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Summary: 17 Jan 2017 - 22 Jan 2017


 FAILURES Up 

Galileo navsats plagued by clock failures
18 Jan 2017 - Europe's Galileo navigation satellite system is suffering from clocks failing onboard a number of satellites at an alarming rate. None of the 18 spacecraft launched so far had to be declared a total loss, but the project may experience further delays as the cause of the failures is being investigated, ESA director general Jan Woerner was quoted as saying. >>>


 LAUNCHES Up 

New Atlas V lofts early warning satellite
22 Jan 2017 - Rocket: Atlas V 401; Payload: SBIRS GEO Flight 3; Date: 21 January 2017, 0042 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. The satellite responded to commands as planned, approximately 37 minutes after lift-off. >>>

New Launch date set for Japanese XC-band satellite
22 Jan 2017 - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and JAXA announce the launch schedule of the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 32 with X-band defence communication satellite-2 (DSN-2, Kirameki-2). >>>

Delay of the day: Atlas V/SBIRS GEO Flight 3
20 Jan 2017 - The launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V carrying the SBIRS GEO Flight 3 mission was scrubbed today due to a violation of Eastern Range safety criteria. >>>

First Soyuz launch to GTO from French Guiana
19 Jan 2017 - For its year-opening launch of 2017, Arianespace will orbit the Hispasat 36W-1 geostationary satellite for the Spanish operator Hispasat using a Soyuz launch vehicle. >>>

Delay of the day: GSLV Mk-III/GSAT-19
19 Jan 2017 - ISRO has postponed the launch of its GSLV Mk-III to allow time for additional testing of the vehicle. The rocket will either be launched in March or April after completing the tests. >>>

Preparations begin for next Vega launch
18 Jan 2017 - Activity for Arianespace's initial mission in 2017 with the lightweight Vega is fully underway in French Guiana, where the launch vehicle's build-up is starting and its Sentinel-2B payload has begun the pre-flight checkout process in preparation for an early March lift-off. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

Airbus ready to ship Aeolus for final testing
20 Jan 2017 - Aeolus, the European Space Agency's wind sensing satellite, is leaving Stevenage, UK, in the next few days on the first part of its journey to space. It will be shipped to Toulouse, France, for final testing before it travels to French Guiana towards the end of the year ready for launch on a Vega launcher. >>>

China's quantum communication satellite delivered for use
19 Jan 2017 - China's quantum communication satellite, launched last August, is officially operational after four months of in-orbit testing, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said Wednesday. >>>

China to launch electromagnetic monitoring satellite
19 Jan 2017 - China will launch a satellite in the second half of 2017 to gather electromagnetic data that may be used in monitoring and forecasting earthquakes. >>>

Raytheon completes another GPS OCX test
18 Jan 2017 - Raytheon said it reached another milestone in developing the U.S. Air Force Global Positioning System Next-Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX, with the completion of the Factory Qualification Test of the Launch and Checkout System (LCS). >>>

UrtheCast to sell, operate two satellites in OptiSAR constellation
17 Jan 2017 - UrtheCast Corp. has entered into a binding agreement with a confidential government customer for the sale and shared operation of the first two satellites in the OptiSAR Constellation, the world's first commercial EO constellation with integrated optical and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) sensors, for US$180 million. >>>

Iridium NEXT hosted payloads
17 Jan 2017 - The recently launched Iridium NEXT satellites carry hosted payloads that will track planes and ships. Here are a few details. >>>


 PLATFORMS Up 

Masdar, Thales to develop Stratobus applications
17 Jan 2017 - Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university in the United Arab Emirates, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Thales/Thales Alenia Space and French engineering university MINES ParisTech to develop applications for the Stratobus drone-satellite hybrid airship. >>>


 LAW & ORDER Up 

ABS issued operator licenses for Papua New Guinea
17 Jan 2017 - ABS announced it has been granted the Network, Applications and Gateway Operator licenses to serve Papua New Guinea (PNG) from the National Information and Communications Technology Authority (NICTA). The licenses awarded will allow ABS to operate as a telecom operator as well as a satellite service provider. >>>

 

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