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Summary: 18 Sep 2018 - 24 Sep 2018


 LAUNCHES Up 

H-IIB finally lifts off with HTV7 on board
23 Sep 2018 - Rocket: H-IIB; Payload: H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI7" (HTV7); Date: 22 September 2018, 1752 UTC; Launch site: Tanegashima Space Center, Japan. A little more than 15 minutes after launch, the unpiloted HTV-7 cargo spacecraft successfully separated from the rocket and began its four-and-a-half day approach to the International Space Station. >>>

Ariane 5 cleared for 100th launch on 25 September
23 Sep 2018 - Arianespace's upcoming mission from the Spaceport in French Guiana - which will mark the heavy-lift Ariane 5's 100th launch - has been cleared for lift-off next week with a dual-satellite payload. >>>

Northrop Grumman tests new rocket motor for Atlas V
23 Sep 2018 - Northrop Grumman Corporation recently conducted its first ground test of a 160-cm diameter Graphite Epoxy Motor (GEM 63) in Promontory, Utah. Utilising advanced technologies, the company developed this new rocket motor for use on the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V launch vehicle. >>>

HTV7 launch again delayed by bad weather
20 Sep 2018 - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have postponed the launch of the H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 7 (H-IIB F7) which carries aboard the H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI7" (HTV7). >>>

Arianespace to launch KOMPSAT-7
20 Sep 2018 - Arianespace has been selected by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute to launch KOMPSAT-7. Using a Vega C launcher, the mission will be conducted from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, from December 2021. >>>

Rocket Lab signs launch contract for Kleos Space constellation
20 Sep 2018 - US orbital launch provider Rocket Lab has signed a contract with Luxembourg-based satellite technology company Kleos Space to launch the scouting mission satellites that will geolocate maritime radio to guard borders, protect assets and save lives. >>>

China launches twin BeiDou-3 satellites
19 Sep 2018 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 3b/ZY-1; Payload: Beidou-3M13, Beidou-3M14 [Beidou-37, Beidou-38]; Date: 19 September 2018, 1407 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. The satellites were successfully deployed approx. four hours after lift-off. >>>

New launch date set for KOUNOTORI7
19 Sep 2018 - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have updated launch schedule of the H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 7 (H-IIB F7) which carries aboard the H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI7" (HTV7), the cargo transporter to the International Space Station (ISS). >>>

Chang Zheng-9 to fly in 2028
19 Sep 2018 - China plans to launch the heavy-lift carrier rocket Chang Zheng-9 in 2028, an official of China National Space Administration (CNSA) was quoted as saying. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New Three Earth Explorer ideas selected by ESA
24 Sep 2018 - Three new ideas have been chosen to compete as the tenth Earth Explorer mission. The decision follows the release of a call for ideas in September 2017. >>>

New DigitalGlobe to create geospatial cloud analytics hub for DARPA
24 Sep 2018 - DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company, announced that it has been awarded a contract valued at US$3.2 million by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to provide an unclassified environment with multi-source content for geospatial cloud analytics. >>>

JAXA lands hopping robots on asteroid Ryugu
23 Sep 2018 - A pair of robot rovers have landed on an asteroid and begun a survey, Japan's space agency JAXA said, as it conducts a mission aiming to shed light on the origins of the solar system. The rover mission marks the world's first moving, robotic observation of an asteroid surface. >>>

Airbus wins ESA studies for future human base in lunar orbit
20 Sep 2018 - The European Space Agency (ESA) has commissioned Airbus for two studies for possible European involvement in the future human base in lunar orbit. The Gateway, previously known as the Deep Space Gateway (DSG) or Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway (LOP-G), is a project involving the US, Russian, Canadian, Japanese and European space agencies (NASA, Roskosmos, CSA, JAXA and ESA). >>>

GLONASS constellation now has 23 operational satellites
20 Sep 2018 - Russia's navigation satellite GLONASS-M number 754 has been withdrawn from the orbital group, which now consists of 23 operational satellites. >>>

RemoveDEBRIS space junk net capture success
19 Sep 2018 - RemoveDEBRIS began its experimental phase of its mission on 16 September with the deployment of the net to capture a deployed target cubesat. >>>

Horizons 3e and Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38 pre-launch details
18 Sep 2018 - For its sixth launch of the year, Arianespace will orbit two telecommunications satellites using an Ariane 5 from the Guiana Space Center (CSG): Horizons 3e, installed as the upper passenger, for Intelsat and its partner Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation; along with Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38, as the lower passenger, for Azercosmos and Intelsat. >>>

ISRO to launch three more satellites
18 Sep 2018 - ISRO will launch three more satellites to provide high-speed bandwidth connectivity to rural areas as part of the government's Digital India programme, an official was quoted as saying. >>>

ESA chooses TAS to support Sentinel 2A and 2B data processing
18 Sep 2018 - Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to provide operations, maintenance and upgrade services for the Payload Data Ground Segment (PDGS) supporting the Sentinel 2A and 2B Earth observation satellites. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

New GHGSAT raises US$10 million in financing
24 Sep 2018 - GHGSat, a company providing global emissions monitoring services, announced a US$10 million Series A2 financing led by OGCI Climate Investments. Building on GHGSat's pioneering achievements in detecting and quantifying greenhouse gas emissions from industrial facilities around the world, the company will use the new capital to accelerate commercialisation efforts, expand its custom analytics services for its growing customer base, as well as fund the launch of an additional GHGSat satellite. >>>

New UrtheCast announces signing of new US$25 million contract
24 Sep 2018 - UrtheCast Corp announced that it has signed a binding contract for US$25 million to provide data from the company's planned UrtheDaily Constellation to a long-established commercial Earth Observation operator and value-added services provider on the Indian subcontinent. >>>


 FEEDS & LINKS Up 

AsiaSat gets 2nd U.S. patent
23 Sep 2018 - Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited has received its second patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), titled, "Methods and Systems for Improving Spectrum Utilisation for Satellite Communications" (US Patent No. 10,050,698 B2). >>>

 

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