Summary: 27.May.2020 - 02.Jun.2020

FAILURES

LauncherOne achieved 9 seconds of flight
01.Jun.2020 - Virgin Orbit has released a few details regarding the company's first LauncherOne demo mission, which ended in failure on 25 May shortly after the rocket's release from its carrier aircraft off the Californian coast. >>>

LAUNCHES

New Brazilian Space Agency offers launches from Alcântara
02.Jun.2020 - The Brazilian Space Agency has issued a public call that "aims to identify companies, national or foreign, that are interested in carrying out suborbital and orbital launch operations using the Alcântara Space Center (CEA), as well as providing information on the contractual process, including licensing processes and authorisation for space launch." >>>

Preparations resume for Vega's upcoming ride-share mission
01.Jun.2020 - The launch campaign has resumed for Arianespace's next mission, which will be the proof-of-concept flight with the Vega launcher's "ride-share" configuration - known as the Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS). >>>

Rocket Lab sets launch window for 12th Electron mission
01.Jun.2020 - Rocket Lab has resumed launch operations for its next Electron launch following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions. >>>

First Chang Zheng 11 launch from Xichang
31.May.2020 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 11; Payload: Xinjishu Shiyan-G, Xinjishu Shiyan-H; Date: 28 May 2020, 2013 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. The satellites were released into an approx. 467 km x 486 km x 35.03 degrees orbit. >>>

First crewed commercial flight to ISS
31.May.2020 - Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: Crew Dragon "Endeavour" Demo 2 ; Date: 30 May 2020, 1922 UTC; Launch site: Kennedy Space Center, USA. The crewed vessel with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley onboard docked with the International Space Station on 31 May 2020 at 1416 UTC. >>>

Chang Zheng 2D lofts two satellites
31.May.2020 - Rocket: Chang Zheng 2D; Payload: Gaofen 9, HEAD 4; Date: 31 May 2020, 0853 UTC; Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center , China. The satellites were successfully placed in an approx. 485 km x 502 km x 97.28 degrees Sun-synchronous orbit. >>>

Russian specialists to examine fuel leak at CSG
31.May.2020 - Russia's space agency will send a team of specialists to French Guiana to investigate the leak of toxic fuel from a Russian rocket stage at the Guiana Space Center (CSG). >>>

ESA, ArianeGroup, DLR test 3D-printed thrust chamber
28.May.2020 - Based on hot-fire tests of an Expander-cycle Integrated Demonstrator (ETID) that proved the technology and methods last year, ESA, ArianeGroup and DLR German Aerospace Center have built and hot-fire tested a fully additively-manufactured thrust chamber. >>>

Delay of the day: Falcon 9/Demo-2
27.May.2020 - Lift-off of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a crewed Dragon capsule was scrubbed today owing to unfavourable weather conditions. >>>

SATELLITES

New Northrop Grumman to provide missile warning satellites
02.Jun.2020 - Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a not-to-exceed US$2.37 billion undefinitised contract modification for Phase 1 of the Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared (Next-Gen OPIR) Polar programme from the United States Space Force (USSF). >>>

EDRS-C ready for service
31.May.2020 - The European Data Relay System's second satellite, EDRS-C, has completed its in-orbit commissioning review and is ready to start service. >>>

SwRI to develop lunar LASVEGAS instrument
31.May.2020 - NASA has awarded Southwest Research Institute US$3 million to develop a lunar version of its Laser Absorption Spectrometer for Volatiles and Evolved Gas (LASVEGAS) instrument. >>>

Raytheon studies space-based Real Time Imager
31.May.2020 - Raytheon Intelligence & Space is conducting a design study for Real Time Imager, or RTI, a geostationary orbit environmental imager, under a contract from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. >>>

Russia plans satellite to monitor space debris
28.May.2020 - Russia expects to launch its first special-purpose satellite to monitor space junk in the near-Earth space in 2027, according to Roskosmos Executive Director for Long-Term Programs and Science Alexander Bloshenko. >>>

UK commits new funding to combat space debris
28.May.2020 - The UK Space Agency is providing up to £1 million for organisations to come up with smart solutions to this problem by using cost effective ways to monitor objects in low Earth Orbit, or applying artificial intelligence to make better use of existing orbital data. >>>

LAW & ORDER

Bankrupt OneWeb explodes constellation
27.May.2020 - Bankrupt satellite operator OneWeb submitted a modification request to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to increase the number of satellites in its constellation up to 48,000 satellites. >>>