Summary: 15 Nov 2017 - 21 Nov 2017


New China launches three commercial remote sensing satellites
21 Nov 2017 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 6; Payload: Jilin 1-04, 1-05, 1-06 (Lingqiao 1-04, 1-05, 1-06); Date: 21 November 2017, 0450 UTC; Launch site: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, China. >>>

Penultimate Delta II launches weather satellite
20 Nov 2017 - Rocket: Delta II; Payload: JPSS-1, five CubeSats; Date: 18 November 2017, 0947 UTC; Launch site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, USA. Approximately 63 minutes after launch the solar arrays on JPSS-1 deployed and the spacecraft was operating on its own power. >>>

Delay of the day: Falcon 9/Zuma (again)
17 Nov 2017 - The launch of a classified U.S. government satellite aboard a Falcon 9 rocket has been postponed. >>>

NASA launch of NOAA weather satellite rescheduled
16 Nov 2017 - The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta II carrying the NOAA Joint Polar Satellite System-1, or JPSS-1, has been rescheduled for 0947 UTC on Saturday, 18 November 2017, from Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. >>>

Angosat delivered to Baikonur
16 Nov 2017 - The Angosat spacecraft built by Energia under a contract with the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technologies of the Republic of Angola has been delivered to the Baikonur launch site. >>>

U.S. DOD awards agreement for prototype launch on LauncherOne
16 Nov 2017 - The U.S. Department of Defense announced that it has a prototype flight with Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne as a demonstration of the new launch service. >>>

China expected to offer sea launch for commercial payloads in 2018
16 Nov 2017 - China is expected to complete its first sea launch for commercial payloads in 2018, said Yang Baohua, vice general manager of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC). >>>

China launches new weather satellite
15 Nov 2017 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 4C; Payload: Fengyun 3D, HEAD 1; Date: 14 November 2017, 18:35 UTC; Launch site: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, China. >>>

Delay of the day I: Delta II/JPSS-1
15 Nov 2017 - The second attempt to launch NOAA's JPSS-1 satellite on 15 November at 0947 UTC was scrubbed due to excessive upper level winds. The team is working to establish a new launch opportunity. >>>

Delay of the day II: Falcon 9/Zuma
15 Nov 2017 - SpaceX's planned launch of a secret Zuma payload for the U.S. government has been delayed at least 24 hours to 16 November. SpaceX said that "Both Falcon 9 and the payload remain healthy; teams will use the extra day to conduct some additional mission assurance work in advance of launch." >>>


New Eutelsat 172B operational
21 Nov 2017 - Eutelsat Communications' all-electric Eutelsat 172B satellite has gone into full commercial service. >>>

New Earth-i orders satellites from SSTL full-colour video constellation
21 Nov 2017 - British 'New Space' pioneer Earth-i announced that it has ordered the first five satellites from SSTL (Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd) for its new Earth Observation (EO) constellation. >>>

New SSTL, ASTROSCALE team up for orbital debris removal missions
21 Nov 2017 - ASTROSCALE PTE. LTD. (ASTROSCALE) and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to pursue joint opportunities in areas of on-orbit technologies and missions designed to safeguard the orbital environment. >>>

Harris Corporation completes testing for JWST
20 Nov 2017 - Harris Corporation has partnered with NASA's Johnson Space Center to successfully complete thermal vacuum testing for the James Webb Space Telescope - validating its ability to operate in the frigid space environment. >>>

QinetiQ signs ESA contract to build spacecraft docking system
20 Nov 2017 - QinetiQ has signed a €26.6 million contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to produce a new docking mechanism for the International Space Station (ISS). >>>

U.S. Navy accepts MUOS-5
17 Nov 2017 - The U.S. Navy's Communications Satellite Program Office, PMW 146, and Lockheed Martin handed over full operational control of the fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite to the Naval Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC). >>>

NASA selects instrument for international mission to Martian moons
16 Nov 2017 - NASA has selected a science instrument for an upcoming Japan-led sample return mission to the moons of Mars planned for launch in 2024. >>>

SSTL to build UrtheCast's UrtheDaily constellation
15 Nov 2017 - A signed contract for the Earth Observation satellites for the UrtheDaily Constellation was announced by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) and UrtheCast of Canada. >>>

Thales Alenia Space's radar sounder to explore Jupiter's icy moons
15 Nov 2017 - Thales Alenia Space has been chosen by the Italian space agency ASI to develop an instrument called RIME (Radar sounder for Icy Moons Exploration) for the JUICE (JUpiter Icy moons Explorer) mission, part of the European Space Agency's "2015-25 Cosmic Vision" programme. >>>

SSL to conduct power and propulsion study for deep space gateway
15 Nov 2017 - SSL was selected by NASA to conduct a four-month study for a module that will provide power and control for NASA's deep space gateway concept. >>>


New SES and ESA set up new government satcom platform
21 Nov 2017 - SES leads a European consortium of industry partners to sign an agreement with the European Space Agency (ESA) to set up Pacis-1, a new satellite communication platform for governments that is aimed at making secure satellite communications accessible and available to governments and institutions. >>>





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