Summary: 21 Feb 2021 - 25 Feb 2021

LAUNCHES

New Chang Zheng-5B Y2 rocket transported to launch site
25 Feb 2021 - The Chang Zheng-5B Y2 rocket, which is to launch the core module of China's space station, was safely transported to the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in Hainan Province recently. >>>

New Update: PSLV-C51/ Amazônia launch preview
25 Feb 2021 - PSLV-C51, which is the 53rd mission of PSLV, will launch Amazônia-1 of Brazil as primary satellite and 18 co-passenger satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. The launch is tentatively scheduled at 0524 UTC on 28 February 2021, subject to weather conditions. >>>

New General Atomics partners with Rocket Lab to launch Argos-4
25 Feb 2021 - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced that it has signed a contract with Rocket Lab to launch the GA-EMS developed Orbital Test Bed (OTB) satellite carrying the Argos-4 Advanced Data Collection System (A-DCS) hosted payload. >>>

New L3Harris awarded second year of MOSSAIC contract
25 Feb 2021 - L3Harris Technologies has been awarded US$89 million for option-year two of a U.S. Space Force and U.S. Space Command contract to continue maintaining and modernising infrastructure to track objects in space. >>>

Third Yaogan 31 trio launched
24 Feb 2021 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 4C; Payload: three Yaogan Weixing 31 satellites; Date: 24 February 2021, 0222 UTC; Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China. The satellites were deployed into near-circular 1,090 km x 63.41 degrees orbit. >>>

Orbex commissions 3D printer for rapid rocket-building
24 Feb 2021 - Orbex has commissioned AMCM to build the largest industrial 3D printer in Europe, allowing the UK-based space launch company to rapidly print complex rocket engines in-house. >>>

15th Cygnus vessel launched to ISS
21 Feb 2021 - Rocket: Antares 230+; Payload: Cygnus "S.S. Katherine Johnson"/NG-15, 30 ThinSats; Date: 20 February 2021, 1736 UTC; Launch site: Wallops Flight Facility, USA. About three hours after launch, the spacecraft's solar arrays successfully deployed to collect sunlight to power Cygnus on its journey to the International Space Station. >>>

Russia to launch Arctic monitoring satellite on 28 February
21 Feb 2021 - The launch of an Arktika-M Arctic monitoring satellite from the Baikonur spaceport is scheduled for 28 February, Deputy Chief Designer of the Lavochkin Research and Production Association for General Designing Ivan Moskatinyev was quoted as saying. >>>

Firefly Aerospace to launch NASA's MAIA
21 Feb 2021 - General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced that it has awarded a contract to Firefly Aerospace Inc. to launch a GA-EMS developed Orbital Test Bed (OTB) satellite carrying NASA's Multi-Angle Imager for Aerosols (MAIA) instrument. >>>

NASA, Boeing update Starliner orbital flight test date
21 Feb 2021 - NASA and Boeing now are targeting no earlier than Friday, 2 April, for launch of the agency's Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 to the International Space Station. >>>

SATELLITES

China's Tianwen-1 enters Mars parking orbit
24 Feb 2021 - China's Tianwen-1 probe entered the parking orbit of Mars after performing an orbital manoeuvre, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA). >>>

ClimaCell to launch constellation of radar-equipped satellites
24 Feb 2021 - ClimaCell announceh the company has designed proprietary radar-equipped satellites and will begin launching dozens into space over the coming years. ClimaCell's radar-equipped small-satellite constellation represents a first in the history of the weather industry. >>>

Blue Canyon to develop six additional DARPA Blackjack satellites
24 Feb 2021 - Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies, announced it will develop an additional six satellites for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Blackjack programme under a Phase 3 contract. >>>

L3Harris awarded additional payload Mission Data Units for GPS III
23 Feb 2021 - L3Harris Technologies has received contracts totalling US$137 million for four navigation payload Mission Data Units (MDU) for future GPS III Follow-on (GPS IIIF) satellites. >>>

Anand satellite not to fly aboard next PSLV
23 Feb 2021 - Indian space startup Pixxel announced that its first satellite called Anand will not be launched as a piggyback payload aboard the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C51 as planned on 28 February. >>>

TAS to deliver two more pressurised cargo modules to NGC
22 Feb 2021 - Thales Alenia Space has been confirmed by Northrop Grumman to deliver pressurised cargo modules for the 18th and 19th Cygnus cargo mission to the ISS. >>>

Neutron Star Systems awarded contract for superconducting components
22 Feb 2021 - Neutron Star Systems (NSS) has announced the signature of its first contract with the European Space Agency to deliver superconducting components for spacecraft. >>>

Telesat Lightspeed to receive C$400 million from Québec government
21 Feb 2021 - Telesat announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of Québec for an investment of C$400 million into Telesat Lightspeed, Telesat's Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite network. In related news, Telesat has selected Canadian space technology company MDA to manufacture the phased array antennas to be incorporated into the Lightspeed satellites. >>>

DLR to use Bartolomeo for in-orbit verification of laser-optical clocks
21 Feb 2021 - The Galileo Competence Center of the German Aerospace Center (DLR-GK) and Airbus have signed a €16.8 million contract for the hosting of DLR's COMPASSO mission on the International Space Station (ISS) Bartolomeo platform. >>>

BUSINESS

Redwire acquires Deployable Space Systems (DSS)
23 Feb 2021 - Redwire announced that it has acquired Deployable Space Systems, Inc. (DSS), a supplier of mission-enabling deployable solar arrays, structures and mechanisms for space applications. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. >>>

FEEDS & LINKS

New SES extends long-term partnership with Sky
25 Feb 2021 - Sky UK has extended its contract with SES for satellite capacity in a new agreement that will add over €90 million in secured backlog. >>>

Sateliot, The Space Alliance to co-operate on IoT connectivity
23 Feb 2021 - The satellite telecommunications operator Sateliot will rely on the experience and know-how of The Space Alliance between Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio for the development of a constellation of nanosatellites to ensure that IoT connectivity is compatible with the 5G standard. >>>

European pubcasters sign multi-year capacity contracts with SES
22 Feb 2021 - SES announced that it has signed multi-year capacity agreements totalling over €66 million in backlog with multiple public broadcasters in Europe throughout 2020. >>>