Summary: 17 Mar 2019 - 21 Mar 2019


New Second GPS III satellite delivered to launch site
21 Mar 2019 - The second GPS III Space Vehicle was delivered to Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida to begin satellite launch processing. >>>

Arianespace's first Vega mission of 2019 approved for lift-off with PRISMA
20 Mar 2019 - The 14th Vega mission from French Guiana - which will orbit an Italian Space Agency Earth observation satellite - has been authorised for lift-off tomorrow following completion of its launch readiness review. >>>

Russia may launch Luna-Glob probe in 2022-2024
20 Mar 2019 - Russia's Luna-Glob (Luna-25) probe may be launched in 2022-2024, Vice-President of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) Yuri Balega said. >>>

Thales Alenia Space marks key milestone for the NanoRacks airlock module
20 Mar 2019 - Thales Alenia Space announced that its shell for NanoRacks' Airlock Module is ready to be shipped to NanoRacks' integration facilities in Houston, Texas. >>>

OneWeb books Ariane 6 launches
19 Mar 2019 - Ariane 6 will deploy satellites of the OneWeb constellation on its maiden flight. OneWeb has also booked options with Arianespace for two more Ariane 6 launches. >>>

Airbus DS enters MoU with Firefly Aerospace
19 Mar 2019 - Firefly Aerospace, Inc., a provider of economical and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft and in-space services, announced the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus) to develop new space launch solutions for Airbus customers. >>>

Delta IV launches 10th WGS satellite
17 Mar 2019 - Rocket: Delta IV; Payload: WGS-10 [Wideband Global SATCOM 10]; Date: 16 March 2019, 0026 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. >>>

Update: Soyuz MS-12 launched without problems
17 Mar 2019 - According to the flight programme, the Soyuz MS-12 rendezvous with the ISS was implemented using a four-orbit rendezvous profile. The approach and docking were performed in automatic mode under supervision of the ISS RS LOCT specialists at MCC and Russian crewmembers of the manned transportation spacecraft and the station. >>>

ESA greenlight for UK's air-breathing rocket engine
17 Mar 2019 - ESA, together with the UK Space Agency (UKSA) recently reviewed the preliminary design of the demonstrator engine core of the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE), which Reaction Engines will use to undertake ground-based testing at test facility at Westcott, Buckinghamshire, which is currently under construction. >>>

Soyuz-5 to start testing in 2022
17 Mar 2019 - The Progress Space Rocket Center has signed an agreement with the Center for the Certification of Rocket and Space Activity on certifying four Soyuz-5 medium-class rockets that will undergo flight tests in 2022-2025. >>>

New Thales Alenia Space takes 3D printing into series production
21 Mar 2019 - Thales Alenia Space said it is taking 3D printing into series production to make components for telecom satellites built on the company's new all-electric Spacebus Neo platform. >>>

New LockMart presents 'SmartSat' technology for nanosatellites
21 Mar 2019 - Lockheed Martin announced a new generation of space technology launching this year that will allow satellites to change their missions in orbit. >>>

Chinese study tests stability of new solar cells in near space
18 Mar 2019 - Chinese researchers have found that perovskite solar cells can retain most of their power conversion efficiency in near space, providing perspectives on the new solar cells' future application in space. >>>

Takeover bid for Inmarsat
20 Mar 2019 - Shares in Inmarsat Plc jumped 16% after the British satellite operator said it was in talks about a US$3.3 billion cash takeover approach from a private equity-led consortium. >>>

OneWeb secures $1.25 billion in new funding after successful launch
18 Mar 2019 - OneWeb said it has secured its largest fundraising round to date with the successful raise of US$1.25 billion in new capital. This brings the total funds raised to US$3.4 billion. This round was led by SoftBank Group Corp., Grupo Salinas, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., and the Government of Rwanda. >>>






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