Summary: 29 Jul 2021 - 04 Aug 2021

FAILURES

New Hyperbola-1 fails for second time
04 Aug 2021 - The third launch of private Chinese company i-Space's Hyperbola-1 rocket has apparently failed. The vehicle took off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at approximately 0739 UTC on 3 August. >>>

#Chang Guang Satellite Technology #Hyperbola-1 #i-Space


LAUNCHES

New Starliner launch to ISS now postponed indefinitely
04 Aug 2021 - The launch of Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS), previously scheduled for 4 August, has been postponed indefinitely, the company's press service said. >>>

#Atlas V #Boeing #CST-100 #ISS #Nauka #Starliner


Next Soyuz/OneWeb launch moved to 20 August
03 Aug 2021 - Russia will launch the next batch of OneWeb satellites from the Baikonur cosmodrome on 20 August, Dmitry Rogozin, director general of state space corporation Roskosmos, was quoted as saying. >>>

#Arianespace #OneWeb #Soyuz-2.1b


India to launch EOS-3 (GISAT-1) satellite in Q3 2021
03 Aug 2021 - The Indian government has announced that the country's first state-of-the-art agile Earth observation satellite from geostationary orbit is scheduled for launch in the third quarter of 2021. The 2.26-tonne spacecraft will provide near real-time imaging of a large region of interest at frequent intervals. >>>

#GSLV


Delay of the day: Atlas V/Starliner
03 Aug 2021 - Boeing postponed the launch of its Starliner spacecraft due to problems detected with valves in the capsule's propulsion system and reset a potential launch for 4 August. >>>

#Atlas V #CST-100 #Starliner #ULA


Lucy spacecraft arrives at launch site
03 Aug 2021 - The first spacecraft to explore Jupiter's Trojan asteroids arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on 30 July. The Southwest Research Institute-led mission is beginning final preparations for launch. >>>

#Atlas V #Jupiter #Lockheed Martin #Lucy #SwRI


First Ariane 5 launch of 2021 successful
30 Jul 2021 - Rocket: Ariane 5 ESC-D; Payload: Eutelsat QUANTUM, Star One D2; Date: 29 July 2021, 2100 UTC; Launch site: Kourou, French Guiana. The satellites were deployed into geostationary transfer orbit. >>>

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


China launches final Tianhui I satellite
29 Jul 2021 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 2D; Payload: Tianhui I-04 (Tianhui 1D); Date: 29 July 2021, 0401 UTC; Launch site; Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China. The satellite successfully entered the planned orbit. >>>

#CASC #Chang Zheng 2D #Earth observation #Tianhui


Rocket Lab successfully launches U.S. Space Force mission
29 Jul 2021 - Rocket: Electron; Payload: Monolith; Date: 29 July 2021, 0600 UTC; Launch site: Māhia Peninsula, New Zealand. The successful mission was Rocket Lab's fourth launch for the year and its 21st Electron mission overall. >>>

#Electron #Rocket Lab


SATELLITES

ESA gets ready for double Venus flyby
03 Aug 2021 - Solar Orbiter and BepiColombo are set to perform two Venus flybys just 33 hours apart on 9 and 10 August. The two spacecraft need the gravitational swingby to help them lose a little orbital energy in order to reach their destinations towards the centre of the Solar System. >>>

#Akatsuki #BepiColombo #Mercury #Solar Orbiter #Venus


Software glitch blamed for Nauka problem
01 Aug 2021 - A Russian space official blamed a software problem on the newly docked Nauka module for briefly knocking the International Space Station out of position. >>>

#ISS #Nauka


Nauka docks with ISS, causes attitude problem
29 Jul 2021 - Russia's Nauka ("Science") multi-purpose laboratory module docked to the nadir port of the Zvezda service module of the International Space Station (ISS). Just hours later, Nauka's thrusters began firing unexpectedly, causing the outpost to lose attitude control. The situation has meanwhile been brought under control. >>>

#CST-100 #ISS #Nauka #Starliner #Zvezda


Airbus completes integration of third Copernicus Sentinel-2
29 Jul 2021 - Airbus has finished the integration of the Copernicus Sentinel-2C satellite. It is the third of its kind and will now be shipped to Munich to undergo extensive environmental tests to prove its readiness for space. The test campaign will last until March 2022. >>>

#Airbus #Copernicus #EDRS #Sentinel #SpaceDataHighway


Ball Aerospace completes PDR of NOAA's Space Weather satellite
29 Jul 2021 - Ball Aerospace successfully completed the preliminary design review (PDR) for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) Space Weather Follow On-Lagrange 1 (SWFO-L1) spacecraft. With PDR complete, the spacecraft now moves into the critical design phase. >>>

#Ball Aerospace #NOAA


BUSINESS

Porsche SE invests in rocket technology start-up Isar Aerospace
29 Jul 2021 - Porsche Automobil Holding SE, Stuttgart, acquires a low single-digit percentage stake in Isar Aerospace Technologies GmbH, Ottobrunn. The company develops and manufactures launch vehicles for the transport of satellites. The investment was part of a new financing round of Isar Aerospace. >>>

#Isar Aerospace


FEEDS & LINKS

SES enters multi-transponder agreement with NewSpace India Limited
01 Aug 2021 - SES announced that it had entered into a multi-transponder agreement for its SES-8 satellite with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), a Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE) under Department of Space (DoS) based in Bengaluru, India. >>>

#NewSpace India #SES


Inmarsat unveils GEO/LEO communications network 'ORCHESTRA'
29 Jul 2021 - Inmarsat has unveiled plans for ORCHESTRA, a communications network that is to bring together existing geosynchronous (GEO) satellites with low Earth orbit satellites (LEO) and terrestrial 5G into an integrated, high-performance solution. >>>

#5G #GX #Inmarsat #ORCHESTRA