Summary: 11 Jan 2017 - 16 Jan 2017


Japanese mini-rocket launch fails
15 Jan 2017 - Japan's attempt to launch the SS-520, one of the smallest-ever rockets, has ended in failure shortly after lift-off at around 2330 UTC on 14 January from Uchinoura Space Center. >>>

Poor workmanship doomed Progress MS-04
12 Jan 2017 - Foreign particles inside a pump or violations of assembly procedures may have been to blame for the loss of the Progress MS-04 cargo space vehicle last December, Russian space corporation Roskosmos said. >>>

Chinese imaging satellites reach orbit after botched launch
12 Jan 2017 - China has received images from a pair of 0.5-meter high-resolution remote sensing satellites launched in late December last year. According to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), the satellites have reached their operational orbit after a partial launch failure. >>>


New Delay of the day: Atlas V NROL-79
16 Jan 2017 - The 27 January (UTC) launch date for a United Launch Alliance Atlas V carrying NROL-79 for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office is under review. >>>

New Airbus Defence and Space ships SES-10 to launch site
16 Jan 2017 - SES-10, the 10th Eurostar satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space for SES, has left the Airbus cleanrooms in Toulouse, France, and has been shipped to Cape Canaveral for its forthcoming launch by SpaceX. >>>

Falcon 9 returns to flight with first Iridium NEXT mission
15 Jan 2017 - Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: 10 Iridium NEXT satellites; Date: 14 January 2017, 1754 UTC; Launch site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, USA. The satellites were delivered into low-Earth orbit approximately one hour after the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off. >>>

Delay of the day: SS-520
11 Jan 2017 - JAXA has postponed the launch of a mini rocket that will put a satellite into space because of strong wind, an agency spokeswoman said. >>>

WGS-9 arrives at launch site
11 Jan 2017 - The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center sponsored ninth Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft has arrived at Titusville-Cocoa Airport, Florida. WGS-9 will provide additional communications capabilities to both U.S. forces and international partners. >>>

SBIRS GEO Flight 3 encapsulated for launch
11 Jan 2017 - The U.S. Air Force's next Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite, built by Lockheed Martin, was encapsulated on 7 January at Cape Canaveral, Florida, where it will launch on 20 January (UTC) aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. >>>


New Eutelsat 117 West B in commercial service
16 Jan 2017 - Eutelsat Communications announced that its Eutelsat 117 West B satellite has entered into full commercial service and is now ready to support customers across Latin America. >>>

Russia works on next-gen ELINT system
13 Jan 2017 - Russia's Defense Ministry continues to develop the Liana Electronic Intelligence Program (ELINT) using Lotos-S satellites, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said. >>>

Global Eagle acquires AMC-3 communication payload
13 Jan 2017 - Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. has acquired Ku-band payload on an SES communication satellite in a move to boost capacity for its customers in North America, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. >>>

Bangabandhu Satellite-1 programme passes CDR
11 Jan 2017 - The Bangabandhu programme has started the production phase with the integration of the communications module in Thales Alenia Space plant in Toulouse and the service module in Cannes, with the mating set for March 2017. At the same time, the ground team is kicking off factory acceptance tests and starting local work on the installation of ground antennas. >>>

Construction of two new Ekspress satellites has started
11 Jan 2017 - Information Satellite Systems - Reshetnev Company has begun building the new telecommunications satellites Ekspress-80 and Ekspress-103. >>>


Airbus sells its shares in Atlas Elektronik
12 Jan 2017 - Airbus Defence and Space has entered into an agreement to sell its 49% share in Atlas Elektronik Group to thyssenkrupp AG based in Essen, Germany. >>>


Hughes announces partnership with OneWeb
13 Jan 2017 - Hughes Network Systems, LLC announced a technology and marketing partnership with OneWeb. >>>





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