Summary: 11 Mar 2018 - 15 Mar 2018


New Air Force awards launch services contracts to SpaceX and ULA
15 Mar 2018 - The U.S. Air Force announced the award of two Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) launch service contracts. >>>

ILS announces Proton Medium launch assignments
14 Mar 2018 - ILS announced multiple launch assignments for Proton Medium launches that will include the use of both the 4.35 meter and the new 5.2 meter payload fairing. The missions will take place beginning in late 2019 from Pad 24 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. >>>

DigitalGlobe selects SpaceX to launch WorldView Legion satellites
14 Mar 2018 - DigitalGlobe said that the initial block of the company's multi-satellite WorldView Legion constellation will be launched by two flight-proven Falcon 9 rockets in 2021. >>>

Next batch of Iridium satellites at VAFB
13 Mar 2018 - Iridium Communications Inc. announced that all 10 Iridium NEXT satellites for its fifth launch have arrived and are in processing at SpaceX's west coast launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. >>>

Space Drones to be launched on Proton
12 Mar 2018 - ILS and UK headquartered Effective Space announce their intent to contract to deliver two of Effective Space's "Space Drone" spacecraft into orbit. The Proton Briz M rideshare launch is planned for 2020 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. >>>

Soyuz launches four O3b satellites
11 Mar 2018 - Rocket: Soyuz-2.1b/Fregat; Payload: four O3b satellites; Date: 9 March 2018, 710:06 UTC; Launch site: Sinnamary, French Guiana. Soyuz deployed its four passengers during a flight of approximately 2 hrs., 22 min. This included the propulsion of Soyuz' first three stages, as well as four burns of its Fregat upper stage. >>>

BepiColombo gets green light for launch site
11 Mar 2018 - Europe's first mission to Mercury will soon be ready for shipping to the spaceport to begin final preparations for launch. >>>


New Landsat 9 completes CDR
15 Mar 2018 - Orbital ATK has been given approval to begin building the NASA Landsat 9 spacecraft after completing a comprehensive design review of the mission. Landsat 9, a land surface mapping satellite, will collect space-based images and data that serve as valuable resources for researchers in areas that include agriculture, land use mapping, and disaster relief. Orbital ATK is designing and manufacturing the satellite, integrating two government-furnished instruments, and supporting launch, early orbit operations and on-orbit check-out of the observatory. >>>

New Airbus launches photonics payload technology project - OPTIMA
15 Mar 2018 - Airbus has launched the OPTIMA project, which will deliver a proof of concept demonstrator for the use of photonic payloads in telecommunications satellites. >>>

New TAS ships instrument for EarthCARE satellite mission
15 Mar 2018 - Thales Alenia Space has shipped the broadband radiometer (BBR), a scientific instrument for the European Space Agency's Earth Cloud Aerosol and Radiation Explorer (EarthCARE) satellite mission. Designed and built by Thales Alenia Space in the United Kingdom, it was shipped to satellite prime contractor Airbus integration centre in Friedrichshafen, Germany. >>>

Deep Space Industries to provide satellite propulsion for Astro Digital
14 Mar 2018 - Deep Space Industries announced that it has signed a contract with Astro Digital to provide several Comet water-based satellite propulsion systems. Comet is a simple electrothermal propulsion system that can be customised for nearly any small satellite application. >>>

Orbital ATK introduces new in-orbit satellite servicing technology
13 Mar 2018 - Orbital ATK announced its plan for the company's next generation of satellite life extension and in-space servicing products. >>>


TAS, Telespazio, Spaceflight set up smallsat alliance
13 Mar 2018 - The Space Alliance formed by Thales Alenia Space (Thales 67%, Leonardo 33%) and Telespazio (Leonardo 67%, Thales 33%) announced it has officially taken a minority stake in Seattle-based Spaceflight Industries, having received all government approvals for the transaction. >>>

CPI to buy Viasat's large-diameter antennas
12 Mar 2018 - The Antenna Systems Division (ASD) of Communications & Power Industries LLC (CPI) announced it has signed an agreement to purchase the limited-motion satellite antenna family from Viasat Inc. >>>


BridgeSat and NASA sign agreement for laser communications
13 Mar 2018 - BridgeSat announced an industry-first agreement with NASA designed to develop a commercialised laser-based free space optical communication system that could support the agency's future missions as they transition to optical communications. >>>

ViaSat-2 services available for military applications
12 Mar 2018 - Viasat Inc. announced the availability of ViaSat-2 satellite communications (SATCOM) service for government, defence and military applications. >>>





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