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LAUNCHES

Japan launches new GPS augmentation satellite
21 Aug 2017  Rocket: H-IIA No. 35; Payload: Michibiki No. 3 (QZSS-3); Date: 19 August 2017, 0529 UTC; Launch site: Tanegashima Space Center, Japan. The launch and flight proceeded as planned and the separation of the satellite was confirmed at approximately 28 minutes and 37 seconds after lift-off.
Launch vehicle for Amazonas 5 arrives at Baikonur
21 Aug 2017  The ILS Proton Launch Vehicle hardware for the Amazonas 5 launch arrived at the launch site in Baikonur via train on 18 August. The LV hardware includes the Proton, Briz M, Payload Fairing, and Ascent Unit. Launch is scheduled for September from Pad 39.
Satellites for next Ariane 5 launch undergo final checkout
21 Aug 2017  The Ariane 5 for Arianespace's ninth flight in 2017 is being readied for a 5 September lift-off, while its two satellite passengers - Intelsat's Intelsat 37e and BSAT-4a for SSL on behalf of Japan's Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT) - continue their final checkout at the French Guiana facility.
Last TDRS spacecraft launched
18 Aug 2017  Rocket: Atlas V 401/Centaur; Payload: TDRS-M; Date: 18 August 2017, 1229 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. This mission was launched into geostationary transfer orbit aboard an Atlas V 401 configuration vehicle, which includes a 4-meter extended payload fairing.
Russia launches dual-use satellite
17 Aug 2017  Rocket: Proton M/Briz M; Payload: Blagovest No. 11L; Date: 16 August 2017, 2207 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Roskosmos confirmed the Briz M upper stage released the Blagovest satellite into an on-target orbit.
New launch date for third Japanese navsat
16 Aug 2017  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and JAXA have set a new date for the launch of the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 35 (H-IIA F35) which encapsulates MICHIBIKI No. 3, Quasi-Zenith Satellite System; Geostationary Orbit Satellite, which was previously scheduled for 12 August.

LAW & ORDER

Hughes to compensate Elbit Systems for patent infringement
18 Aug 2017  Elbit Systems Ltd. confirmed that on 7 August 2017, a jury in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas found Hughes Network Systems, LLC, to have infringed one of its patent, which generally relates to high-speed satellite communications, U.S. Patent No. 6,240,073.

NAVIGATION

Two Galileo ground control centres linked
18 Aug 2017  Early in July the Inter-site links between the two Galileo Ground Control Centres in Oberpfaffenhofen (Germany) and Fucino (Italy) were declared fully functional and approved for use by the Galileo Security Accreditation Board.

SATELLITES

ORS-5 satellite prepped for launch
18 Aug 2017  With a Flight Readiness Review successfully concluded on 17 August, the U.S. Air Force's Operational Responsive Space (ORS)-5 satellite is now ready for launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Lift-off of the five-stage Orbital ATK Minotaur IV launch vehicle is scheduled for 26 August during a four-hour launch window that opens at 0315 UTC.
Russia's Space Forces assume control over new satellite
18 Aug 2017  Russian Aerospace Forces assumed control over newest military satellite, Blagovest No. 11L, launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome earlier, the Russian Defence Ministry said.
NanoRacks brings over 30 payloads to ISS
17 Aug 2017  SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft successfully berthed to the International Space Station (ISS) on 16 August. Notably on this mission was the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) and Adcole-Maryland Aerospace's Kestrel Eye IIM (KE2M) satellite.
SpaceX Dragon arrives at International Space Station
16 Aug 2017  The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft which was launched on 14 August aboard a Falcon 9 rocket has arrived at the International Space Station.
 
 

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