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Summary: 20 Apr 2017 - 26 Apr 2017


 LAUNCHES Up 

New Arianespace missions scheduled for May and June
26 Apr 2017 - The Spaceport in French Guiana has resumed its pace for Arianespace's busy 2017 mission manifest, with operations recommencing for the three subsequent launches - using two Ariane 5s and one Soyuz. >>>

Arianespace expected to resume launch activities soon
24 Apr 2017 - The Kourou spaceport in French Guiana can resume its operations after French and French Guianese officials signed an "Accord de Guyane" agreement, thus likely ending the social unrest that has disrupted public life and delayed rocket launches. >>>

Ariane 6 passes new milestone
21 Apr 2017 - Airbus Safran Launchers said the company and its industrial partners have passed a major milestone in the development of Ariane 6, under contract with the European Space Agency (ESA). >>>

Soyuz spacecraft completes fast-track trip to ISS
20 Apr 2017 - Rocket: Soyuz-FG; Payload: Soyuz MS-04; Date: 20 April 2017, 0713 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The manned transport spacecraft was accurately placed on the target orbit for another mission to the International Space Station. >>>

Chin lofts first space cargo vessel
20 Apr 2017 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 7; Payload: Tianzhou 1; Date: 20 April 2017, 1141 UTC; Launch site: Wenchang Space Launch Center, China. Tianzhou-1 is the first cargo ship developed by China Academy of Space Technology (CAST). >>>

India to launch disaster relief satellite for South Asia
20 Apr 2017 - The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch the GSAT-9 communication satellite, also known as South Asia satellite, aboard a GSLV rocket on 5 May from Sriharikota. >>>

Arianespace to launch Horizons 3e
20 Apr 2017 - Arianespace announced that it will launch Horizons 3e, a satellite belonging to the Horizons joint venture owned by Intelsat and Sky Perfect JSAT. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

GSAT-9 pre-launch details
25 Apr 2017 - The launch of India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F09) carrying GSAT-9 [aka South Asia Satellite], is scheduled on Friday, 5 May 2017 at 1127 UTC. >>>

Cassini completes final Titan flyby
25 Apr 2017 - NASA's Cassini probe is beginning its final set of 22 orbits around Saturn after the spacecraft made its 127th and final close approach to Titan on 21 April, passing at an altitud1e of about 979 kilometers above the moon's surface. >>>

Cygnus successfully completes rendezvous and berthing with ISS
24 Apr 2017 - Orbital ATK announced that its Cygnus spacecraft successfully completed rendezvous and berthing with the International Space Station. Known as OA-7, the mission marks the company's seventh cargo delivery mission under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-1) contract. Also on board are 38 small satellites. >>>

MUOS-5 legacy UHF payload operational
24 Apr 2017 - The fifth Lockheed Martin-built Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-5) satellite is now delivering secure, beyond-line-of-sight communications to troops with legacy Ultra High Frequency (UHF) radios. >>>

Aerojet Rocketdyne completes MR-104J qualification tests
24 Apr 2017 - Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. has successfully completed hot-fire qualification tests of an engine that demonstrates the ability to meet reusability requirements for Boeing's Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner crew module propulsion system. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

Lockheed Martin Corporation (Space Systems) results Q1 2017
25 Apr 2017 - Lockheed Martin reported financial results for the first quarter 2017. >>>

Intelsat extends debt exchange on OneWeb deal
21 Apr 2017 - Intelsat has extended the deadline for investors to swap their bonds in the company for several weeks, seeking to keep its merger with OneWeb alive. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

Intelsat extends agreement with Starz
21 Apr 2017 - Intelsat S.A. announced that media and entertainment company Starz has extended its commitment for distribution services in the U.S. on the Intelsat Galaxy satellites. >>>

SES launches Rapid Response Vehicle
20 Apr 2017 - SES announced its new government product Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV), a SATCOM-enabled platform capable of providing high-speed connectivity and global communications services tailored to a broad range of commercial, civil, humanitarian and defence missions around the world. >>>

 

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