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Summary: 21 Jul 2017 - 27 Jul 2017


 LAUNCHES Up 

New Iran launches Simorgh rocket
27 Jul 2017 - Iran said it successfully tested a satellite-launch rocket. The vehicle, named Simorgh ("Phoenix"), was capable of propelling a satellite with a mass of 250 kg into a 500-kilometres orbit. >>>

New New tentative launch date for TDRS-M
27 Jul 2017 - NASA has provided Boeing concurrence to remove and replace the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite's (TDRS-M) Omni S-band forward antenna. >>>

Astrobotic and ULA announce mission to the moon
26 Jul 2017 - Astrobotic and United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced that Astrobotic's Peregrine Lunar Lander will be onboard a ULA launch vehicle in 2019. >>>

Aerojet Rocketdyne's RS-25 flight controller passes 3rd test
26 Jul 2017 - Aerojet Rocketdyn said it successfully tested its third RS-25 engine flight controller at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The flight controller tested is slated to fly on the inaugural mission of the SLS which will propel the Orion capsule around the Moon and return it back to Earth. >>>

Neptune 1 guidance test vehicle nearing completion
26 Jul 2017 - InterOrbital Systems (IOS) said it is nearing the completion of its N1 GTV launch vehicle which incorporates the company's new high-efficiency CPM 2.0 filament-wound tank assembly, its new rocket engine gimballing system, its new CPM controller, and its new in-house developed guidance system. >>>

Two satellites integrated with Vega
25 Jul 2017 - Build-up of the lightweight Vega for Arianespace's upcoming mission to orbit twin Earth observation satellites is complete in French Guiana, with the OPTSAT-3000 and Venµs spacecraft now integrated with their launch vehicle. >>>

Rocket Crafters to design, develop and test hybrid engine
25 Jul 2017 - Rocket Crafters, Inc. (RCI) announced it has been awarded a US$542,600 research contract by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Under the terms of the agreement, RCI is tasked to build and test a large-scale hybrid rocket engine using RCI's patented Direct-Digital Advanced Rocket Technology (D-DART). >>>

CubeCab to launch 1,000 satellites for ThumbSat
25 Jul 2017 - Educational satellite company ThumbSat has agreed to launch 1,000 of its satellites on CubeCab's Cab-3A rocket family. >>>

Elon Musk expects first Falcon Heavy not to reach orbit
21 Jul 2017 - SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk has downplayed the chances of a successful inaugural flight for his Falcon Heavy space launch vehicle, admitting there is a "good chance it would not make it to orbit in its first launch." >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New General Dynamics awarded new Landsat contract
27 Jul 2017 - General Dynamics Mission Systems received a contract from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to 'fly' the current Landsat 8 mission from the existing Landsat mission operations centre at the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Seabrook, Maryland. >>>

New MDA to provide communications subsystem for Dream Chaser
27 Jul 2017 - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. announced that it has received an Authorisation to Proceed on a multi-million dollar contract from Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC). >>>

TDRS-M launch postponed
24 Jul 2017 - NASA is postponing the launch of its Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-M) after an antenna on the vehicle was somehow damaged during mission preparations over a week ago. >>>

Norwegian microsatellite deploys first-of-kind Yagi antenna
24 Jul 2017 - The Norwegian Space Centre has announced successful deployment of critical antennas and probes on the NORsat-1 and NORsat-2 microsatellites built by Canada's Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) and launched on 14 July from Kazakhstan. Most notable was deployment of a large Yagi antenna from NORsat-2 that will provide first-of-its-kind VHF Data Exchange (VDE) from space. >>>

LISA Pathfinder switched off
24 Jul 2017 - After 16 months of science measurements an international team deactivated the LISA Pathfinder satellite on the evening of 18 July 2017. The gravitational-wave laboratory in space powered down after receiving the last commands in the evening and circles the Sun on a safe parking orbit. >>>

Progress undocks from ISS, burns up in atmosphere
21 Jul 2017 - Components of the Russian Progress MS-05 cargo spacecraft that survived its reentry into the Earth's atmosphere have plunged into the Pacific Ocean, the country's mission control centre said. >>>

No decision yet on TDRS-M launch
21 Jul 2017 - NASA and Boeing are reviewing plans to safely replace an antenna on the agency's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-M). >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

New Intelsat S.A. results Q2 2017
27 Jul 2017 - Intelsat S.A. announced financial results for the three months ending 30 June 2017. >>>

The Boeing Company (Defense, Space & Security) results Q2 2017
26 Jul 2017 - The Boeing Company reported second-quarter financial results. >>>

Telesat Holdings Inc. results Q2 2017
26 Jul 2017 - Telesat Canada announced its financial results for the three month period ending 30 June 2017. >>>

DigitalGlobe, Inc. results Q2 2017
21 Jul 2017 - DigitalGlobe, Inc. reported financial results for the second quarter ending 30 June 2017. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

New Eutelsat renews long-term video capacity agreement with Digiturk
27 Jul 2017 - Eutelsat Communications and Digiturk beIN MEDIA GROUP have concluded a multi-year multi-transponder agreement on the Eutelsat 7A satellite, extending a collaboration that began in 2000 with the launch of Turkey's first pay-TV platform. >>>

ViaSat to deliver satellite communications equipment for ADF
26 Jul 2017 - ViaSat Inc. said it was selected by Northrop Grumman Corporation as a key partner in the delivery of a next-generation satellite communications (SATCOM) network to the Australian Defence Force (ADF). >>>

Hughes awarded U.S. government contract for SATCOM architecture
24 Jul 2017 - Hughes Network Systems, LLC has been awarded a Wideband Communications Architecture Study (WCAS) contract to support the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) plan for resilient, cost-effective satellite communications (SATCOM) capabilities. >>>


 NAMES Up 

Former XCOR chief test engineer joins Deep Space Industries
25 Jul 2017 - Deep Space Industries announced that Doug Jones, formerly chief test engineer at XCOR, is joining the company's team as director of propulsion systems. >>>

 

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