Summary: 11.Feb.2020 - 17.Feb.2020

LAUNCHES

New StarLink launch successful but first stage makes splash landing
17.Feb.2020 - Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: 60 Starlink satellites; Date: 17 February 2020, 1505 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. While the satellites were successfully deployed, the rocket's first stage failed to land on a platform as planned. >>>

Antares with Cygnus aboard lifts off after delays
16.Feb.2020 - Rocket: Antares 230+; Payload: NG-13/Cygnus; Date: 15 February 2020, 1821 UTC; Launch site: Wallops Flight Facility, USA. The Cygnus spacecraft is scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station at about 0905 UTC on 18 February. >>>

Rocket Lab to loft NASA's moon cubesat
16.Feb.2020 - NASA has selected Rocket Lab of Huntington Beach, California, to provide launch services for the Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment (CAPSTONE) CubeSat. >>>

Next Ariane 5 cleared to launch
16.Feb.2020 - Arianespace's dual-payload mission with satellites to serve Japan and South Korea - JCSAT-17 and GEO-KOMPSAT-2B, respectively - has been approved for next week's launch from the Spaceport in French Guiana. >>>

Meridian launch rescheduled
16.Feb.2020 - Russia's State Commission has set a preliminary date of 20 February for the launch from Plesetsk of the Soyuz-2.1a rocket with a Meridian military satellite atop, which was previously cancelled, a source in the rocket and space industry was quoted as saying. >>>

Meteor-M No.2-3 launch delayed until 2021 over additional tests
12.Feb.2020 - The Russian weather satellite Meteor-M No.2-3, previously scheduled for launch in 2020, will be launched next year, the Roskosmos press service was quoted as saying. >>>

Baikonur plans 18 space launches for 2020
12.Feb.2020 - There are plans to carry out 18 space launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in 2020, Roskosmos General Director Dmitry Rogozin said. >>>

SATELLITES

EGNOS payload enters service on Eutelsat 5 West B
16.Feb.2020 - Eutelsat Communications announced that the GEO-3 payload of the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System (EGNOS), a hosted payload aboard its Eutelsat 5 West B satellite, has successfully entered into service. >>>

Four BeiDou satellites start operation in network
16.Feb.2020 - Four satellites of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) have recently passed tests in orbit and started operation in the network, according to China's Satellite Navigation System Management Office. >>>

NASA selects possible missions to study Solar System
13.Feb.2020 - NASA has selected four Discovery Program investigations to develop concept studies for new missions. Although they're not official missions yet and some ultimately may not be chosen to move forward, the selections focus on compelling targets and science that are not covered by NASA's active missions or recent selections. Final selections will be made next year. >>>

AEHF-5 control authority transferred to Space Operations Command
13.Feb.2020 - On 3 February, the U.S. Space Force Space and Missile Systems Center's (SMC) fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-5) communications satellite was successfully transferred to Space Operations Command (SpOC). >>>

Kleos Scouting Mission satellites dispatched to India for Launch
12.Feb.2020 - Kleos Space S.A, a space-powered Radio Frequency Reconnaissance data-as-a-service (DaaS) company, confirms it has dispatched its four Scouting Mission nanosatellites to Chennai, India, in preparation for launch aboard PSLV C49 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. >>>

JCSAT-17/GEO-KOMPSAT-2B pre-launch details
11.Feb.2020 - For its third flight of 2020, Arianespace will orbit two satellites using an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Center: JCSAT-17 for the Japanese operator Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation; and GEO-KOMPSAT-2B for Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI). >>>

Third GPS III satellite delivered to launch site
11.Feb.2020 - The third next-generation GPS III satellite - and the first delivered by Lockheed Martin to the new U.S. Space Force -- has arrived in Florida for an expected April launch. >>>

BUSINESS

Eutelsat Communications results H1 FY 2019-20
16.Feb.2020 - The Board of Directors of Eutelsat Communications reviewed the financial results for the half-year ending 31 December 2019. >>>

Microsatellite startup Astranis raises US$90 million
13.Feb.2020 - Astranis announced a US$90 million financing round to launch its first commercial satellite. The round was led by Venrock, with significant participation from existing investor Andreessen Horowitz. >>>

Northrop Grumman awarded US$254 million for payload development
13.Feb.2020 - The U.S. Space Force's Space and Missile Systems Center Development Corps signed a US$253.6 million payload development award with Northrop Grumman for the first of up to four separate payload development awards for the Protected Tactical SATCOM (PTS) acquisition. >>>

FEEDS & LINKS

Eutelsat selected by AfricaXP for DTH satellite services
13.Feb.2020 - Channel network and content distributor AfricaXP has signed multi-year agreements with Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) for Ku-band capacity on two Eutelsat satellites, positioned at 16° East and 7° East. >>>