Summary: 15 Oct 2018 - 21 Oct 2018


New Investigators identify responsible for botched Soyuz launch
21 Oct 2018 - Members of a Roskosmos commission and investigators have identified those who could be responsible in the damage to one of the sensing devices on board the Soyuz-FG rocket, which could have led to the failed launch of the Soyuz MS-10 manned spacecraft. >>>

Signal failure may have caused Soyuz staging problem
17 Oct 2018 - Signal failure might have occurred at the moment of separation of the first and second stages of the Soyuz-FG rocket, which triggered the safety system that aborted the launch, according to Sergey Krikalyov, Roskosmos executive director for manned programmes. >>>


New BepiColombo mission to Mercury successfully launched
21 Oct 2018 - Rocket: Ariane 5 ECA; Payload: BepiColombo; Date: 20 October 2018, 0145:28 UTC; Launch site: Kourou, French Guiana. Signals from the spacecraft, received at ESA's control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, via the New Norcia ground tracking station at 0221 UTC confirmed that the launch into its Earth escape trajectory was successful. >>>

New Delay of the day: Radarsat Constellation
21 Oct 2018 - There's been another delay in the launch of Canada's three Earth-observation satellites known as the Radarsat Constellation. >>>

New Ariane 6 Vinci engine: successful qualification tests
21 Oct 2018 - Qualification tests on the Vinci engine which will power the Ariane 6 upper stage were completed with the 148th test, which took place on 12 October 12 on the PF52 test bench at ArianeGroup's Vernon site. >>>

New Return of the Rokot in 2021?
21 Oct 2018 - The launches of the Russian Rokot-2 light carrier rockets may begin again in 2021 which would allow achieving annual incomes of over RUB8 billion (US$120 million) if the decision to resume the project is made this year. >>>

Ariane 5 has the "green light" for BepiColombo launch
18 Oct 2018 - This week's Ariane 5 flight that will send BepiColombo on its way to the planet Mercury has been approved for lift-off on 20 October (UTC) following the launch readiness review held at Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. >>>

Rocket Lab selects Wallops Flight Facility for U.S. launch site
18 Oct 2018 - US orbital launch provider Rocket Lab has confirmed it will build its first U.S. launch pad for the Electron rocket at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, USA. >>>

Atlas V launches fourth AEHF satellite
17 Oct 2018 - Rocket: Atlas V 551; Payload: AEHF-4; Date: 17 October 2018, 0415 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. The satellite successfully separated from the launch vehicle three hours and 32 minutes after lift-off. Satellite Manufacturer Lockheed Martin confirmed signal acquisition at 0747 UTC. >>>

Arianespace to launch Luxembourg's National Advanced Optical System
17 Oct 2018 - Arianespace is to launch the National Advanced Optical System (NAOS) under the term of a turnkey contract between OHB Italia and the Luxembourg's Directorate of Defence. >>>

China's navsat constellation keeps growing
15 Oct 2018 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 3B/YZ1; Payload: Beidou-3M15, Beidou-3M16 [Beidou-39, Beidou-40]; Date: 15 October 2018, 0423 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Centre, China. The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) confirmed the mission to be a success four hours later, following direct insertion of the satellites into their intended medium Earth orbits (MEO). >>>


New Update: Chandra X-ray Observatory out of safe mode
21 Oct 2018 - "Chandra remains in its normal pointing mode and has been manoeuvred to ensure the spacecraft and instruments remain at a cool operating temperature. The Flight Operations Team has completed testing and simulation of the procedures and on-board software updates that will place Chandra into a new gyroscope configuration with the gyroscope that caused the 10 October safe mode in reserve." >>>

KBRwyle to build next-gen NASA satellite laser ranging systems
16 Oct 2018 - KBR, Inc. announced that its global government services business, KBRwyle, has been awarded a US $48 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) to construct, deploy and commission the next generation Space Geodesy (SG) Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) ground systems. >>>

Chandra X-ray Observatory out of safe mode
15 Oct 2018 - The cause of Chandra's safe mode on 10 October has now been understood and the Operations team has successfully returned the spacecraft to its normal pointing mode. >>>

Kleos Space S.A. signs 2nd MoU with Airbus Defence and Space
15 Oct 2018 - Luxembourg-based Kleos Space S.A. announced the signature of a second Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus Defence and Space, as both companies investigate opportunities to collaborate for the manufacture In-Space of structural elements. >>>


TAS validates solar array technology for Stratobus
16 Oct 2018 - Thales Alenia Space announced the successful completion of static mechanical validation tests of the first full-scale photovoltaic modules specially designed for its Stratobus autonomous stratospheric airship. >>>


TAS to upgrade Galileo Mission Segment
18 Oct 2018 - ESA has awarded a new framework contract and two new work orders to Thales Alenia Space in France, to upgrade the Galileo Mission Segment (GMS) - that element of the world-wide Galileo ground segment dedicated to delivering navigation services - and the Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) near Paris, as well as to implement a second GSMC in Spain, near Madrid. >>>

Hispamar, Gilat launch satellite-based broadband service in Brazil
17 Oct 2018 - Hispamar, the Brazilian subsidiary of the Spanish satellite-based telecommunications operator Hispasat, and Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. have joined together to offer a new satellite-based broadband connectivity service, focusing on both the residential and corporate market, in order to extend Internet access to the parts of the country that are currently digitally isolated. >>>

TAS to build GNSS ground station for NOAA
15 Oct 2018 - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in United States has chosen Thales to develop and build an operational ground station in the southwest part of the country, at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, to track Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) satellites operating in medium Earth orbit (MEO). >>>



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