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Summary: 17 Jun 2018 - 21 Jun 2018


 LAUNCHES Up 

Junk-sweeping test satellite launched from ISS
20 Jun 2018 - The space debris removal technology mission RemoveDEBRIS, led by the Surrey Space Centre (SSC) at the University of Surrey, has been launched into orbit from the International Space Station (ISS). RemoveDEBRIS will demonstrate a range of technologies to clean up space debris, with the first Airbus designed and built experiment due for deployment in October 2018. >>>

S7 wants Soviet-designed moon rocket engines
19 Jun 2018 - Russia's S7 Space, part of the S7 Group, plans to build a plant in Samara to produce Soviet-designed NK-33 and NK-43 rocket engines for super heavy-lift launch vehicles and intends to purchase production capacities from the state-owned United Engine Corporation (UEC) for this purpose, S7 Space General Director Sergey Sopov said in an interview. >>>

ArianeGroup tests technology for next-gen upper stage engine
18 Jun 2018 - A full-scale demonstrator of the thrust chamber for an upper-stage rocket engine incorporating the newest propulsion technologies has successfully passed first hot firing tests at the DLR German Aerospace Center P3.2 test facility in Lampoldshausen. >>>

Russia launches navigation satellite
17 Jun 2018 - Rocket: Soyuz 2-1.b; Payload: GLONASS-M [Uragan-M No.756]; Date: 16 June 2018, 2146 UTC; Launch site: Plesetsk, Russia. The Russian Defense Ministry said that the navigation satellite reached its designated orbit. >>>

GSAT-11 cleared for launch
17 Jun 2018 - ISRO has cleared GSAT-11 for launch. The satellite was recalled from Kourou in French Guinea for thorough checks. The 5,700-kg GSAT-11 satellite was slated for launch on 26 May aboard an Ariane 5. >>>

Revised launch date targeted for Parker Solar Probe
17 Jun 2018 - NASA and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory are now targeting launch of the agency's Parker Solar Probe spacecraft no earlier than 4 August 2018. >>>

Iridium-7 target launch date announced
17 Jun 2018 - Iridium Communications Inc. announced that the seventh Iridium NEXT mission has been targeted by SpaceX for launch on 20 July 2018, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New RSC Energia working on a new electrical rocket engine
21 Jun 2018 - RSC Energia specialists have patented a system of iodine storage and feeding for an advanced electrical rocket engine (ERE). >>>

New JWST's two halves powered for the 1st time in one building
21 Jun 2018 - Northrop Grumman Corporation has successfully powered up the two main parts of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, a significant event in the test and integration phase of the programme. >>>

EDRS-C undergoing final tests
20 Jun 2018 - ESA's laser satellite EDRS-C will be undergoing last tests before launch. This final set will make sure the satellite and its optical payload can withstand the challenging conditions of lift off and subsequent life in space once launched next year. >>>

TAS, OHB partner in Land Surface Temperature Monitoring mission
19 Jun 2018 - Thales Alenia Space in Spain partners with OHB System AG in the Land Surface Temperature Monitoring (LSTM) mission, in the frame of the expansion of the Copernicus Program led by the European Space Agency (ESA) on behalf of the European Commission. >>>

NASA awards Short Wave Infra-Red Sensor Chip Assembly for WFIRST
18 Jun 2018 - NASA has awarded a contract to Teledyne Scientific & Imaging, LLC, Camarillo, California, for the Short Wave Infra-Red Sensor Chip Assembly (SCA) for the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) Project. >>>


 LAW & ORDER Up 

ESA Council endorses start of transition from Ariane 5 to Ariane 6
17 Jun 2018 - The ESA Council met in Paris to discuss the path towards the future exploitation of Ariane 6. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

MEOSAR ground systems for Togo, Canada
18 Jun 2018 - Togo and Thales Alenia Space announced that they have signed a contract for a ground station to be installed in Lomé, Togo, to be used for the search and rescue (SAR) of persons in distress, mainly using the Galileo satellite positioning system. In related news, Canada has awarded Thales Canada Phase II of the MEOSAR (Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue) Ground Segment contract. >>>


 ANNIVERSARIES Up 

New Jason-2 turns 10
21 Jun 2018 - Designed for a three-to-five-year mission, the joint U.S./European Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM) on the Jason-2 satellite has marked its 10th year in orbit . >>>

 

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