Summary: 09 Jun 2019 - 13 Jun 2019

LAUNCHES

New RUAG tilting dispenser deploys RCM spacecraft
13 Jun 2019 - RUAG Space said it has developed a satellite Dispenser that enabled three large Radarsat Earth observation satellites to simultaneously launch on a single launcher. >>>

Radarsat Constellation Mission finally launched
12 Jun 2019 - Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: Radarsat Constellation Mission [RCM]; Date: 12 June 2019, 1417 UTC; Launch site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, USA. The three Radarsat satellites deployed approximately 54 minutes after launch. >>>

Roskosmos orders Angara light rocket for Gonets launch
11 Jun 2019 - Russia's State Space Corporation Roskosmos has placed an order to the tune of RUB2 billion (US$31 million) for the manufacture of a light Angara-1.2 carrier rocket for the launch of Gonets-M satellites, according to the information posted on the government's procurement website. >>>

Poland to improve thrust control in 'green' rocket engines
11 Jun 2019 - A consortium of companies in Poland will investigate new fuel injector designs to improve variable thrust in rocket engines using storable 'green' propellants. >>>

Spektr-RG to launch on 21 June after years of delay
10 Jun 2019 - Specialists of the Roskosmos enterprises completed the general assembly of a Proton-M integrated launch vehicle at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. >>>

Ariane 6 development on track
10 Jun 2019 - Europe's Ariane 6 launch vehicle is set to debut with a commercial mission in 2020 - industry is carrying out the final tests and starting production. The Ariane 6 launch zone at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana is near completion. >>>

AEHF-5 encapsulated ahead of June launch
09 Jun 2019 - The U.S. Air Force's fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-5) communication satellite was encapsulated on 5 June at Astrotech Space Operations processing facility in Florida. >>>

SATELLITES

New Japan mulls early warning satellites
13 Jun 2019 - Japan is considering the deployment of early warning satellites designed to detect ballistic missile launches, according to a Japanese press report. >>>

Twin satellites to study signal disruption from space
12 Jun 2019 - NASA's twin E-TBEx CubeSats - short for Enhanced Tandem Beacon Experiment - are scheduled to launch in June 2019 aboard the Department of Defense's Space Test Program-2 launch. The launch includes a total of 24 satellites from government and research institutions. They will launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. >>>

Harris delivers seventh of 10 GPS III satellite navigation payloads
11 Jun 2019 - Harris Corporation has provided Lockheed Martin with its seventh of 10 advanced navigation payloads contracted for the U.S. Air Force's GPS III satellite programme. >>>

NASA spacecraft to use 'green' fuel for the first time
11 Jun 2019 - NASA will test non-toxic fuel and compatible propulsion system in space for the first time with the Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM), set to launch later this month on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. >>>

NanoAvionics gets €10 million for global IoT constellation development
11 Jun 2019 - NanoAvionics, an international nano-satellite missions integrator, and the consortium partners KSAT (Kongsberg Satellite Services) and Antwerp Space have been awarded €10 million funding by the European Commission's Horizon 2020, ESA's ARTES and private investors. >>>

China to complete BeiDou-3 satellite system by 2020
10 Jun 2019 - China's BeiDou-3 navigation satellite system is expected to be completed in 2020, with a total of 35 satellites, researchers at a conference on the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) said. >>>

KiboCUBE: Team from Moldova selected for 4th round
10 Jun 2019 - The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) have been co-operating under the KiboCUBE programme launched in 2015 to provide opportunities to deploy CubeSats from the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" of the International Space Station (ISS). >>>

Yamal-601 raises orbit after initial glitch
09 Jun 2019 - Thales Alenia Space and Gazprom Space Systems announced that the Yamal-601 satellite started its transition to the geostationary orbit after an initial problem. >>>

LAW & ORDER

U.S. ban on Russian launch services may concern European companies
09 Jun 2019 - The Pentagon's decision to prohibit the use of Russia's commercial space launch services may affect European companies that use U.S.-made parts and components in their satellites, the chief of Russia's space corporation Roskosmos, Dmitry Rogozin was quoted as saying. >>>

BUSINESS

Relativity to build new autonomous rocket factory
12 Jun 2019 - Relativity announced that it has secured an agreement with NASA and an incentive package from the Mississippi Development Authority to expand facilities and infrastructure at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Mississippi. >>>

FEEDS & LINKS

New exactEarth, MarineTraffic announce channel partner agreement
13 Jun 2019 - exactEarth Ltd. and MarineTraffic, a provider of ship tracking and maritime intelligence, announce that they have entered into a three-year channel partner agreement. >>>

Viasat to launch real-time Earth ground station in Australia
11 Jun 2019 - Building on its existing presence in Australia, Viasat Inc. announced its plans to launch a Real-Time Earth (RTE) facility in Alice Springs, Australia. >>>

NAVIGATION

New Globalstar, Echo Ridge offer to demo GPS backup technology
13 Jun 2019 - Globalstar, Inc. and Echo Ridge, LLC have informed the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) that the companies have developed and are prepared to participate in and support a live field demonstration of a stand-alone positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) capability that can provide accurate and reliable PNT services to backup and/or complement GPS in case of GPS unavailability or unreliability. >>>

LockMart updates GPS ground control system
12 Jun 2019 - Lockheed Martin has delivered the GPS III Contingency Operations (COps) software upgrade to the U.S. Air Force's current GPS ground control system. The upgrade will enable the Air Force to start commanding the new, next-generation GPS III satellites now coming off the production line and beginning to launch. >>>