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BUSINESS

Northrop Grumman to acquire Orbital ATK for US$9.2 billion
18 Sep 2017  Northrop Grumman Corporation and Orbital ATK, Inc. announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Northrop Grumman will acquire Orbital ATK for approximately US$7.8 billion in cash, plus the assumption of US$1.4 billion in net debt.
TAS, Telespazio, Spaceflight Industries to co-operate
15 Sep 2017  The Space Alliance, formed by Thales Alenia Space (Thales 67%, Leonardo 33%) and Telespazio (Leonardo 67%, Thales 33%), today signed a partnership with the US-based company Spaceflight Industries.

FEEDS & LINKS

Bell Canada takes up Telstar 19 VANTAGE HTS capacity
15 Sep 2017  Telesat announced that Bell Canada has signed a 15-year contract for substantially all of the HTS spot beam capacity over northern Canada on Telesat's new Telstar 19 VANTAGE satellite.

LAUNCHES

New launch date for U.S. spy satellite
18 Sep 2017  United Launch Alliance said that everything is progressing toward the ULA Atlas V NROL-42 launch.
First Ariane 6 contract
14 Sep 2017  Arianespace will launch four new satellites for the Galileo constellation, using two Ariane 62 versions of the next-generation Ariane 6 rocket from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana.

SATELLITES

Lockheed Martin announces new family of satellite buses
19 Sep 2017  Lockheed Martin debuted a new family of satellite buses from nanosats to high-powered satellites. The company said the lineup incorporates dozens of major enhancements and hundreds of common components that speed production and reduce cost.
SSL to help USAF test, validate scenarios for hosting payloads
19 Sep 2017  SSL announced it was selected by Innoflight, Inc., a business specialising in electronics systems for Defense & Aerospace, to provide a high fidelity simulation environment for testing the security of hosted payloads on commercial satellites.
Hibernation over, New Horizons continues its Kuiper Belt cruise
18 Sep 2017  NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has exited from a five-month hibernation period as scheduled.
Cassini de-orbited
15 Sep 2017  NASA's Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn on 15 September 2017 as planned, ending its 13-year tour of the planet.
GRACE mission making plans for final science data collection
15 Sep 2017  lites almost out of fuel after more than 15 years of chasing each other around our planet to measure Earth's ever-changing gravity field, the operations team for the U.S./German Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission is making plans for an anticipated final science collection.
MDA to provide subsystems for Korean lunar exploration programme
15 Sep 2017  MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. announced that it has signed a contract valued in excess of C$7 million with the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI).
Two new satellites expand U.S. space situational awareness
14 Sep 2017  TheU.S. Air Force has accepted two new satellites into operation 12 September to expand their Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program's ability to characterise and track objects in space to support a neighbourhood watch out in orbit.
 
 

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