Summary: 18 Jul 2017 - 24 Jul 2017


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." >>>

Soyuz MS-05 to launch on 28 July
19 Jul 2017 - RSC Energia specialists at the Baikonur launch site have successfully completed operations to fill a manned transportation spacecraft of the new series Soyuz MS-05 with propellant components and compressed gases. >>>

SNC orders two Atlas V launches for Dream Chaser cargo system
19 Jul 2017 - Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced that it selected United Launch Alliance's (ULA's) commercially developed Atlas V rocket to launch the first two missions of its Dream Chaser cargo system in support of NASA's Cargo Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) contract. >>>

Russia to start manufacturing medium-class Proton 5
19 Jul 2017 - Russia's Progress Rocket and Space Centre is ready to manufacture new Soyuz-5 medium-class carrier rocket (a.k.a. Feniks), Progress CEO Alexander Kirilin was quoted as saying. >>>


New 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. >>>

New 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. >>>

New 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). >>>

Airbus built Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite ready for launch
20 Jul 2017 - Europe's pollution monitoring satellite Sentinel-5 Precursor is ready to leave Airbus' Stevenage site for launch on a Rokot rocket from Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia. >>>

Egyptsat-2 replacement to be launched in 2019
20 Jul 2017 - The launch of the Egyptsat-A satellite is scheduled for 2019, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Russia's RSC Energia corporation Alexander Derechin said. >>>

LM to build full-scale prototype of NASA cislunar habitat
20 Jul 2017 - Under a public-private partnership, NASA recently awarded Lockheed Martin a Phase II contract for the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) habitat study contract. >>>


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

Lockheed Martin Corporation (Space Systems) results Q2 2017
18 Jul 2017 - Lockheed Martin reported second quarter 2017 financial results. >>>


New 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. >>>

Cobham enables first commercial user of MSAT-G3 service
20 Jul 2017 - Big Bend Telephone Company, Texas/USA, has become the first commercial user of the EXPLORER MSAT-G3 system for the next generation MSAT service, which combines Cobham SATCOM's Push-to-Talk technology, the Ligado Networks SkyTerra 1 satellite and ViaSat's low-latency, IP-based L-band Mobile Satellite Services network. >>>


IAI, Honeywell Aerospace sign MoU for GPS anti-jam system
18 Jul 2017 - An advance GPS anti-jam navigation system is to be jointly developed and manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries and Honeywell Aerospace, the companies announced. >>>





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