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LAUNCHES

China launches experimental satellite into GTO
20 Oct 2019  Rocket: Chang Zheng 3B/G2; Payload: TJS 4 [Tongxin Jishu Shiyan Weixing (TJSW-4)]; Date: 17 October 2019, 1521 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. The satellite was deployed into a 200 km x 35,810 km x 27° geostationary transfer orbit.
China's next commercial rockets to make test flights in 2020, 2021
20 Oct 2019  China will launch test flights for the next two rockets in its Smart Dragon series meant for commercial use in 2020 and 2021, Xinhua news agency reported.
Payloads for Arianespace's next two launches arrive in French Guiana
20 Oct 2019  The payloads for Arianespace's upcoming Ariane 5 and Soyuz missions have arrived at Cayenne's Félix Eboué Airport earlier this week aboard the same chartered cargo jetliner.
Boeing contracted to build more SLS rocket stages
17 Oct 2019  NASA and Boeing have initiated a contract for the production of 10 Space Launch System core stages and up to eight Exploration Upper Stages to support the third through the twelfth Artemis missions. Up to 10 additional core stages may be ordered under the contract.
Electron launches demo satellite for Astro Digital
17 Oct 2019  Rocket: Electron/Curie; Payload: Palisade; Date: 17 October 2019, 0122 UTC; Launch site: Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand. The satellites was placed into a circular 1,200 km x 87.9 degrees orbit around 71 minutes after lift-off.
Delay of the day: Electron/'As The Crow Flies'
15 Oct 2019  Rocket Lab is currently targeting no earlier than 17 October 2019, 0000 UTC for the launch of Rocket Lab's 9th mission, 'As The Crow Flies.'
Firefly Black, LLC receives USAF Orbital Services Program award
15 Oct 2019  Firefly Black, LLC announced its selection by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center's Small Launch and Targets Division as a launch service provider for the Orbital Services Program-4 Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract.

SATELLITES

Airbus built Solar Orbiter heads for Florida
20 Oct 2019  Solar Orbiter, the European Space Agency's (ESA) flagship mission to study the Sun has completed all tests and is set to be flown to Cape Canaveral ready for its launch in February 2020.
Second Van Allen Probe to be shut down
17 Oct 2019  Originally slated for a two-year mission, the second of the twin Van Allen Probes spacecraft will be retired just prior to running out of propellant, more than seven years after launch.
TAS starts construction of new facilities in Spain
16 Oct 2019  Thales Alenia Space has started construction of a new clean room. The construction works will span for a little less than a year. Once finished, the company will have the capacity to pursue high complexity activities such as the integration of the telecommunication payloads for Spain's next generation governmental satellites Spainsat NG and other large systems in the field of Earth observation and science instruments.
ESA reports on ExoMars parachute progress
15 Oct 2019  The European Space Agency said that positive steps towards solving the problems discovered with the ExoMars mission parachutes have been taken in the last month to keep on track for the July-August 2020 launch window.
 
 

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