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Summary: 10 Feb 2019 - 14 Feb 2019


 LAUNCHES Up 

New PRISMA Earth observation satellite is 'fit' for Vega launch
14 Feb 2019 - The PRISMA satellite on Arianespace's upcoming Vega mission has completed a key step in its pre-launch checkout process, which will enable this Italian Earth observation platform to be orbited in mid-March from French Guiana. >>>

New NanoRacks completes 6th CubeSat deployment from Cygnus spacecraft
14 Feb 2019 - NanoRacks has successfully completed the company's sixth CubeSat deployment mission from Northrop Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft. Cygnus (S.S. John Young) departed the International Space Station on 8 February 2019 and performed a number of on-orbit activities, including a NanoRacks deployment. >>>

New NASA resumes RS-25 testing for new Space Launch System
14 Feb 2019 - NASA resumed RS-25 rocket engine testing for its new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket with a 13 February hot fire on the A-1 Test Stand at Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The hot fire marked the first RS-25 test of the year at Stennis, continuing a series with developmental engine No. 0525 that began last August. >>>

Arianespace to launch satellite deployment solution from Open Cosmos
12 Feb 2019 - Arianespace and Open Cosmos, a company providing turnkey space missions, announced that they have signed a contract for the launch of an innovative CubeSat deployment solution. >>>

Spaceflight to send its 1st rideshare mission to GTO
12 Feb 2019 - Spaceflight announced it will launch two payloads on its first rideshare mission to Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO). The mission is scheduled for no earlier than mid-February 2019 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launching from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. >>>

Pentagon to review certification of SpaceX rockets
12 Feb 2019 - The U.S. Department of Defense will evaluate the certification for SpaceX launch vehicles to determine whether the U.S. Air Force complied with certain guidelines, according to a memo. >>>

China improves Chang Zheng-6 rocket for growing commercial launches
11 Feb 2019 - China announced that it is developing a modified version of the Chang Zheng-6 rocket to add four solid boosters to increase its carrying capacity. >>>

Payloads arrive for Arianespace's 5th Soyuz mission carrying O3b satellites
10 Feb 2019 - French Guiana has welcomed the four passengers for Arianespace's second Soyuz mission in 2019, which will further expand the SES-owned O3b satellite constellation. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

NASA's Opportunity rover mission at an end after almost 15 years
13 Feb 2019 - The Opportunity rover stopped communicating with Earth when a severe Mars-wide dust storm blanketed its location in June 2018. After more than a thousand commands to restore contact, engineers in the Space Flight Operations Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) made their last attempt to revive Opportunity on 12 February, to no avail. >>>

NASA selects new mission to explore origins of universe
13 Feb 2019 - NASA has selected a new space mission that will help astronomers understand both how our universe evolved and how common are the ingredients for life in our galaxy's planetary systems. >>>

GOES-17 is now operational
13 Feb 2019 - GOES-17 is now operational as the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) GOES West satellite. >>>

Airbus, JSAT sign co-op agreement for 3rd SpaceDataHighway node
10 Feb 2019 - Airbus and Japanese telecommunications satellite operator Sky Perfect JSAT have signed a co-operation agreement for the design preparation of the EDRS-D node. This third communication node of the SpaceDataHighway system is to be positioned over the Asia-Pacific region before 2025. EDRS-D will lead to a significant increase in the system's communication capacity and considerably expand its coverage. >>>

NGC completes next critical launch milestones of NASA's JWST
10 Feb 2019 - NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Spacecraft Element (SCE) successfully completed acoustic and sine vibration testing at Northrop Grumman Corporation in Redondo Beach. >>>

Cygnus departs from ISS, embarks on 2nd part of its mission
10 Feb 2019 - Northrop Grumman Corporation announced that its Cygnus spacecraft has departed from the International Space Station after an 81-day stay during the NG-10 mission. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

New Abertis sells Hispasat stake to Red Eléctrica
14 Feb 2019 - Spanish toll road operator Abertis has agreed to sell its 89.7% stake in Hispasat to Red Eléctrica for €949 million (US$1.072 billion). Red Eléctrica (REE) manages Spain's high voltage electricity transmission lines but also operates a fibre optic network in the country. >>>

New Airbus SE results 2018
14 Feb 2019 - Airbus SE reported consolidated financial results for 2018. >>>

Airbus invests €25 million in its Ottobrunn aerospace site
11 Feb 2019 - Airbus said it is expanding its aerospace activities at its site in Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen, near Munich with the modernisation of solar array production for satellites, and with the commissioning of expanded clean rooms for optical satellite instruments. In total, the company will be investing approximately €25 million. >>>

ViaSat Inc. results Q3 FY 2019
10 Feb 2019 - Viasat announced financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2019. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

New Eutelsat to provide capacity for new Afghan DTH platform
14 Feb 2019 - Eutelsat Communications and Afghanistan Broadcasting System (ABS) have signed a multi-year, multi-transponder contract for video capacity on the Eutelsat 53A satellite. >>>

Ethiopian broadcasters take capacity on Eutelsat 8 West B
12 Feb 2019 - Eutelsat Communications has signed simultaneous multi-year contracts with the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation and the Association of Ethiopian Broadcasters for video capacity on its Eutelsat 8 West B satellite. >>>

 

 

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