Summary: 31.Mar.2020 - 06.Apr.2020

LAUNCHES

New China to launch last satellite for BeiDou navigation system in May
06.Apr.2020 - China is expected to launch the last satellite for its BeiDou-3 Navigation Satellite System in May from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. >>>

New Parachutes guide China's rocket debris safely to Earth
06.Apr.2020 - China has been testing high-tech parachutes to control rocket debris and make space launches safer, according to the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT). >>>

First two Xingyun satellites to be launched this month
05.Apr.2020 - China will launch the first two communications satellites for its space-based Internet-of-Things (IoT) project in mid to late April, with one satellite named after its birthplace Wuhan, according to the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC). >>>

Hong Kong Aerospace Technology Group to launch 1st satellite
05.Apr.2020 - Hong Kong Aerospace Technology Group (HKATG) announced it aims to launch the "Golden Bauhinia No.1" low-orbit satellite in June from China. The company said the planned launch marks an important milestone in its "Golden Bauhinia" space remote sensing project. >>>

Russia postpones launch of Nauka module to 2021
02.Apr.2020 - Specialists of the Khrunichev Space Center expect to complete the trials of the Nauka multi-functional laboratory module in May, Head of Russia's State Space Corporation Roskosmos Dmitry Rogozin was quoted as saying. >>>

China to launch communication satellite for Indonesia
01.Apr.2020 - China is preparing to launch Palapa-N1 (aka Nusantara Dua, aka Nusantara Satu 2) for Indonesia from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. >>>

Galileo satellites moved from delayed Ariane 6 to Soyuz
31.Mar.2020 - Two Galileo navigation satellites will be launched into space in December from the Kourou space centre in French Guiana on a Russian Soyuz launch vehicle, instead of an Ariane 6 rocket, a source in the rocket and space industry was quoted as saying. >>>

SATELLITES

Bartolomeo successfully docks with Columbus laboratory
05.Apr.2020 - In a several-hour operation of the Canadian robotic arm of the International Space Station ISS, the Bartolomeo platform, developed and built at Airbus in Bremen, was assembled at the European space laboratory Columbus. >>>

AAC Clyde Space wins order for commercial satellite from OMS
02.Apr.2020 - AAC Clyde Space has won a £642,000 (US$797,000) order for a 6U satellite from Orbital Micro Systems (OMS), to be launched as part of the UK Space Launch Programme. >>>

L3Harris to modernise and sustain U.S. Space Force capabilities
02.Apr.2020 - L3Harris Technologies has been awarded a US$23 million contract to modernise and sustain critical space infrastructure used by the military to keep track of activities and objects in space. >>>

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope deploys full mirror
01.Apr.2020 - In a recent test, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) fully deployed its primary mirror into the same configuration it will have when in space. >>>

NASA awards support contract to JHU/APL
01.Apr.2020 - NASA has awarded the Aerospace, Research, Development, and Engineering Support Services (ARDES) II contract to Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, to execute robotic space missions for the agency through the full mission life cycle, from mission concept and formulation through data analysis. >>>

BUSINESS

exactEarth sells 4 satellites to Myriota
31.Mar.2020 - exactEarth Ltd announced that it has entered into an agreement to divest four satellites from its first-generation constellation and its ground station assets to Myriota Canada Inc. ("Myriota Canada"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Myriota PTY Ltd. ("Myriota"). >>>