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Summary: 15 Jan 2017 - 19 Jan 2017


 FAILURES Up 

Galileo navsats plagued by clock failures
18 Jan 2017 - Europe's Galileo navigation satellite system is suffering from clocks failing onboard a number of satellites at an alarming rate. None of the 18 spacecraft launched so far had to be declared a total loss, but the project may experience further delays as the cause of the failures is being investigated, ESA director general Jan Woerner was quoted as saying. >>>

Japanese mini-rocket launch fails
15 Jan 2017 - Japan's attempt to launch the SS-520, one of the smallest-ever rockets, has ended in failure shortly after lift-off at around 2330 UTC on 14 January from Uchinoura Space Center. >>>


 LAUNCHES Up 

New First Soyuz launch to GTO from French Guiana
19 Jan 2017 - For its year-opening launch of 2017, Arianespace will orbit the Hispasat 36W-1 geostationary satellite for the Spanish operator Hispasat using a Soyuz launch vehicle. >>>

New Delay of the day: GSLV Mk-III/GSAT-19
19 Jan 2017 - ISRO has postponed the launch of its GSLV Mk-III to allow time for additional testing of the vehicle. The rocket will either be launched in March or April after completing the tests. >>>

Preparations begin for next Vega launch
18 Jan 2017 - Activity for Arianespace's initial mission in 2017 with the lightweight Vega is fully underway in French Guiana, where the launch vehicle's build-up is starting and its Sentinel-2B payload has begun the pre-flight checkout process in preparation for an early March lift-off. >>>

Delay of the day: Atlas V NROL-79
16 Jan 2017 - The 27 January (UTC) launch date for a United Launch Alliance Atlas V carrying NROL-79 for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office is under review. >>>

Airbus Defence and Space ships SES-10 to launch site
16 Jan 2017 - SES-10, the 10th Eurostar satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space for SES, has left the Airbus cleanrooms in Toulouse, France, and has been shipped to Cape Canaveral for its forthcoming launch by SpaceX. >>>

Falcon 9 returns to flight with first Iridium NEXT mission
15 Jan 2017 - Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: 10 Iridium NEXT satellites; Date: 14 January 2017, 1754 UTC; Launch site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, USA. The satellites were delivered into low-Earth orbit approximately one hour after the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New China's quantum communication satellite delivered for use
19 Jan 2017 - China's quantum communication satellite, launched last August, is officially operational after four months of in-orbit testing, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said Wednesday. >>>

New China to launch electromagnetic monitoring satellite
19 Jan 2017 - China will launch a satellite in the second half of 2017 to gather electromagnetic data that may be used in monitoring and forecasting earthquakes. >>>

Raytheon completes another GPS OCX test
18 Jan 2017 - Raytheon said it reached another milestone in developing the U.S. Air Force Global Positioning System Next-Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX, with the completion of the Factory Qualification Test of the Launch and Checkout System (LCS). >>>

UrtheCast to sell, operate two satellites in OptiSAR constellation
17 Jan 2017 - UrtheCast Corp. has entered into a binding agreement with a confidential government customer for the sale and shared operation of the first two satellites in the OptiSAR Constellation, the world's first commercial EO constellation with integrated optical and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) sensors, for US$180 million. >>>

Iridium NEXT hosted payloads
17 Jan 2017 - The recently launched Iridium NEXT satellites carry hosted payloads that will track planes and ships. Here are a few details. >>>

Eutelsat 117 West B in commercial service
16 Jan 2017 - Eutelsat Communications announced that its Eutelsat 117 West B satellite has entered into full commercial service and is now ready to support customers across Latin America. >>>


 PLATFORMS Up 

Masdar, Thales to develop Stratobus applications
17 Jan 2017 - Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university in the United Arab Emirates, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Thales/Thales Alenia Space and French engineering university MINES ParisTech to develop applications for the Stratobus drone-satellite hybrid airship. >>>


 LAW & ORDER Up 

ABS issued operator licenses for Papua New Guinea
17 Jan 2017 - ABS announced it has been granted the Network, Applications and Gateway Operator licenses to serve Papua New Guinea (PNG) from the National Information and Communications Technology Authority (NICTA). The licenses awarded will allow ABS to operate as a telecom operator as well as a satellite service provider. >>>

 

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