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Summary: 17 Mar 2017 - 23 Mar 2017


 LAUNCHES Up 

New Ariane 5 launch indefinitely postponed amid social unrest
23 Mar 2017 - As social unrest in French Guiana appears to be escalating, Arianespace has indefinitely called of the launch of an Ariane 5 SGDC and Koreasat-7 satellites. >>>

Cygnus launch aboard Atlas V now indefinitely on hold
22 Mar 2017 - The launch of the ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the OA-7 Cygnus spacecraft for Orbital ATK and NASA has been postponed indefinitely. >>>

Update - Ariane 5/SGDC, Koreasat-7
22 Mar 2017 - At the time of writing this, the upcoming Ariane 5 launch with the SGDC and Koreasat-7 satellites remained scheduled for 23 March (UTC). >>>

Delay of the day I: Ariane 5/SGDC, Koreasat-7
21 Mar 2017 - Arianespace said the second Ariane 5 launch of 2017 has been rescheduled for 23 March as continuation of the social movement in French Guiana has prevented today's transfer of the heavy-lift vehicle to its ELA-3 launch zone. >>>

Delay of the day II: Atlas V/OA-7
21 Mar 2017 - The ULA Atlas V 401 rocket carrying the OA-7 Cygnus spacecraft for Orbital ATK and NASA is now scheduled to launch no earlier than 27 March (UTC). >>>

Delta IV launches military communications satellite
20 Mar 2017 - Rocket: Delta IV; Payload: Wideband Global SATCOM 9 (WGS-9) ; Date: 19 March 2017, 0018 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. The satellite was deployed into a super-synchronous transfer orbit as planned. >>>

New Japanese spy satellite in orbit
17 Mar 2017 - Rocket: H-IIA; Payload: IGS Radar 5; Date: 17 March 2017, 0120 UTC; Launch site: Tanegashima Space Center, Japan. The reconnaissance satellite was successfully placed in orbit. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New China to launch improved FY-III satellite this year
23 Mar 2017 - China will launch a new polar-orbiting meteorological satellite in the second half of this year, which will be capable of detecting auroras, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) announced. >>>

Lockheed Martin-built SBIRS-3 satellite transmitting images
22 Mar 2017 - The third Lockheed Martin-built Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) satellite recently sent its first images back down to Earth. >>>

Teledyne to supply infrared detectors for mission to Jupiter
21 Mar 2017 - Teledyne Technologies Incorporated announced that its subsidiary, Teledyne Scientific & Imaging, LLC (TS&I), was awarded a US$9.98 million contract from the French Space Agency, the Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES), to provide infrared detectors and electronics for the European Space Agency JUICE mission to Jupiter. >>>

Dragon cargo vessel back on Earth
20 Mar 2017 - SpaceX's Dragon cargo craft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 1446 UTC, about 320 km southwest of Long Beach, California, marking the end of the company's tenth contracted cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station for NASA. >>>

Kratos to support Yahsat satellite fleet
20 Mar 2017 - Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. announced that Yahsat has selected Kratos to support its expanding satellite fleet with command and control (C2), signal monitoring and data analysis solutions. >>>

SGDC, Koreasat-7 pre-launch details
17 Mar 2017 - Arianespace's dual-payload mission to orbit telecommunications satellites for Brazil and South Korea has been given the go-ahead for a lift-off from the Spaceport in French Guiana on 21 March, carrying the SGDC and Koreasat-7 relay platforms. >>>

ExoMars: science checkout completed, aerobraking begins
17 Mar 2017 - The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has completed another set of important science calibration tests before a year of aerobraking gets underway. >>>


 LAW & ORDER Up 

New SSL sues Orbital over data breach
23 Mar 2017 - Space Systems/Loral is suing Orbital ATK over an alleged theft of proprietary data and business plans for in-space satellite servicing technology. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

Rocket Lab raises additional US$75 million for Electron rocket
21 Mar 2017 - Rocket Lab, a private American-New Zealand space company, announced closing a Series D financing round of US$75 million. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

SES and Intersat to provide Internet connectivity across Africa
21 Mar 2017 - SES and Intersat announced that they have signed a multi-year agreement to deliver Internet services across Africa. >>>

 

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