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Summary: 14 Nov 2017 - 20 Nov 2017


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New 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." >>>

Delay of the day: Delta II/JPSS-1 (again)
14 Nov 2017 - The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta II carrying the JPSS-1 mission for NASA and NOAA was scrubbed today due to a red range and a late launch vehicle alarm. >>>

TAS to supply telemetry transmitter for Ariane 6
14 Nov 2017 - Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with ArianeGroup, prime contractor and design authority of Ariane 6, to design, develop, qualify and manufacture the telemetry transmitter of the new European launcher. >>>

Roskosmos to receive new engine's final design in November
14 Nov 2017 - Russia's State Space Corporation Roskosmos will receive the final design of a new RD-171MV engine intended for the first stage of the Soyuz-5 rocket until the end of the year, Head of Energomash Scientific and Production Association Igor Arbuzov was quoted as saying. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New 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. >>>

New 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. >>>

Cygnus completes rendezvous and berthing with ISS
14 Nov 2017 - Orbital ATK announced that the recently launched Cygnus spacecraft successfully completed its rendezvous and berthing manoeuvres with the International Space Station. This marks the company's eighth successful berthing with the orbiting laboratory. >>>

 

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