Summary: 15 Feb 2017 - 21 Feb 2017


Dragon cargo vessel heading to the ISS
20 Feb 2017 - Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: Dragon/CRS-10; Date: 19 February 2017, 1439 UTC; Launch site: Kennedy Space Center, USA. About 2,475 kg of research equipment, cargo and supplies are packed into the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft that is now in Earth orbit and headed to the International Space Station. >>>

Vega and Sentinel-2B are readied for launch on 6 March
20 Feb 2017 - Arianespace's third flight of 2017 is moving into the final phase of preparations, with the lightweight Vega launcher's basic assembly completed and its Sentinel-2B Earth observation satellite encapsulated for lift-off on 6 March from the Spaceport in French Guiana. >>>

ISRO successfully tests cryogenic stage for flight duration
20 Feb 2017 - The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully tested its indigenously developed Cryogenic Upper Stage (CUS) for GSLV MkIII on 17 February 2017. >>>

Electron arrives at Rocket Lab launch complex 1
16 Feb 2017 - Rocket Lab delivered its first Electron vehicle to Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 marking the beginning of pre-flight checkouts. >>>

Kepler contracts Innovative Space Logistics for inaugural mission
16 Feb 2017 - Kepler Communications has contracted Innovative Space Logistics to manifest their first launch on-board an Indian polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV), scheduled to launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in November 2017. >>>

Indian rocket launches 104 satellites
15 Feb 2017 - Rocket: PSLV-C37; Payload: Cartosat 2D, INS 1A, INS 1B, Flock-3p 1 to 88, Lemur-2 22 to 29, BGUSat, DIDO 2, PEASSS, Al-Farabi 1, Nayif 1; Date: 15 February 2017, 0358 UTC; Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota, India. All 104 satellites were successfully deployed. >>>

Iridium announces target date for 2nd launch of Iridium NEXT
15 Feb 2017 - Iridium Communications Inc. announced it has received a targeted launch date of mid-June for the second mission of ten Iridium NEXT satellites. Originally anticipated for mid-April of 2017, the date has shifted due to a backlog in SpaceX's launch manifest as a result of last year's anomaly on 1 September. >>>


New Boeing to build JCSAT-18/Kacific-1 satellite
21 Feb 2017 - Boeing will build a 702 satellite to expand communication for mobile telephone, data and Internet users throughout the Asia-Pacific region. >>>

New MDA to provide antenna subsystems for Eutelsat-5WB
21 Feb 2017 - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. has received an Authorisation to Proceed from Airbus Defence and Space for the provision of multiple communication antenna subsystems to be integrated into the Eutelsat-5WB communication satellite. >>>

Airbus to develop payload, ground segment for MERLIN
17 Feb 2017 - Airbus Defence and Space has signed a contract with Space Administration at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) to develop and build all components of the German contribution to the German-French Earth observation mission MERLIN. >>>

NASA's Juno mission to remain in current orbit at Jupiter
17 Feb 2017 - NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter, which has been in orbit around the gas giant since 4 July 2016, will remain in its current 53-day orbit for the remainder of the mission. This will allow Juno to accomplish its science goals, while avoiding the risk of a previously-planned engine firing that would have reduced the spacecraft's orbital period to 14 days. >>>

NASA's TDRS-M satellite begins final testing
16 Feb 2017 - The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) project has begun final testing on a new satellite that will replenish NASA's Space Network. The spacecraft is scheduled to launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on 3 August 2017, on an Atlas V rocket. >>>

Hughes begins final testing of EchoStar XIX
15 Feb 2017 - Hughes Network Systems announced the successful completion of in-orbit testing and handover of EchoStar XIX from Space Systems Loral (SSL), manufacturers of this Ka-band high-throughput satellite. >>>

Ball Aerospace awarded spacecraft operation support
15 Feb 2017 - NASA has awarded a contract to Ball Aerospace for continued spacecraft operations support for the NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite. The sole source contract has a maximum ordering period of five years beginning 7 March 2017. >>>


MDA may buy DigitalGlobe
17 Feb 2017 - MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. is in talks to buy DigitalGlobe Inc. for about US$2 billion to US$3 billion, Dow Jones reported, citing sources. >>>





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