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Summary: 11 Jun 2018 - 17 Jun 2018


 LAUNCHES Up 

New 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. >>>

New 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. >>>

New 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. >>>

New 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. >>>

Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully tests 3D-printed thrust chamber
13 Jun 2018 - Aerojet Rocketdyne said it recently achieved a significant milestone by successfully completing a series of hot-fire tests of an advanced, next-generation RL10 engine thrust chamber design that was built almost entirely using additive manufacturing; commonly known as 3-D printing. >>>

Galileo satellites pass fit check for Ariane 5 launch
13 Jun 2018 - The four Galileo satellites for Arianespace's next Ariane 5 mission at the service of Europe's navigation system are coming together in their flight configuration, while parallel preparations continue with the mission's heavy-lift launcher. >>>

Japan launches new radar observation satellite
12 Jun 2018 - Rocket: H-2A; Payload: IGS Radar 6; Date: 12 June 2018, 0420 UTC; Launch site: Tanegashima Space Center, Japan. >>>

Spaceflight to launch smallsats for Canon, BlackSky, and others
11 Jun 2018 - Satellite rideshare and mission management provider Spaceflight has partnered with Rocket Lab for three upcoming launches. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

Harris delivers environmental monitoring sensor for GOSAT-2
13 Jun 2018 - Harris Corporation has delivered an environmental monitoring sensor for the Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite-2 (GOSAT-2), which will significantly enhance Japan's ability to monitor greenhouse gases from space. >>>

Opportunity rover hit by massive Martian dust storm
13 Jun 2018 - NASA engineers attempted to contact the Opportunity rover today but did not hear back from the nearly 15-year old rover. >>>


 LAW & ORDER Up 

New 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. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

Inmarsat rejects take-over offer by EchoStar
11 Jun 2018 - Shares in Inmarsat Plc surged around 12% on Monday after the company rejected a bid from EchoStar late last week. The approach by EchoStar was for the entire share capital of Inmarsat. >>>


 RESEARCH Up 

SIA releases 21st Annual State of the Satellite Industry Report
14 Jun 2018 - The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) has released the 2018 State of the Satellite Industry Report. The 2018 industry report, produced by Bryce Space and Technology, LLC, is derived from proprietary surveys of satellite companies, in-depth public information, and independent analysis which are combined to assess the performance of key satellite industry sectors including satellite services, manufacturing, ground equipment and launch services. >>>

 

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