Summary: 28.Jun.2020 - 02.Jul.2020

LAUNCHES

New BSAT-4b delivered to French Guiana for upcoming Ariane 5 mission
02.Jul.2020 - Payload preparations for Arianespace's next mission have moved into full swing with arrival of the third satellite to be lofted on a heavy-lift Ariane 5 flight from the Spaceport in French Guiana on 28 July. >>>

New Russian Soyuz rocket to orbit 15 foreign satellites in autumn
02.Jul.2020 - A Soyuz-2.1b rocket will blast off in the autumn to deliver Russia's Gonets communications satellites into orbit along with 15 foreign space vehicles as a hosted payload, Deputy CEO of Glavkosmos commercial launch operator Vitaly Safonov was quoted as saying. >>>

Falcon 9 lofts third GPS III satellite (part II)
01.Jul.2020 - On 30 June at 2010 UTC, SpaceX's Falcon 9 successfully lifted off, carrying the U.S. Space Force's GPS III Space Vehicle 03 mission from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. >>>

Vega Flight VV16 pushed to mid-August
01.Jul.2020 - Due to the persistence of exceptionally unfavourable winds at altitude over the Guiana Space Center, Vega Flight VV16 - originally scheduled for 18 June 2020 - was repeatedly postponed, despite full availability the launcher and the 53 satellites on this Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS) mission. >>>

Falcon 9 lofts third GPS III satellite (part I)
30.Jun.2020 - Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: GPS III SV03; Date: 29 June 2020, 2010 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. The spacecraft was to be separated from the rocket's first stage about 89 minutes after lift-off (too late for this issue). >>>

Payloads for Arianespace's next Ariane 5 mission arrive
30.Jun.2020 - The two payloads that will ride together on Arianespace's upcoming Ariane 5 heavy-lift mission have arrived at the Spaceport in French Guiana to begin their pre-launch processing. >>>

Vega rideshare launch postponed indefinitely
29.Jun.2020 - As winds at altitude above the Guiana Space Center remain unfavourable, the final chronology operations for Vega's Flight VV16 mission have been suspended. >>>

Roskosmos promises cheaper Angara (again)
29.Jun.2020 - The cost of Russia's Angara rockets will be reduced before 2024 from the current sum of RUB7 billion to RUB4 billion (from US$100.3 million to US$57.3 million), according to the 2019 financial report of the Khrunichev Space Center (the Angara rocket manufacturer). >>>

Delays of the day
28.Jun.2020 - Arianespace's first rideshare flight for Europe's Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS) as well as a Falcon 9 launch of Starlink satellites have been postponed. >>>

Third GPS III satellite encapsulated in Falcon 9 payload fairing
28.Jun.2020 - The Lockheed Martin-built GPS III SV03 satellite was encapsulated within a SpaceX payload fairing at Astrotech on 21 June in preparation for its upcoming launch on 30 June from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. >>>

SATELLITES

New Airbus signs contract with Optus for OneSat
02.Jul.2020 - Airbus Defence and Space has won a contract for a fully reconfigurable telecomunications satellite from Australia's second largest telecommunications company and leading satellite operator Optus. The satellite will be based on Airbus' new standard OneSat product line and is Airbus' first contract from the Australian operator. >>>

New TAS proposals for the Copernicus project selected by ESA
02.Jul.2020 - Thales Alenia Space has recently been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) in coordination and with the agreement of the European Commission, for major Copernicus missions. >>>

New NASA awards Solar Wind Plasma Sensor (SwiPS) for SWFO-L1
02.Jul.2020 - On behalf of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NASA has awarded the Space Weather Follow On-Lagrange 1 (SWFO-L1) Solar Wind Plasma Sensor (SWiPS) contract to South West Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Texas. >>>

Airbus payload on Faraday 1 satellite
01.Jul.2020 - An Airbus developed next generation retaskable software defined radio payload, Prometheus 1, will be launched on the Faraday-1 cubesat from New Zealand on 3 July. The Faraday-1 mission is part of In Space Missions Ltd's in-orbit demonstration programme. >>>

China's last BDS satellite enters long-term operation mode
01.Jul.2020 - The newly-launched last satellite of China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) successfully entered long-term operation mode on 1 July, the Xi'an Satellite Control Center announced. >>>

Hispasat's Amazonas Nexus to host US Space Force payload
29.Jun.2020 - Hispasat has won a contract with Artel to embed the U.S. Space Force's Space and Missile Systems Center's Pathfinder 2 mission on its Amazonas Nexus Satellite, which is being built by Thales Alenia Space and expected to be launched in mid-2022. >>>

NASA awards NOAA's SWFO-L1 Spacecraft
28.Jun.2020 - On behalf of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NASA has awarded a delivery order under the Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition III (Rapid III) contract to Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. of Boulder, Colorado, for the Space Weather Follow On-Lagrange 1 (SWFO-L1) spacecraft. >>>

L3Harris wins NOAA study contracts for future satellite constellation
28.Jun.2020 - L3Harris Technologies has been selected by the U.S: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to conduct four studies which will inform the agency's next generation of Earth observation satellite architecture. The studies assess mission concepts, spacecraft and instruments. >>>

Launch of Kleos development technology beginning of July
28.Jun.2020 - Kleos Space S.A. is launching new data collecting technology (software defined radio payload) integrated in an In-Space Missions(In-Space) Faraday-1 spacecraft to be launched into a Sun-synchronous orbit from New Zealand by Rocket Lab in a week's time as part of the company's R&D programme. >>>

BUSINESS

New Maxar Technologies completes acquisition of Vricon
02.Jul.2020 - Maxar Technologies announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of 3D data and analytics firm Vricon for approximately US$140 million, or approximately US$115 million net of estimated cash at closing. >>>

FEEDS & LINKS

Viasat's real-time Earth ground station now open in Australia
01.Jul.2020 - Viasat Inc. announced the official launch of its Real-Time Earth (RTE) facility in Alice Springs, Australia. >>>

RESEARCH

New Satellite capacity market to recover from COVID-19 in 3 years - NSR
02.Jul.2020 - NSR's Global Satellite Capacity Supply and Demand, 17th Edition (GSCSD17) report finds COVID-19 having a deep, near term impact on key satellite capacity growth areas, but the industry will bounce back to 2019 revenue levels in three years. >>>