Summary: 05 Dec 2017 - 11 Dec 2017


New China launches Algerian communications satellite
11 Dec 2017 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 3B; Payload: Alcomsat-1; Date: 10 December 2017, 1640 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. About 26 minutes after lift-off, according to the data from Xi'an Satellite Tracking and Control Center (XSCC), the satellite was successfully separated from the launch vehicle. >>>

New Orbital ATK to build LDPE space platform
11 Dec 2017 - Orbital ATK has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force Space and Missiles Center (AFSMC) to build LDPE, or the Long Duration Propulsive Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Secondary Payload Adapter (ESPA) space platform. >>>

New SSL to provide access to space for small satellite constellation
11 Dec 2017 - SSL has partnered with a team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the University of Michigan (UM) selected by the agency to conduct a Phase A mission study under NASA's Explorers Program. >>>

New launch dates for Japanese rockets
10 Dec 2017 - JAXA has updated the launch date of the third Epsilon Launch Vehicle (Epsilon-3) which encapsulates the second Advanced Small-size Radar Satellite (ASNARO-2). >>>

Galileo quartet cleared for launch
10 Dec 2017 - The latest cluster of four Galileo spacecraft has been cleared for lift-off on 12 December at 1836:07 UTC from the Spaceport in French Guiana on Arianespace Flight VA240, using an Ariane 5 to loft these latest additions to Europe's civilian-run satellite navigation constellation. >>>

GOES-S shipped to launch site
10 Dec 2017 - The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's next weather satellite in the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite - R Series, GOES-S, left its Colorado home where it was built and is now in Florida where it will undergo preparations for launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Lockheed Martin shipped the next-generation satellite aboard an Air Force C-5M Super Galaxy cargo transport plane to its Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville, Florida. >>>

Four Galileo satellites are integrated for launch
07 Dec 2017 - Arianespace's Ariane 5 is now complete and ready for its mission next week from the Spaceport in French Guiana, which will orbit four more spacecraft to join the European Galileo constellation of navigation satellites. >>>

Delay of the day: Delta IV/NROL-47
06 Dec 2017 - The ULA Delta IV rocket carrying the NROL-47 payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office is delayed in order to perform additional validation of the software and systems associated with Common Avionics. >>>

Next Galileo launch set for 12 December
05 Dec 2017 - The next four Galileo satellites are scheduled for launch on 12 December at 1836 UTC from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana atop an Ariane 5 rocket. >>>


ALTAIR pathfinder spacecraft completes six months in orbit
07 Dec 2017 - Millennium Space Systems announced the successful completion of its ALTAIR Pathfinder mission objectives last week as the spacecraft reached its six-month milestone and 4,500 hours of successful operations in low Earth orbit. >>>

Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft departs ISS
06 Dec 2017 - Orbital ATK announced that its Cygnus spacecraft, following a stay as a part of the International Space Station, has departed from the station to begin the next phase of its mission. The "S.S. Gene Cernan" is now set to deploy a record number of cubesats in orbit before reentry into the Earth's atmosphere. >>>

JAXA, ISRO sign agreement on Joint Lunar Polar Exploration
06 Dec 2017 - Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) signed the Implementation Arrangement (IA) concerning joint study of Lunar Polar Exploration. >>>

ViaSat-2 satellite reaches geostationary orbit
05 Dec 2017 - Viasat Inc. announced the ViaSat-2 satellite has successfully arrived in geostationary orbit at 69.9° west longitude, and has transitioned into orbit normal mode (earth pointing) with its reflector and radiator deployments now complete. >>>


Peruvian Government: "Satellite investment recovered after first year"
07 Dec 2017 - PerúSAT-1 has completed its first year of operation and the Peruvian government has recently declared that in that time,the investment it has made into the satellite programme has already been recouped. >>>

Backlog for UrtheDaily constellation exceeds C$100 million
05 Dec 2017 - UrtheCast Corp. announced it has now signed binding data subscription agreements for the UrtheDaily Constellation totalling in excess of C$100 million. >>>





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