Summary: 14 Sep 2021 - 20 Sep 2021

LAUNCHES

NewChinese cargo vessel launches with space station
20 Sep 2021 - Rocket: Chang Zheng-7 Y4; Payload: Tianzhou-3; Date: 20 September 2021, 0710 UTC; Launch site: Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site, China. The Tianzhou-3 cargo spacecraft has meanwhile successfully docked to the Tianhe basic module of China's space station. >>>

#CMSA #Chang Zheng 7 #Mengtian #Shenzhou #Tianhe #Tianzhou #Wentian


South Korea working on solid propellant engine
19 Sep 2021 - South Korea's Institute for Defense Analyses managed to carry out successful firing tests of a solid-propellant engine for a new space launch vehicle recently, paving way for commercial launches of this type of rockets to start as early as in 2024, the defence ministry said. >>>

#KSLV #Naro


SpaceX helps billionaire spend three days in orbit
16 Sep 2021 - Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: Crew Dragon ("Inspiration4"); Date: 16 September 2021, 0002 UTC; Launch site: Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA. The crewed capsule was deployed into a 569 km x 580 km x 51.64 degrees orbit. >>>

#Crew Dragon #Falcon 9 #SpaceX


Delay of the day: Atlas V/Landsat 9
16 Sep 2021 - NASA and United Launch Alliance currently are reviewing the launch date for the Landsat 9 spacecraft scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, USA. >>>

#Atlas V #Landsat #ULA #USGS


Exolaunch to launch Strix-1 for Synspective in 2022
16 Sep 2021 - Synspective Inc., a SAR satellite data and analytic solution provider, announced an agreement with Exolaunch to launch Synspective's third demonstration SAR satellite StriX-1 on a Soyuz-2 launch vehicle in mid-2022. >>>

#Exolaunch #SAR #Synspective


ABL Space selected for NASA Cryogenic Demonstration Mission
16 Sep 2021 - ABL Space Systems announced that is has been selected as the launch provider for the NASA Cryogenic Demonstration Mission. Developed under a NASA Tipping Point contract awarded in 2020, the Cryogenic Demonstration Mission will launch in 2023 and demonstrate in-space transfer of cryogenic liquid hydrogen (LH2). >>>

#ABL Space Systems #GS0 #Lockheed Martin #RS1


Soyuz lifts off with more OneWeb satellites (part II)
15 Sep 2021 - OneWeb confirmed its successful launch of 34 satellites by Arianespace from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. This latest successful launch brings OneWeb's total in-orbit constellation to 322 satellites, nearly half of OneWeb's entire 648 LEO satellite fleet. >>>

#Airbus #Arianespace #Glavkosmos #OneWeb #RUAG #Soyuz #Starsem


Soyuz lifts off with more OneWeb satellites (part I)
14 Sep 2021 - Rocket: Soyuz-2.1b/Fregat; Payload: 34 OneWeb satellites; Date: 14 September 2021, 1807 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The rocket lifted off as planned, and the satellites were to be deployed into a near-polar orbit at an altitude of 450 kilometers. >>>

#Arianespace #Fregat #OneWeb #Soyuz 2.1b #Starsem


SpaceX launches first batch of Starlink satellites
14 Sep 2021 - Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: 51 Starlink satellites (Group 2-1); Date: 14 September 2021, 0355 UTC; Launch site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, USA. SpaceX confirmed the successful satellite separation into a transfer orbit about 26 minutes after lift-off. >>>

#Falcon 9 #ISL #SpaceX #Starlink


SATELLITES

NewSDA approves L3Harris design plans for new missile tracking satellites
20 Sep 2021 - L3Harris Technologies has accomplished a key milestone in the development of a missile tracking satellite prototype for the U.S. Space Development Agency (SDA). >>>

#L3Harris Technologies #SDA #hypersonic


SSTL signs up ESA as anchor customer for Lunar Pathfinder
16 Sep 2021 - The European Space Agency (ESA) has signed a contract with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) for communications services from Lunar Pathfinder, due to launch in 2024. >>>

#Lunar Pathfinder #SSTL #UHF


Northrop Grumman to develop LEO satellite payload for DARPA
16 Sep 2021 - The U.S Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Blackjack programme has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a contract for Phase 2 development of an advanced, software-defined positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) payload, with options to build units destined for space flight. >>>

#Blackjack #DARPA #GNSS #Northrop Grumman #PNT


Spaceflight Inc. announces first lunar and GEO rideshare mission
15 Sep 2021 - Spaceflight Inc. announced a cislunar rideshare mission: "GEO Pathfinder." As a secondary payload on board Intuitive Machines' IM-2 South Pole Mission, Spaceflight will execute rideshare deployments in trans-lunar orbit, low-lunar orbit and beyond to geosynchronous equatorial orbit (GEO). >>>

#Falcon 9 #Intuitive Machines #Orbit Fab #Sherpa #SpaceX #Spaceflight #cislunar


MDA awarded contract forJAXA's Martian Moons Exploration mission
14 Sep 2021 - MDA Ltd. announced that it has been awarded the full contract from MELCO (Mitsubishi Electric Corporation) in Japan to provide a Laser Rangefinder (LRF) altimeter for the JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) MMX (Martian Moons eXploration) mission. >>>

#Deimos #MDA #MELCO #MMX #Mars #Phobos


BUSINESS

Spire Global to acquire exactEarth
14 Sep 2021 - Spire Global, Inc. announced that the companies have entered into a definitive arrangement agreement under which Spire will acquire exactEarth for approximately US$161.2 million (C$204.2 million) in cash and stock, which is approx. 9.1 times the company's revenue over the last 12 months. >>>

#AIS #Spire Global #exactEarth


ANALYSIS

NewSatellite project with Chinese backing running into trouble – report
20 Sep 2021 - There is growing concern about the backers of a Sino-German satellite project, reports Süddeutsche Zeitung. Much of the money needed and parts of the technology are said to come from state-controlled companies in China, which also have links to the country's People's Army. Critics fear that the Chinese government is using the project to create another technological bridgehead in Europe and is pursuing hegemonic or military interests – an accusation that project participants reject. >>>

#Belgacom #Chang Zheng 6 #Electron #GMS Zhaopin #ITU #KLEO Connect #Kaskilo Connect #Kayser-Threde #LeoSat #O3b #OHB #SAIL #SECM #SES #SSSI #Trion Space


FEEDS & LINKS

NewTelespazio's broadband solution on board the Leonardo SW-4 SOLO drone
20 Sep 2021 - For the first time ever, a Leonardo rotary-wing aerial platform will be equipped with a satellite system built by Telespazio. The remotely piloted helicopter SW-4 SOLO will have a broadband connection supplied by Telespazio thanks to a through-the-rotor system, a project financed by national and international organisations. >>>

#Eutelsat #Hughes Network Systems #Leonardo #Telespazio