Summary: 06 Dec 2018 - 12 Dec 2018


New Arianespace to orbit CSO-1 military observation satellite for CNES, DGA
12 Dec 2018 - S7 Space and Gazprom Space Systems have signed a co-operation agreement for the development and launches of civil satellites. >>>

1st GPS III satellite encapsulated for launch on 18 December
11 Dec 2018 - The U.S. Air Force's first Lockheed Martin -built GPS III satellite is now encapsulated for its planned 18 December (UTC) launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. >>>

Spektr-RG launch now scheduled for April 2019
11 Dec 2018 - The launch of the Russian-German Spektr-RG astrophysics observatory aboard a Proton-M with Blok DM-03 upper stage is planned for the first 10 days of April 2019. >>>

China launches probe to land on far side of the moon
09 Dec 2018 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 3B; Payload: Chang'e 4; Date: 7 December 2018, 1823 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. The lunar rover is expected to make the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon sometime in January. >>>

Saudi imaging satellites launch aboard Chinese rocket
09 Dec 2018 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 2D; Payload: SaudiSat 5A, SaudiSat 5B, 10 microsatellites and nanosatellites; Date: 7 December 2018, 0412 UTC; Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China. Officials declared the launch successful, according to China Great Wall Industry Corp. >>>

Delay of the day: Delta IV Heavy/NROL-71
09 Dec 2018 - For two times in a row, technical troubles have forced ULA to scrub a Delta IV Heavy launch attempt at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The rocket is to carry a classified U.S. National Reconnaissance Office satellite. >>>

Inmarsat first customer for new MHI launch vehicle
06 Dec 2018 - Inmarsat has entered into an agreement with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) to be the first commercial customer to place an order for the new H3 launch vehicle. >>>

United Launch Alliance to launch NROL-71
06 Dec 2018 - A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) will lift-off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on 8 December at 0419 UTC. The mission is designated NROL-71. >>>


New China's Chang'e-4 probe enters lunar orbit
12 Dec 2018 - China's Chang'e-4 probe decelerated and entered the lunar orbit, completing a vital step on its way to make the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced. >>>

New Spire taps Galileo for space-based weather data
12 Dec 2018 - Spire Global, Inc announced Spire's most recently launched satellites are the first satellites in the world to use Galileo GNSS signals to measure radio occultation (GNSS-RO) profiles in a production capacity for the weather community. >>>

GSAT-11 arrives in geostationary orbit
11 Dec 2018 - GSAT-11 has been placed in its designated geostationary orbit after four orbit-raising manoeuvres, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said. >>>

MDA instrument aboard OSIRIS-REx provides 3D scans of asteroid Bennu
11 Dec 2018 - MDA announced that the laser altimeter instrument it built for the Canadian Space Agency's (CSA) contribution to NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has scanned and collected its first data set of asteroid Bennu. >>>

Harris launches its first smallsat
10 Dec 2018 - NASA's Voyager 2 probe now has exited the heliosphere - the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the Sun. >>>

NOAA targets January 2019 to declare GOES-17 operational
09 Dec 2018 - On 20 November 2018, technicians observed an error from NOAA's GOES-17 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) - unrelated to the ongoing issues with the loop heat pipe - that resulted in degraded infrared imagery. >>>

exactEarth AIS payload on the PAZ radar satellite is now live
09 Dec 2018 - exactEarth Ltd. announced that its advanced AIS payload onboard the Spanish radar satellite, PAZ, has completed its commissioning phase and is now fully-operational. >>>

Ball Aerospace delivers pollution monitoring instrument to NASA
09 Dec 2018 - Ball Aerospace has delivered the Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) spectrometer to NASA after a successful final acceptance review. >>>

BepiColombo checks ion thrusters
06 Dec 2018 - BepiColombo, the joint ESA/JAXA spacecraft on a mission to Mercury, is now firing its thrusters for the first time in flight. >>>


Eurobroadband Infrastructure launches KA-SAT partner programme
06 Dec 2018 - Eurobroadband Infrastructure (EBI), a subsidiary of Eutelsat, is launching a Preferred Partner Programme for the distribution of capacity on its KA-SAT satellite. The programme aims at revitalising the distribution of KA-SAT capacity to boost the deployment of Internet access via satellite. >>>






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