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Summary: 14 Sep 2017 - 20 Sep 2017


 LAUNCHES Up 

New CNES, ArianeGroup step up cooperation in launch vehicles sector
20 Sep 2017 - On 15 September, CNES and ArianeGroup--the lead contractor for the Ariane family of launch vehicles--signed an agreement to step up their co-operation. >>>

New launch date for U.S. spy satellite
18 Sep 2017 - United Launch Alliance said that everything is progressing toward the ULA Atlas V NROL-42 launch. >>>

First Ariane 6 contract
14 Sep 2017 - Arianespace will launch four new satellites for the Galileo constellation, using two Ariane 62 versions of the next-generation Ariane 6 rocket from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New EchoStar 105/SES-11 shipped to Cape Canaveral
20 Sep 2017 - SES, EchoStar Corp., and Airbus Defence and Space announced that the new EchoStar 105/SES-11 spacecraft, built by Airbus, has been shipped from the Airbus facilities in Toulouse, France, to Cape Canaveral, Florida, for its forthcoming launch by SpaceX in October. >>>

Lockheed Martin announces new family of satellite buses
19 Sep 2017 - Lockheed Martin debuted a new family of satellite buses from nanosats to high-powered satellites. The company said the lineup incorporates dozens of major enhancements and hundreds of common components that speed production and reduce cost. >>>

SSL to help USAF test, validate scenarios for hosting payloads
19 Sep 2017 - SSL announced it was selected by Innoflight, Inc., a business specialising in electronics systems for Defense & Aerospace, to provide a high fidelity simulation environment for testing the security of hosted payloads on commercial satellites. >>>

Hibernation over, New Horizons continues its Kuiper Belt cruise
18 Sep 2017 - NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has exited from a five-month hibernation period as scheduled. >>>

Cassini de-orbited
15 Sep 2017 - NASA's Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn on 15 September 2017 as planned, ending its 13-year tour of the planet. >>>

GRACE mission making plans for final science data collection
15 Sep 2017 - lites almost out of fuel after more than 15 years of chasing each other around our planet to measure Earth's ever-changing gravity field, the operations team for the U.S./German Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission is making plans for an anticipated final science collection. >>>

MDA to provide subsystems for Korean lunar exploration programme
15 Sep 2017 - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. announced that it has signed a contract valued in excess of C$7 million with the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI). >>>

Two new satellites expand U.S. space situational awareness
14 Sep 2017 - TheU.S. Air Force has accepted two new satellites into operation 12 September to expand their Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program's ability to characterise and track objects in space to support a neighbourhood watch out in orbit. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

Northrop Grumman to acquire Orbital ATK for US$9.2 billion
18 Sep 2017 - Northrop Grumman Corporation and Orbital ATK, Inc. announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Northrop Grumman will acquire Orbital ATK for approximately US$7.8 billion in cash, plus the assumption of US$1.4 billion in net debt. >>>

TAS, Telespazio, Spaceflight Industries to co-operate
15 Sep 2017 - The Space Alliance, formed by Thales Alenia Space (Thales 67%, Leonardo 33%) and Telespazio (Leonardo 67%, Thales 33%), today signed a partnership with the US-based company Spaceflight Industries. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

Bell Canada takes up Telstar 19 VANTAGE HTS capacity
15 Sep 2017 - Telesat announced that Bell Canada has signed a 15-year contract for substantially all of the HTS spot beam capacity over northern Canada on Telesat's new Telstar 19 VANTAGE satellite. >>>

 

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