Summary: 12 Feb 2018 - 18 Feb 2018


New Delay of the day: Falcon 9/Paz
18 Feb 2018 - SpaceX has pushed back the launch of a Spanish radar observation satellite from California from Sunday until 21 February. >>>

Vinci completes subsystems qualification campaigns
15 Feb 2018 - The re-ignitable Vinci engine, which will power the upper stage of the Ariane 6 launcher, has now successfully completed its last two subsystems qualification campaigns (M6 and M7) with 140 engine tests conducted. >>>

Vector announces 5 orbital launch reservation with Open Cosmos
15 Feb 2018 - Vector, a nanosatellite launch company, and Open Cosmos, a space mission provider, announced an agreement to reserve five orbital launches between 2019 and 2023 on the Vector-R launch vehicle. The announcement comes in advance of Vector's first orbital launch in July. >>>

Progress vessel on slow trip to the ISS
13 Feb 2018 - Rocket: Soyuz-2.1a; Payload: Progress MS-08 [Progress P69]; Date: 13 February 2018, 0813 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The Progress cargo transportation spacecraft developed and built by RSC Energia was successfully put into a low Earth orbit. >>>

Two Chinese navsats launched into MEO
12 Feb 2018 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 3B/YZ 1; Payload: BeiDou-3 MEO-3, BeiDou-3 MEO-4; Date: 12 February 2018, 0503 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. Success of the mission was confirmed some four hours after launch, following insertion of the satellites into their intended orbits around 21,000 km above the Earth. >>>


New Progress MS-08 docks with ISS
18 Feb 2018 - On 15 February at 1038 UTC the cargo transportation spacecraft Progress MS-08 successfully docked with the propulsion compartment of the Service Module Zvezda of the International Space Station (ISS). >>>

New MDA to provide optical communication payload design for SpaceDataHighway
18 Feb 2018 - MDA announced that it has signed a contract valued at approximately C$4 million with Airbus for design studies dedicated to the optical data relay payload of the third SpaceDataHighway satellite. >>>

Ball Aerospace delivers flight cryocooler for NASA's Landsat mission
15 Feb 2018 - Ball Aerospace delivered the TIRS-2 Flight Cryocooler for the Landsat 9 TIRS-2 instrument ahead of schedule to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). Achieving this milestone early will allow GSFC additional time and options during the instrument integration and test phase. >>>

Microsat Systems Canada selects MDA to provide MSAR Payload
14 Feb 2018 - Microsat Systems Canada Inc ("MSCI") announced that they have selected MDA, a Maxar Technologies company, to provide the payload for a MSCI's microsatellite based Synthetic Aperture Radar. >>>

NASA ends use of Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES)
14 Feb 2018 - On 31 January NASA ended the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer's (TES) almost 14-year operation. Launched in 2004 on NASA's Aura spacecraft, TES was the first instrument designed to monitor ozone in the lowest layers of the atmosphere directly from space. Its high-resolution observations led to new measurements of atmospheric gases that have altered our understanding of the Earth system. >>>

Eutelsat 16C satellite deorbited after 17 years and 10 months
13 Feb 2018 - Designed for a contractual orbital life of 10 years, the Eutelsat 16C/SESAT telecommunications satellite has now been deorbited after 17 years and 10 months of operational service. >>>

Infostellar announces StellarStation Amateur
13 Feb 2018 - In order to help minimise early stage satellite mission failures, Infostellar has released a web-based LEOP (Launch and Early Orbit phase) support tool for amateur UHF satellites called StellarStation Amateur. >>>

Aeolus passes all tests in Liège, arrives in Toulouse for final checks
12 Feb 2018 - Aeolus, the European Space Agency's wind sensing satellite, has left Liège in Belgium having successfully completed an extensive thermal and functional performance test campaign under in-orbit conditions. >>>

Exomars 2020 drill completes tests
12 Feb 2018 - Space qualification tests of the drill manufactured by Leonardo at its Nerviano (Milan) plant for the ExoMars 2020 mission have now been completed with success. >>>


New Eutelsat Communications S.A. results 1H FY 2017-2018
18 Feb 2018 - The Board of Directors of Eutelsat Communications has reviewed the financial results for the half-year ending 31 December 2017. >>>

Maxar Technologies announces move of HQ to Westminster, Colorado
15 Feb 2018 - Maxar Technologies Ltd. announced plans to move its corporate headquarters to Westminster, Colorado from San Francisco. >>>


New Chinese satellite industry to disrupt markets across Eurasia - report
18 Feb 2018 - NSR's industry-first China Satcom Markets (CSM) report finds a Chinese satellite industry primed to take a larger share of the global satcom market through attractive one-stop-shop offerings, aggressive growth plans and enhanced exports. >>>


SES announces appointment of Steve Collar as new President & CEO
12 Feb 2018 - The Board of Directors of SES announced its decision to appoint a new President & CEO and a new CFO of SES with effect from 5 April 2018. >>>





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