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Summary: 14 Aug 2017 - 18 Aug 2017


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New Last TDRS spacecraft launched
18 Aug 2017 - Rocket: Atlas V 401/Centaur; Payload: TDRS-M; Date: 18 August 2017, 1229 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. This mission was launched into geostationary transfer orbit aboard an Atlas V 401 configuration vehicle, which includes a 4-meter extended payload fairing. >>>

Russia launches dual-use satellite
17 Aug 2017 - Rocket: Proton M/Briz M; Payload: Blagovest No. 11L; Date: 16 August 2017, 2207 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Roskosmos confirmed the Briz M upper stage released the Blagovest satellite into an on-target orbit. >>>

New launch date for third Japanese navsat
16 Aug 2017 - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and JAXA have set a new date for the launch of the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 35 (H-IIA F35) which encapsulates MICHIBIKI No. 3, Quasi-Zenith Satellite System; Geostationary Orbit Satellite, which was previously scheduled for 12 August. >>>

S7 plans to use Zenit for Sea Launch until 2023
15 Aug 2017 - Russia's S7 Space Transportation Systems company plans to start launching Zenit-3SL rockets from the Sea Launch floating platform and continue until 2023, the company said on its website. >>>

Amazonas 5 launch may be delayed - report
15 Aug 2017 - The launch of a Proton-M launch vehicle carrying the Amazonas-5 communication satellite from the Baikonur Cosmodrome may be postponed due to the launch vehicle's late shipment by the manufacturer, Interfax news agency reported. >>>

12th Dragon cargo vessel launched to ISS
14 Aug 2017 - Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: Dragon, Date: 24 August 2017, 1631 UTC; Launch site: Kennedy Space Center, USA. It is SpaceX's 12th Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-12) to the International Space Station. >>>

OA-8 mission pushed back
14 Aug 2017 - Orbital ATK, at NASA's direction, is now targeting 10 November for launch of the OA-8 mission to the International Space Station, solely based on NASA's revised ISS traffic planning and cargo needs. >>>

Delay of the day: H-IIA, MICHIBIKI No. 3 (again)
14 Aug 2017 - The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has again postponed the launch of the third of its four quasi-zenith satellites, this time owing to a problem in the propulsion system of the H-IIA rocket that was set to carry it into orbit. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New Russia's Space Forces assume control over new satellite
18 Aug 2017 - Russian Aerospace Forces assumed control over newest military satellite, Blagovest No. 11L, launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome earlier, the Russian Defence Ministry said. >>>

New ORS-5 satellite prepped for launch
18 Aug 2017 - With a Flight Readiness Review successfully concluded on 17 August, the U.S. Air Force's Operational Responsive Space (ORS)-5 satellite is now ready for launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Lift-off of the five-stage Orbital ATK Minotaur IV launch vehicle is scheduled for 26 August during a four-hour launch window that opens at 0315 UTC. >>>

NanoRacks brings over 30 payloads to ISS
17 Aug 2017 - SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft successfully berthed to the International Space Station (ISS) on 16 August. Notably on this mission was the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) and Adcole-Maryland Aerospace's Kestrel Eye IIM (KE2M) satellite. >>>

SpaceX Dragon arrives at International Space Station
16 Aug 2017 - The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft which was launched on 14 August aboard a Falcon 9 rocket has arrived at the International Space Station. >>>

Completion of Angosat thermovac tests
14 Aug 2017 - Thermal vacuum tests of the Angosat satellite have been completed. The tests were conducted under the control of the representatives of the Republic of Angola at Federal Public Enterprise STC RSI, the head Test Center of State Corporation Roskosmos. >>>

UrtheCast to build OptiSAR 'accelerator' for unnamed customer
14 Aug 2017 - UrtheCast Corp. has entered into a contract with a confidential customer for the development and delivery of a dual-frequency stand-alone Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) operational-class satellite as an "accelerator" for the OptiSAR Constellation. >>>


 LAW & ORDER Up 

New Hughes to compensate Elbit Systems for patent infringement
18 Aug 2017 - Elbit Systems Ltd. confirmed that on 7 August 2017, a jury in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas found Hughes Network Systems, LLC, to have infringed one of its patent, which generally relates to high-speed satellite communications, U.S. Patent No. 6,240,073. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

DigitalGlobe announces 4-year direct access contract with Australia
15 Aug 2017 - DigitalGlobe, Inc. announced that it signed a Direct Access Program (DAP) contract with the Australian Department of Defence. This multi-year agreement will allow the Australian government to access DigitalGlobe's industry-leading commercial satellite imaging constellation to support defence and intelligence missions. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

NASA signs data services agreement for Polar Satellite Program
15 Aug 2017 - NASA has procured combined data support services under an agreement with the Norwegian Space Centre in Oslo, Norway, for the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) programme and various co-operative international missions. This action is supported under an international agreement between the United States and Norway. >>>


 NAVIGATION Up 

New Two Galileo ground control centres linked
18 Aug 2017 - Early in July the Inter-site links between the two Galileo Ground Control Centres in Oberpfaffenhofen (Germany) and Fucino (Italy) were declared fully functional and approved for use by the Galileo Security Accreditation Board. >>>

 

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