Summary: 12 Jan 2019 - 17 Jan 2019


Iranian satellite launch fails
15 Jan 2019 - Iran launched a satellite on 15 January but the spacecraft failed to reach orbit, state television quoted the telecommunications minister as saying. >>>

Russian space telescope still not responding
15 Jan 2019 - Another attempt to restore control over Russia's radio telescope Spektr-R has failed, Alexander Bloshenko, adviser on science to the chief of Russia's state space corporation Roskosmos, was quoted as saying. >>>

NASA continues efforts to fix Hubble's WFC-3 instrument
14 Jan 2019 - NASA said it continues to work toward recovering the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3 instrument, which suspended operations on Tuesday, 8 January. >>>

Cosmic radiation possible cause of Spektr-R failure
14 Jan 2019 - The Spektr-R space radio telescope's transmission device failure may have been caused by cosmic radiation accumulated in the spacecraft's electronics during the past eight years, a source in the Russian space industry was quoted as saying by TASS. >>>


New Delay of the day: Epsilon-4/Innovative Satellite Technology Demonstration-1
17 Jan 2019 - Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has postponed the schedule of the fourth Epsilon Launch Vehicle (Epsilon-4) with aboard the Innovative Satellite Technology Demonstration-1 from the JAXA Uchinoura Space Center. >>>

New ISRO to launch Kalamsat, Microsat on PSLV-C44 on 24 January
17 Jan 2019 - The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch an imaging satellite Microsat-R along with a student payload 'Kalamsat' from its spaceport in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, on 24 January at 1808 UTC. >>>

New Adapter for Eutelsat/MEV launch returns to Russia
17 Jan 2019 - Khrunichev Space Center said it continues its preparations to launch the Eutelsat 5 West B and MEV-1 spacecraft using a Proton M rocket equipped with a Briz M upper stage. >>>

New launch date for classified mission
16 Jan 2019 - A new date has been set for the launch of a Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying the NROL-71 mission for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. >>>

Iran to try satellite launch again in a few months' time
16 Jan 2019 - Iran will be ready for a new satellite launch in a few months' time after a failed attempt this week, President Hassan Rouhani said. >>>

CGWIC signs launch agreement with Satellogic
15 Jan 2019 - China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) announced a Multiple Launch Services Agreement (MLA) with Satellogic. >>>

Russia to complete military satellite constellation Blagovest in April
15 Jan 2019 - The launch of the fourth and last military communications satellite of Russia's Blagovest constellation is tentatively planned for April, a source in the space industry was quoted as saying. >>>

D-Orbit to develop precise in-orbit CubeSat deployer
15 Jan 2019 - The European Space Agency (ESA) awarded D-Orbit SpA with a contract for the development of a precise in-orbit CubeSat deployer. >>>

China performs first satellite launch of 2019
12 Jan 2019 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 3B; Payload: Zhongxing-2D [ChinaSat-2D]; Date: 10 January 2019, 1711 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Centre, China. People's Liberation Army Daily, a military newspaper, confirmed the payload's delivery into geostationary transfer orbit 70 minutes later. >>>

Falcon 9 launch completes deployment of Iridium NEXT constellation
12 Jan 2019 - Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: 10 Iridium NEXT satellites; Date: 11 January 2019, 1531 UTC; Launch site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, USA. Falcon 9's first stage delivered the second stage to its targeted orbit followed by deployment of all 10 Iridium NEXT satellites approximately 1 hour and 12 minutes after launch. >>>


New Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 recovered, collecting science data
17 Jan 2019 - The Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3 was brought back to full operational status and completed its first science observations on 17 January. The instrument autonomously shut down on 8 January after internal data erroneously indicated invalid voltage levels. >>>

New Efforts to regain contact with Spektr-R continue
17 Jan 2019 - Specialists will try once again to regain control over Spektr-R radio telescope on 21 January when the distance to the spacecraft will be minimal, said Alexander Bloshenko, science advisor to Roskosmos chief Rogozin. >>>

First Spacebus Neo service module assembled
14 Jan 2019 - On 27 December 2018, Thales Alenia Space assembled the avionics and Xenon propulsion modules to form the service module of the first Spacebus Neo satellite, KONNECT, a high throughput satellite ordered by Eutelsat. >>>

Airbus receives DARPA contract in support of Blackjack programme
14 Jan 2019 - Airbus Defense and Space Inc. has been awarded a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a satellite bus in support of the Blackjack programme. >>>

ESA chooses Thales Alenia Space to lead the FLEX mission
14 Jan 2019 - Thales Alenia Space announced that it has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to lead the Fluorescence Explorer (FLEX) satellite mission. FLEX was selected in 2015 as ESA's eighth Earth Explorer mission, and is scheduled for launch in 2023. It will map the Earth's vegetation fluorescence to quantify photosynthetic activity using the FLORIS instrument. >>>

LockMart to sustain, modernise GPS ground control
14 Jan 2019 - The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin the GPS Control Segment Sustainment II (GCS II) contract to continue to sustain and further modernise the Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite constellation's ground control system through 2025. This is the follow-on contract to Lockheed Martin's current GCS contract awarded in 2013. >>>

Control of Spektr-R satellite lost
12 Jan 2019 - Roscosmos said its specialists are attempting to fix problems that have blocked control of the Spektr-R satellite radio telescope. >>>


Boeing invests in Isotropic Systems Ltd.
16 Jan 2019 - Boeing announced its investment in Isotropic Systems Ltd., a London-based startup pioneering next-generation solutions to better connect people and enterprises around the globe. >>>

Aireon announces credit facility with Deutsche Bank
16 Jan 2019 - Aireon LLC announced it has signed a credit facility agreement for US$200 million with a group of several independent investor funds, led by Deutsche Bank. >>>


Iridium Certus goes live
16 Jan 2019 - Iridium Communications Inc. announced the commercial launch of its Iridium Certus broadband service, the first new capability activated from the company's US$3 billion Iridium NEXT satellite replacement programme. >>>


Maxar Technologies announces CEO transition
14 Jan 2019 - Maxar Technologies announced the appointment of Daniel Jablonsky as President and Chief Executive Officer of Maxar, effective immediately. >>>






Planetary Society >>>

Los Angeles Times >>>

GeekWire >>>

Spaceflight Insider >>>

Florida Today >>>

The Hindu >>>

Wall Street Journal >>>