Summary: 11 Feb 2019 - 17 Feb 2019


New Soyuz launch with OneWeb satellites set for for 26 Feb.
17 Feb 2019 - Arianespace has completed a major preparation milestone for its next Soyuz launch with integration of the mission's payload: the initial six spacecraft in OneWeb's constellation. >>>

PRISMA Earth observation satellite is 'fit' for Vega launch
14 Feb 2019 - The PRISMA satellite on Arianespace's upcoming Vega mission has completed a key step in its pre-launch checkout process, which will enable this Italian Earth observation platform to be orbited in mid-March from French Guiana. >>>

NanoRacks completes 6th CubeSat deployment from Cygnus spacecraft
14 Feb 2019 - NanoRacks has successfully completed the company's sixth CubeSat deployment mission from Northrop Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft. Cygnus (S.S. John Young) departed the International Space Station on 8 February 2019 and performed a number of on-orbit activities, including a NanoRacks deployment. >>>

NASA resumes RS-25 testing for new Space Launch System
14 Feb 2019 - NASA resumed RS-25 rocket engine testing for its new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket with a 13 February hot fire on the A-1 Test Stand at Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The hot fire marked the first RS-25 test of the year at Stennis, continuing a series with developmental engine No. 0525 that began last August. >>>

Arianespace to launch satellite deployment solution from Open Cosmos
12 Feb 2019 - Arianespace and Open Cosmos, a company providing turnkey space missions, announced that they have signed a contract for the launch of an innovative CubeSat deployment solution. >>>

Spaceflight to send its 1st rideshare mission to GTO
12 Feb 2019 - Spaceflight announced it will launch two payloads on its first rideshare mission to Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO). The mission is scheduled for no earlier than mid-February 2019 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launching from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. >>>

Pentagon to review certification of SpaceX rockets
12 Feb 2019 - The U.S. Department of Defense will evaluate the certification for SpaceX launch vehicles to determine whether the U.S. Air Force complied with certain guidelines, according to a memo. >>>

China improves Chang Zheng-6 rocket for growing commercial launches
11 Feb 2019 - China announced that it is developing a modified version of the Chang Zheng-6 rocket to add four solid boosters to increase its carrying capacity. >>>


New RemoveDEBRIS: success for harpoon experiment
17 Feb 2019 - RemoveDEBRIS successfully fired a harpoon on 8 February 2018 at a speed of 20 metres per second and penetrated a target made of satellite panel material. The harpoon and 1.5 metre target boom were designed by a team at Airbus in Stevenage UK. >>>

NASA's Opportunity rover mission at an end after almost 15 years
13 Feb 2019 - The Opportunity rover stopped communicating with Earth when a severe Mars-wide dust storm blanketed its location in June 2018. After more than a thousand commands to restore contact, engineers in the Space Flight Operations Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) made their last attempt to revive Opportunity on 12 February, to no avail. >>>

NASA selects new mission to explore origins of universe
13 Feb 2019 - NASA has selected a new space mission that will help astronomers understand both how our universe evolved and how common are the ingredients for life in our galaxy's planetary systems. >>>

GOES-17 is now operational
13 Feb 2019 - GOES-17 is now operational as the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) GOES West satellite. >>>


New Eutesal Communications results H1 FY 2018-19
17 Feb 2019 - The Board of Directors of Eutelsat Communications reviewed the financial results for the half-year ended 31 December 2018. >>>

Abertis sells Hispasat stake to Red Eléctrica
14 Feb 2019 - Spanish toll road operator Abertis has agreed to sell its 89.7% stake in Hispasat to Red Eléctrica for €949 million (US$1.072 billion). Red Eléctrica (REE) manages Spain's high voltage electricity transmission lines but also operates a fibre optic network in the country. >>>

Airbus SE results 2018
14 Feb 2019 - Airbus SE reported consolidated financial results for 2018. >>>

Airbus invests €25 million in its Ottobrunn aerospace site
11 Feb 2019 - Airbus said it is expanding its aerospace activities at its site in Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen, near Munich with the modernisation of solar array production for satellites, and with the commissioning of expanded clean rooms for optical satellite instruments. In total, the company will be investing approximately €25 million. >>>


Eutelsat to provide capacity for new Afghan DTH platform
14 Feb 2019 - Eutelsat Communications and Afghanistan Broadcasting System (ABS) have signed a multi-year, multi-transponder contract for video capacity on the Eutelsat 53A satellite. >>>

Ethiopian broadcasters take capacity on Eutelsat 8 West B
12 Feb 2019 - Eutelsat Communications has signed simultaneous multi-year contracts with the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation and the Association of Ethiopian Broadcasters for video capacity on its Eutelsat 8 West B satellite. >>>


New S7 Space CEO Sergei Sopov to step down
17 Feb 2019 - Sergei Sopov, Chief Executive Officer of Sea Launch operator S7 Space is leaving the company. >>>






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