Summary: 08 Jun 2021 - 13 Jun 2021


New First Pegasus launch in almost two years
13 Jun 2021 - Rocket: Pegasus XL; Payload: Odyssey; Date: 13 June 2021, 0811 UTC; Launch site: Vandenberg Space Force Base (rocket was released from an L-1011 carrier aircraft). The satellite was deployed into a 405 km x 452 km x 97.48 degrees Sun-synchronous orbit. >>>

#Northrop Grumman #Pegasus XL #USSF

China launches four satellites
11 Jun 2021 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 2D; Payload: Beijing 3, Haisi-2, Tianjian Space Test-1, Wangwang-1; Date: 11 June 2021, 0303 UTC; Launch site: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, China. The satellites were released into 488 km x 502 km x 97.51 degrees Sun-synchronous orbits. >>>

#21AT #CASC #Chang Zheng 2D #DFH Satellite #SAST

China tests new parachute system for spent rocket boosters
08 Jun 2021 - China tested a new rocket-booster parachute system during a recent launch, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation said. >>>

#Chang Zheng 3B

HawkEye 360's 3rd cluster of next-gen satellites arrive at launch site
08 Jun 2021 - HawkEye 360 Inc. announced that its "Cluster 3" satellites have arrived at their Cape Canaveral launch site. The trio of HawkEye 360 second generation satellites, each containing an RF payload developed by HawkEye 360, is scheduled to launch as early as June aboard Spaceflight Inc.'s SXRS-5 mission, which is part of the SpaceX Transporter-2 mission. >>>

#HawkEye #SpaceX #Spaceflight


New NASA approves asteroid hunting space telescope to continue development
13 Jun 2021 - NASA has approved the Near-Earth Object Surveyor space telescope (NEO Surveyor) to move to the next phase of mission development after a successful mission review, authorising the mission to move forward into Preliminary Design (known as Key Decision Point-B). >>>

#NEO #Planetary Defense

ESA selects Venus mission EnVision
10 Jun 2021 - The EnVision Venus orbiter was selected by ESA's Science Programme Committee on 10 June as the fifth Medium-class mission in the Agency's Cosmic Vision plan, targeting a launch in the early 2030s. >>>

#ARIEL #Ariane 6 #DAVINCI+ #EnVision #Euclid #InSAR #PLATO #Solar Orbiter #VERITAS #Venus

General Atomics LINCS Satellites Arrive At Cape Canaveral
09 Jun 2021 - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced that its Laser Interconnect and Networking Communication System (LINCS) satellites have arrived at Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, FL to prepare for launch. >>>

#Falcon 9 #GA-EMS #General Atomics #OCT #SDA #SpaceX

MULA satellite passes Qualification Status Review at SSTL
09 Jun 2021 - Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) and the Advanced Satellite for the Philippines and Know-how Transfer for the Philippines (ASP) Project of the Space Technology Applications Mastery, Innovation and Advancement (STAMINA4Space) Program announced that the newly-named MULA (Multi-spectral Unit for Land Assessment) satellite has passed its Qualification Status Review at SSTL. >>>

#ADS-B #AIS #SSTL #TrueColour

Viasat's first ViaSat-3 satellite achieves major milestone
08 Jun 2021 - Viasat Inc. announced the first satellite in its ViaSat-3 global constellation, which will serve the Americas and the surrounding oceans regions, has reached a major milestone with completion of payload integration and performance testing, and shipment to the Boeing Satellite Systems facility in El Segundo, Calif. >>>

#702 #Boeing #Viasat

Sierra Space advances its storable liquid propulsion system
08 Jun 2021 - Sierra Space, the new commercial space subsidiary of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), successfully completed testing of its hypergolic, storable, liquid rocket propulsion system for orbit transfer, manoeuvring and guidance control. >>>

#Sierra Nevada #Sierra Space


Kepler Communications raises oversubscribed $60 million Series B
09 Jun 2021 - Space company Kepler Communications has raised an oversubscribed US$60 million Series B to provide it with a capital injection for the continued scaling of its on-orbit satellite communications network. This brings the total funding raised to date by Kepler to over US$90 million. >>>

#Kepler Communications

Relativity Space raises US$650 million
08 Jun 2021 - Relativity Space, the first company to 3D print an entire rocket and build the largest metal 3D printers in the world, announced it closed a US$650 million Series E equity funding round. >>>

#Relativity Space #Terran #TriSept #VCLS


New SoftBank to promote Non-Terrestrial Network (NTN) solutions
13 Jun 2021 - SoftBank Corp. announced it will start promoting the deployment of Non-Terrestrial Network (NTN) solutions that provide connectivity from space and the stratosphere. >>>

#5G #HAPS #HAPSMobile #IoT #LTE #NTN #OneWeb #Skylo #SoftBank #latency

TAS to provide Optical Inter-Satellite Links for Telesat's Lightspeed
11 Jun 2021 - As prime contractor for the construction of Telesat's Lightspeed constellation, Thales Alenia Space announced that the Optical Inter SatelliteLinks (OISL) on-board the Lightspeed satellites will be its Optel-C product. >>>

#Lightspeed #OISL #Telesat #Telesat LEO #Thales Alenia


Momentus finalises and signs National Security Agreement with U.S.
10 Jun 2021 - Momentus Inc., a U.S. commercial space company offering transportation and other in-space infrastructure services, announced that it has finalised and signed a National Security Agreement (NSA) with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of the Treasury as lead agencies on behalf of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). >>>

#CFIUS #FAA #Momentus #SpaceX #Vigoride