Summary: 04 Apr 2021 - 11 Apr 2021

LAUNCHES

New Little progress on Soyuz Sea Launches
11 Apr 2021 - The Rocket and Space Center Progress continues talks on launching the Soyuz rocket from the Sea Launch floating space port but no specific arrangements have been reached so far, CEO of the company Dmitry Baranov was quoted as saying. >>>

China launches third Shiyan 6 satellite
09 Apr 2021 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 4B; Payload: Shiyan 6-03; Date: 8 April 2021, 2301 UTC; Launch site: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, China. The satellite was deployed into a 990 km x 1,002 km x 99.51 degrees Sun-synchronous orbit. >>>

Soyuz vessel arrives at ISS three hours after launch
09 Apr 2021 - Rocket: Soyuz-2.1a; Payload: Soyuz MS18; Date: 9 April 2021, 0742 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The crewed vessel safely reached the International Space Station in about three hours and a half, using a two-orbit scheme. >>>

Rocket Lab to recover Electron booster on next mission
09 Apr 2021 - Rocket Lab announced that on its next mission the company will attempt to bring a rocket back from space, slowing the Electron launch vehicle down from speeds of Mach 8 as it re-enters Earth's atmosphere before splashing the rocket down in the ocean. The complex mission is the next major step toward making Electron the first orbital-class reusable small launch vehicle, enabling rapid-turnaround launches for small satellites. >>>

OneWeb satellites arrive at launch site
06 Apr 2021 - Another set of 36 OneWeb communication satellites has arrived at Russia's Vostochny cosmodrome ahead of the launch of a Soyuz-2.1b rocket slated for 26 April, Roskosmos said. >>>

Lockheed Martin expands launch capability with ABL block buy
05 Apr 2021 - ABL Space Systems will provide Lockheed Martin with routine launches of RS1 rockets to accelerate payload technologies into orbit. Lockheed Martin will purchase up to 26 vehicles through 2025 and then up to 32 additional launches through 2029. >>>

RocketShip delivers Atlas V for Space Force launch
05 Apr 2021 - A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket built to carry SBIRS GEO Flight 5 into space recently arrived at Cape Canaveral after sailing from the factory aboard the R/S RocketShip. >>>

Roskosmos reduces dependence on foreign-made components
05 Apr 2021 - Russian rockets are produced using Russian-made components to almost 100%, Roskosmos spokesman Vladimir Ustimenko said in an interview. >>>

OHB Sweden signs launch service agreement with RFA
04 Apr 2021 - OHB Sweden, subsidiary of space and technology group OHB SE, has signed a contract for a dedicated launch with Germany-based launch service provider, Rocket Factory Augsburg (RFA), for an upcoming mission scheduled for mid-2024. >>>

SATELLITES

Teledyne e2v confirms VNIR-SWIR detector supply contract for CHIME
06 Apr 2021 - Teledyne e2v, a part of the Teledyne Imaging Group, and a Teledyne Technologies company, will supply image sensors and detectors to the recently announced grouped proposal of the European Space Agency's (ESA) industrial policy committee to place six Copernicus Sentinel satellite missions in space. >>>

York Space Systems successfully tests autonomous operations upgrade
06 Apr 2021 - York Space Systems' rapidly deployable satellite system has successfully completed a rigorous twelve-month operational testing phase, demonstrating enterprise-wide autonomous operations for York customers. >>>

Microsoft adds DeeperVision solution to Azure Orbital
06 Apr 2021 - Thales Alenia Space and Microsoft announced that they are innovating together on cloud technologies in space by adding the DeeperVision automated image processing solution developed by Thales Alenia Space to Microsoft's Azure Orbital platform. >>>

NASA selects Geostationary and Extended Orbits Imager contracts
04 Apr 2021 - NASA has selected L3Harris Technologies Inc. of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Raytheon Company of El Segundo, California, for the Geostationary and Extended Orbits (GEO-XO) Imager (GXI) Phase A Study contracts. >>>

BUSINESS

Voyager completes acquisition of The Launch Company
04 Apr 2021 - Voyager Space Holdings, Inc. announced it has completed the acquisition of The Launch Company. Voyager announced the company's intent to acquire The Launch Company in November 2020 and, with its closing, will now add launch services to the holding company's growing list of capabilities. >>>

AAC Clyde Space acquires Swedish space company Omnisys Instruments
04 Apr 2021 - AAC Clyde Space announced that it has entered into a conditional agreement for the acquisition of the privately owned Swedish company Omnisys Instruments, a developer and manufacturer of measuring instruments for advanced space projects. >>>

Thales Alenia Space opens new FabLab at Charleroi plant
04 Apr 2021 - Thales Alenia Space announced that it has set up a new FabLab (fabrication laboratory) at its plant in Charleroi, Belgium, following the company's first FabLabs in Toulouse, Cannes and Rome. The company said that this approach reflects its ongoing digital transformation. >>>

FEEDS & LINKS

New Roskosmos plans to provide space communications across Russia by 2024
11 Apr 2021 - Russia's state space corporation Roskosmos plans to provide space communications and broadband Internet across the entire country in a span of three years, Roskosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin was quoted as saying. >>>