Summary: 17 Oct 2016 - 21 Oct 2016


Galileo satellites being fuelled
20 Oct 2016 - Fuelling operations have begun with the four Galileo spacecraft to be orbited next month from French Guiana on Arianespace's first launch that uses its Ariane 5 in deploying Europe's constellation of navigation satellites. >>>

Second modernised Soyuz capsule on its way to the ISS
19 Oct 2016 - Rocket: Soyuz-FG; Payload: Soyuz-MS 02; Date: 19 October 2016, 0805 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The crewed transportation spacecraft was successfully put into low Earth orbit and is headed for the International Space Station (ISS). >>>

Antares returns to flight with OA-5 mission
18 Oct 2016 - Rocket: Antares 230; Payload: OA-5 (Cygnus); Date: 17 October 2016, 2340 UTC; Launch site: Wallops Flight Facility, USA. The Antares medium-class rocket launched approximately 2,400 kilograms of cargo to the ISS. Following a nine-minute ascent, the spacecraft was successfully deployed into orbit. >>>

China launches crewed mission to mini space lab
17 Oct 2016 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 2F; Payload: Shenzhou-11; Date: 16 October 2016, 2330 UTC; Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China. Shenzhou-11 is carrying two astronauts who will remain in space for 33 days, the longest manned mission in the country's space programme to date. >>>

Vector Space Systems announces agreement with York Space Systems
17 Oct 2016 - Vector Space Systems has finalised an agreement with York Space Systems, an aerospace company specialising in small and medium class spacecraft, to conduct six satellite launches from 2019 through 2022 with the option for 14 additional launches. >>>


New Schiaparelli crash site located from orbit
21 Oct 2016 - NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has identified new markings on the surface of the Red Planet that are believed to be related to ESA's ExoMars Schiaparelli entry, descent and landing technology demonstrator module. >>>

New Thaicom subsidiary orders satellite from CGWIC
21 Oct 2016 - Thaicom Public Company Limited announced that its subsidiary, International Satellite Company Limited (ISC) has entered into a satellite procurement contract with China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC). >>>

Schiaparelli descent data being analysed
20 Oct 2016 - Essential data from the ExoMars Schiaparelli lander sent to its mothership Trace Gas Orbiter during the module's descent to the Red Planet's surface yesterday has been downlinked to Earth and is currently being analysed by experts. >>>

ExoMars TGO reaches Mars orbit; status of lander unclear
19 Oct 2016 - The Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) of ESA's ExoMars 2016 has successfully performed the long 139-minute burn required to be captured by Mars and entered an elliptical orbit around the Red Planet, while contact has not yet been confirmed with the mission's test lander from the surface. >>>

TAS opens facility in Belfast for Spacebus Neo structures
19 Oct 2016 - Thales Alenia Space has opened a facility in Belfast, Northern Ireland, that will expand Europe's capability with satellites that rely wholly on electric propulsion. >>>

Juno enters safe mode and then regains normal operation
19 Oct 2016 - NASA's Juno spacecraft entered safe mode on 19 October at about 0547 UTC. Early indications are a software performance monitor induced a reboot of the spacecraft's onboard computer. >>>

Aerojet Rocketdyne delivers first propulsion hardware for Starliner
19 Oct 2016 - Aerojet Rocketdyne has completed delivery of the first set of hardware for Boeing's Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner service module propulsion system. >>>

Boeing awards GS Yuasa order for space qualified lithium-ion cells
18 Oct 2016 - GS Yuasa Lithium Power (GYLP), a U.S. subsidiary of GS Yuasa Corporation (GYC), announced that it has received an order from The Boeing Company for the procurement of LSE190 lithium-ion cells to be used in GEO satellite applications. >>>

Schiaparelli released from Trace Gas Orbiter, begins descent to Mars
17 Oct 2016 - The ExoMars 2016 mission reached another major milestone on 16 October as the Schiaparelli lander separated from the TGO, or Trace Gas Orbiter. >>>

Engine problems delay Juno engine burn at Jupiter
17 Oct 2016 - Mission managers for NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter have decided to postpone the upcoming burn of its main rocket motor originally scheduled for 19 October. >>>


NanoSpace becomes part of GomSpace
17 Oct 2016 - Swedish Space Corporation has sold 100% of the shares of NanoSpace AB, a wholly owned subsidiary of SSC, to GS Sweden AB, the parent company of GomSpace ApS. >>>


New Airbus DS contracts with Intelsat General
21 Oct 2016 - Intelsat General, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intelsat, has announced that it has been awarded a long-term contract to provide commercial satellite communication services for a European defence network being provided by Airbus Defence and Space. >>>


Report: satellite capacity pricing in prolonged freefall
20 Oct 2016 - NSR's Satellite Capacity Pricing Index, second Edition (Q4 2016), released today, finds satellite capacity pricing in a prolonged freefall for most applications as more supply comes online and HTS offerings proliferate. >>>


Airbus weather satellite MetOp-A notches up 10 years
18 Oct 2016 - Europe's first polar orbiting weather satellite MetOp-A, built by Airbus Defence and Space for ESA/EUMETSAT, has been providing weather and climate data since it was launched on 19 October 2006. >>>





Guardian >>>

Space Policy Online >>>

National Defense Magazine >>>

DoD News >>>