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Summary: 15 Jan 2019 - 21 Jan 2019


 FAILURES Up 

Iranian satellite launch fails
15 Jan 2019 - Iran launched a satellite on 15 January but the spacecraft failed to reach orbit, state television quoted the telecommunications minister as saying. >>>

Russian space telescope still not responding
15 Jan 2019 - Another attempt to restore control over Russia's radio telescope Spektr-R has failed, Alexander Bloshenko, adviser on science to the chief of Russia's state space corporation Roskosmos, was quoted as saying. >>>


 LAUNCHES Up 

New China launches two satellites for multispectral imaging
21 Jan 2019 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 11; Payload: two Jilin-1 satellites, two experimental satellites; Date: 21 January 2019, 0542 UTC; Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China. The satellites have successfully entered their preset orbit, according to the center. >>>

New Russia to launch Arctic weather satellite
21 Jan 2019 - The first Russian satellite for weather forecasting and monitoring climate and environment in the Arctic region, Arktika-M, is planned to be sent to near-earth orbit in June 2019, a source in the Russian space industry was quoted as saying. >>>

JAXA launches 4th Epsilon
20 Jan 2019 - Rocket: Epsilon-4; Payload: Innovative Satellite Technology Demonstration-1; Date: 18 January 2019, 0050 UTC; Launch site: Uchinoura Space Center, Japan. The launch and flight of Epsilon-4 occurred nominally. All seven satellites separated from the launch vehicle successfully. >>>

Delta IV Heavy lofts classified payload into unusual orbit
20 Jan 2019 - Rocket: Delta IV Heavy; Payload: NROL-71; Date: 19 January 2019, 1910 UTC; Launch site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, USA. The classified payload was delivered into an unusual low-Earth orbit with an inclination of approx. 74 degrees. >>>

Delay of the day: Epsilon-4/Innovative Satellite Technology Demonstration-1
17 Jan 2019 - Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has postponed the schedule of the fourth Epsilon Launch Vehicle (Epsilon-4) with aboard the Innovative Satellite Technology Demonstration-1 from the JAXA Uchinoura Space Center. >>>

ISRO to launch Kalamsat, Microsat on PSLV-C44 on 24 January
17 Jan 2019 - The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch an imaging satellite Microsat-R along with a student payload 'Kalamsat' from its spaceport in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, on 24 January at 1808 UTC. >>>

Adapter for Eutelsat/MEV launch returns to Russia
17 Jan 2019 - Khrunichev Space Center said it continues its preparations to launch the Eutelsat 5 West B and MEV-1 spacecraft using a Proton M rocket equipped with a Briz M upper stage. >>>

New launch date for classified mission
16 Jan 2019 - A new date has been set for the launch of a Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying the NROL-71 mission for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. >>>

Iran to try satellite launch again in a few months' time
16 Jan 2019 - Iran will be ready for a new satellite launch in a few months' time after a failed attempt this week, President Hassan Rouhani said. >>>

CGWIC signs launch agreement with Satellogic
15 Jan 2019 - China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) announced a Multiple Launch Services Agreement (MLA) with Satellogic. >>>

Russia to complete military satellite constellation Blagovest in April
15 Jan 2019 - The launch of the fourth and last military communications satellite of Russia's Blagovest constellation is tentatively planned for April, a source in the space industry was quoted as saying. >>>

D-Orbit to develop precise in-orbit CubeSat deployer
15 Jan 2019 - The European Space Agency (ESA) awarded D-Orbit SpA with a contract for the development of a precise in-orbit CubeSat deployer. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New ArianeGroup to study a Moon mission for ESA
21 Jan 2019 - The European Space Agency (ESA) has signed a one-year contract with ArianeGroup to study and prepare for a mission to go to the Moon with the aim of mining regolith. >>>

Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 recovered, collecting science data
17 Jan 2019 - The Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3 was brought back to full operational status and completed its first science observations on 17 January. The instrument autonomously shut down on 8 January after internal data erroneously indicated invalid voltage levels. >>>

Efforts to regain contact with Spektr-R continue
17 Jan 2019 - Specialists will try once again to regain control over Spektr-R radio telescope on 21 January when the distance to the spacecraft will be minimal, said Alexander Bloshenko, science advisor to Roskosmos chief Rogozin. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

Boeing invests in Isotropic Systems Ltd.
16 Jan 2019 - Boeing announced its investment in Isotropic Systems Ltd., a London-based startup pioneering next-generation solutions to better connect people and enterprises around the globe. >>>

Aireon announces credit facility with Deutsche Bank
16 Jan 2019 - Aireon LLC announced it has signed a credit facility agreement for US$200 million with a group of several independent investor funds, led by Deutsche Bank. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

Iridium Certus goes live
16 Jan 2019 - Iridium Communications Inc. announced the commercial launch of its Iridium Certus broadband service, the first new capability activated from the company's US$3 billion Iridium NEXT satellite replacement programme. >>>

 

 

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