>>

Orbit Logic's software selected for satellite servicing mission
22 Oct 2018 - Orbit Logic said that NASA has selected the company's STK Scheduler software for the Restore-L technology demonstration mission. During its mission, the Restore-L spacecraft will demonstrate the technologies required to rendezvous with, grasp, refuel and relocate a government-owned satellite. >>>

Update: Chandra X-ray Observatory out of safe mode
21 Oct 2018 - "Chandra remains in its normal pointing mode and has been manoeuvred to ensure the spacecraft and instruments remain at a cool operating temperature. The Flight Operations Team has completed testing and simulation of the procedures and on-board software updates that will place Chandra into a new gyroscope configuration with the gyroscope that caused the 10 October safe mode in reserve." >>>


New C-Band Alliance increases its FCC proposal to 200 MHz
23 Oct 2018 - The C-Band Alliance (CBA) announced that up to 200 MHz of mid-band (C-band downlink) spectrum could be cleared, dependent upon demand, under its updated proposal to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opening new spectrum to support 5G wireless deployment while protecting current users. >>>


Government of Canada to invest $7.2 million in exactEarth
22 Oct 2018 - exactEarth Ltd. announced that the Government of Canada will make an investment of C$7.2 million over three-years to support the development, management and expansion of exactView RT, the company's real-time Satellite-AIS service. >>>

UrtheCast receives new contract for UrtheDaily data services
22 Oct 2018 - UrtheCast Corp. announced that it has signed a binding contract for US$30 million to provide data from the company's planned UrtheDaily satellite Constellation. >>>


TAS to upgrade Galileo Mission Segment
18 Oct 2018 - ESA has awarded a new framework contract and two new work orders to Thales Alenia Space in France, to upgrade the Galileo Mission Segment (GMS) - that element of the world-wide Galileo ground segment dedicated to delivering navigation services - and the Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) near Paris, as well as to implement a second GSMC in Spain, near Madrid. >>>

Hispamar, Gilat launch satellite-based broadband service in Brazil
17 Oct 2018 - Hispamar, the Brazilian subsidiary of the Spanish satellite-based telecommunications operator Hispasat, and Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. have joined together to offer a new satellite-based broadband connectivity service, focusing on both the residential and corporate market, in order to extend Internet access to the parts of the country that are currently digitally isolated. >>>



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