Summary: 13.Sep.2020 - 17.Sep.2020

LAUNCHES

New Intelsat finalises contracts for C-band transition
17.Sep.2020 - Intelsat has finalised all of its required contracts with satellite manufacturers and launch-vehicle providers to move forward and meet the accelerated C-band spectrum clearing timelines established by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) earlier this year. >>>

New Kleos hopes for November launch of PSLV-C49
17.Sep.2020 - Kleos Space S.A provided an update on the Kleos Scouting Mission launching on the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) PSLV-C49 Mission from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota Range in India (SHAR). >>>

New ExoLaunch to launch NetSat nanosatellite formation
17.Sep.2020 - The Würzburg Center for Telematics, an independent research centre in Germany, and Exolaunch announced a launch agreement for a NetSat nanosatellite formation. >>>

ULA to stop using RD-180 rocket engine in mid-2020s
16.Sep.2020 - United Launch Alliance (ULA) plans to end operation of the Atlas V launch vehicle with the Russian RD-180 engine in the mid-2020s, Julie Arnold, an ULA spokeswoman, was quoted as saying. >>>

China sea-launches nine imaging smallsats
15.Sep.2020 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 11H (Y2); Payload: nine Jilin-1 Gaofen 03-1 smallsats; Date: 15 September 2020, 0123 UTC; Launch site: De Bo 3 launch platform, Yellow Sea, China. >>>

China's launch of new satellite fails
13.Sep.2020 - China's optical remote-sensing satellite Jilin-1 Gaofen 02C was lost in a launch failure. >>>

JAXA delays H3 due to technical issues
13.Sep.2020 - The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has been pressing forward with the development of the H3 Launch Vehicle. In the process, a technical problem was identified regarding the LE-9 first-stage engine, which is a new engine now under development. >>>

Modernisation of Sea Launch facility to begin in two months
13.Sep.2020 - Reconstruction and modernisation of the Sea Launch space complex, currently based in Russia's Far East, is expected to begin in November 2020, Roskosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin said in a video posted on YouTube. >>>

SATELLITES

New Maxar awarded contract to build 6th C-band satellite for Intelsat
17.Sep.2020 - Maxar Technologies announced it will build the Galaxy 37 geostationary communications satellite for Intelsat, operator of the world's largest integrated satellite and terrestrial network. Galaxy 37 is the sixth Intelsat geostationary communications satellite awarded to Maxar in 2020. >>>

New Northrop Grumman to develop AEHF successor
17.Sep.2020 - Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Space Force for the rapid prototyping phase of the Evolved Strategic SATCOM (ESS) programme to develop a modernised strategic communications space segment with enhanced resilience and cybersecurity capabilities. >>>

New ESA selectes Exotrail's electric propulsion solutions
17.Sep.2020 - ESA has signed two contracts with Exotrail under which the company will build and deliver engineering, qualification, and flight models of its ExoMG - nano and ExoMG - micro electric propulsion systems. >>>

New NanoAvionics signs partnership agreement with Ananth
17.Sep.2020 - NanoAvionics, a multinational nanosatellite mission integrator, has signed a partnership agreement with Ananth Technologies Ltd (ATL) which marks NanoAvionics' entry into India's growing NewSpace industry. >>>

AEHF-6 completes in-orbit testing
16.Sep.2020 - The sixth Lockheed Martin-built Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-6) protected communications satellite successfully completed in-orbit tests on 27 August 2020. >>>

Kratos announces space domain awareness services
16.Sep.2020 - Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. announced it will begin offering data services to characterise spacecraft in Geosynchronous Orbit (GEO). This has great value for Space Domain Awareness (SDA) and will be offered to government and commercial organisations internationally, the company said. >>>

Hayabusa2 gets new mission
16.Sep.2020 - The unmanned Hayabusa2 probe will explore the asteroid 1998KY26 after completing its current mission of delivering a capsule believed to be containing samples of sand from the asteroid Ryugu to Earth, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said. >>>

Russia developing nuclear powered space tug
16.Sep.2020 - By the end of 2020, Russia's state space corporation Roskosmos will sign a contract to design the Nuklon space complex, which includes a space tug fitted with a nuclear reactor, said Alexander Bloshenko, the director of advanced programmes and science at Roskosmos. >>>

Industry starts work on Europe's Hera planetary defence mission
15.Sep.2020 - ESA has awarded a €129.4 million contract covering the detailed design, manufacturing and testing of Hera, the Agency's first mission for planetary defence. This ambitious mission will be Europe's contribution to an international asteroid deflection effort, set to perform sustained exploration of a double asteroid system. The contract has been awarded to a consortium led by prime contractor OHB System AG in Bremen. >>>

MSSS to provide science cameras for Janus asteroid mission
14.Sep.2020 - Malin Space Science Systems (MSSS) has been selected to provide the science payloads for the two Janus spacecraft. Last week, Janus was approved by NASA to proceed with final design of the mission hardware, including the MSSS cameras (called "JCam"). >>>

Systems and teams get ready for launch of Sentinel-6
13.Sep.2020 - EUMETSAT and the other European and U.S. partners of the Jason-CS/Sentinel-6 programme have confirmed readiness of all systems and teams for the launch and operations of the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite. >>>

BUSINESS

GHGSat raises US$30 million, accelerates satellite construction
13.Sep.2020 - GHGSat announced it has successfully completed the first tranche of Series B funding, raising US$30 million and more than doubling the total amount raised since GHGSat was founded to over US$55 million. >>>

FEEDS & LINKS

NovelSat, Spacecom exhibit world's highest spectral efficiency
15.Sep.2020 - NovelSat and Spacecom, operator of the Amos satellite fleet, announced the successful demonstration of high capacity satellite transmission with spectral efficiency of 10.5 bit/Hz over Amos-17 high performance HTS utilising NovelSat Duet CEC (carrier-echo-cancellation) band reuse technology. >>>

NAVIGATION

ASECNA starts broadcasting SBAS signal on NIGCOMSAT-1R
13.Sep.2020 - The Agency for Air Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar, ASECNA, has started broadcasting an SBAS (Satellite-Based Augmentation System) signal over the Africa and Indian Ocean (AFI) region, providing the first SBAS open service in this part of the world via NIGCOMSAT-1R. >>>

ANNIVERSARIES

OHB's Hispasat 36W-1 operating for three years
14.Sep.2020 - The telecommunications satellite developed under ESA's SmallGEO Partnership Project has passed three years of service in orbit. >>>