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BUSINESS

MDA may buy DigitalGlobe
17 Feb 2017  MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. is in talks to buy DigitalGlobe Inc. for about US$2 billion to US$3 billion, Dow Jones reported, citing sources.

LAUNCHES

Dragon cargo vessel heading to the ISS
20 Feb 2017  Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: Dragon/CRS-10; Date: 19 February 2017, 1439 UTC; Launch site: Kennedy Space Center, USA. About 2,475 kg of research equipment, cargo and supplies are packed into the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft that is now in Earth orbit and headed to the International Space Station.
ISRO successfully tests cryogenic stage for flight duration
20 Feb 2017  The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully tested its indigenously developed Cryogenic Upper Stage (CUS) for GSLV MkIII on 17 February 2017.
Vega and Sentinel-2B are readied for launch on 6 March
20 Feb 2017  Arianespace's third flight of 2017 is moving into the final phase of preparations, with the lightweight Vega launcher's basic assembly completed and its Sentinel-2B Earth observation satellite encapsulated for lift-off on 6 March from the Spaceport in French Guiana.
Electron arrives at Rocket Lab launch complex 1
16 Feb 2017  Rocket Lab delivered its first Electron vehicle to Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 marking the beginning of pre-flight checkouts.
Kepler contracts Innovative Space Logistics for inaugural mission
16 Feb 2017  Kepler Communications has contracted Innovative Space Logistics to manifest their first launch on-board an Indian polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV), scheduled to launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in November 2017.

SATELLITES

Boeing to build JCSAT-18/Kacific-1 satellite
21 Feb 2017  Boeing will build a 702 satellite to expand communication for mobile telephone, data and Internet users throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
MDA to provide antenna subsystems for Eutelsat-5WB
21 Feb 2017  MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. has received an Authorisation to Proceed from Airbus Defence and Space for the provision of multiple communication antenna subsystems to be integrated into the Eutelsat-5WB communication satellite.
Airbus to develop payload, ground segment for MERLIN
17 Feb 2017  Airbus Defence and Space has signed a contract with Space Administration at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) to develop and build all components of the German contribution to the German-French Earth observation mission MERLIN.
NASA's Juno mission to remain in current orbit at Jupiter
17 Feb 2017  NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter, which has been in orbit around the gas giant since 4 July 2016, will remain in its current 53-day orbit for the remainder of the mission. This will allow Juno to accomplish its science goals, while avoiding the risk of a previously-planned engine firing that would have reduced the spacecraft's orbital period to 14 days.
NASA's TDRS-M satellite begins final testing
16 Feb 2017  The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) project has begun final testing on a new satellite that will replenish NASA's Space Network. The spacecraft is scheduled to launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on 3 August 2017, on an Atlas V rocket.
 
 

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