Summary: 22 Jul 2021 - 28 Jul 2021

LAUNCHES

New Rocket Lab schedules next launch for 29 July
28 Jul 2021 - Rocket Lab announced it will launch a research and development satellite to low Earth orbit from Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand for the United States Space Force (USSF). The dedicated mission is scheduled for lift-off on 29 July (UTC). >>>

#Electron #Rocket Lab #USSF


Starliner Orbital Flight Test 2 set for 30 July
27 Jul 2021 - A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket is in final preparations to launch Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft on the second Orbital Flight Test (OFT-2) to the International Space Station (ISS). >>>

#Aerojet Rocketdyne #Atlas V #Boeing #CST-100 #Centaur #Energomash #ISS #RD-180 #Starliner #ULA


NASA awards launch services contract for the Europa Clipper mission
25 Jul 2021 - NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) to provide launch services for Earth's first mission to conduct detailed investigations of Jupiter's moon Europa. >>>

#Europa Clipper #Falcon Heavy #Jupiter #SpaceX


RFA engine reaches next milestone
25 Jul 2021 - Launch service provider Rocket Factory Augsburg AG has successfully tested its entire engine with staged combustion over eight seconds. The test, which was conducted in Kiruna, Sweden, represents another important milestone in the development process: The eight-second burn time with a stable combustion is regarded in the industry as proof that an engine is fully functional, reaching a thermal steady-state across all engine components. >>>

#OHB #RFA #Rocket Factory Augsburg


VASIMR completes record 88-hour high power endurance test
25 Jul 2021 - Ad Astra Rocket Company's VASIMR VX-200SS Plasma Rocket has completed 88 hours of continuous operation at 80 kW at the company's Texas laboratory near Houston. In doing so, the company establishes a new high-power world endurance record in electric propulsion. >>>

#Ad Astra #VASIMR


China successfully tests technology that controls rocket fairing landings
22 Jul 2021 - China has successfully tested technology that can control the landing sites of falling rocket fairings, according to the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT). >>>

#CALT #Chang Zheng 2C #Chang Zheng-2C


SATELLITES

New Star One D2/Eutelsat QUANTUM pre-launch details
28 Jul 2021 - Arianespace's sixth launch of 2021 with the first Ariane 5 of the year will place two satellite passengers into geostationary transfer orbit. The launcher will be carrying a total payload of approximately 10,515 kg. Lift-off is scheduled for 30 July between 2100 and 2230 UTC. >>>

#Airbus #Ariane 5 #Arianespace #Embratel #Eutelsat #Maxar #QUANTUM #SSTL #Star One


New Anuvu announces high performance MicroGEO satellite constellation
28 Jul 2021 - Anuvu, a provider of high-speed connectivity and entertainment solutions for mobility markets, said it will launch the first Anuvu Constellation in partnership with next-generation satellite manufacturer Astranis. >>>

#Anuvu #Astranis #MicroGEO


No problems expected for Nauka docking
27 Jul 2021 - Russia's Mission Control has found no mechanical faults for the docking of the latest Nauka (Science) multi-purpose laboratory module with the International Space Station (ISS) and this effort requires no unscheduled extra-vehicular activity, the State Space Corporation Roskosmos announced. >>>

#ISS #Nauka #Pirs #Zvezda


D-Orbit completes deployment phase of WILD RIDE space mission
27 Jul 2021 - D-Orbit announced that it has successfully completed the deployment phase of its WILD RIDE mission. As part of this phase, D-Orbit's ION Satellite Carrier (ION), the company's proprietary space transportation vehicle, successfully deployed all six satellites hosted onboard and will now proceed with the in-orbit demonstration of 12 hosted payloads. >>>

#D-Orbit #Elecnor Deimos #EnduroSat #Falcon 9 #ION #ISILAUNCH #ISISPACE #Marshall Intech Technology #Orbital Space #Reaktor Space Lab #SpaceX #Stellar Project


Pirs, Progress MS-16 de-orbited
26 Jul 2021 - The Progress MS-16 resupply ship with the Pirs module of the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS) today undocked from the orbital outpost's Zvezda service module. >>>

#ISS #MLM #Nauka #Pirs #Progress #Soyuz U #Zvezda


EUMETSAT to operate Sentinel missions under Copernicus 2.0 agreement
25 Jul 2021 - Europe's meteorological satellite agency, EUMETSAT, will become the largest operator of the Copernicus programme's Sentinel satellite missions under an agreement signed with the European Commission. >>>

#CIMR #CO2M #CRISTAL #Copernicus #EUMETSAT #Sentinel


Pirs module to be undocked from ISS on July 26
25 Jul 2021 - The Pirs module will be undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) on 26 July, chief of Russia's state space corporation Roskosmos Dmitry Rogozin said. >>>

#ERA #ISS #Nauka #Pirs #Zvezda


FEEDS & LINKS

Kymeta demonstrates LEO and GEO SATCOM interoperability
22 Jul 2021 - Kymeta announced seamless interoperability between the Kymeta u8 terminal, Kepler Communications low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites, and geostationary (GEO) SATCOM terminals at an annual military battle lab exercise focused on the integration of operations, intelligence, and technology. >>>

#Kepler Communications #Kymeta #latency