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ThinKom unveils new multi-beam gateway solution
19 Aug 2019  ThinKom Solutions introduced a new gateway concept, which the company describes as an "array of arrays" that will provide a superior alternative to the large "antenna farms" of parabolic dishes currently used for support of geostationary (GEO) satellites.

LAUNCHES

Electron lofts four smallsats
19 Aug 2019  Rocket: Electron/Curie; Payload: Breizh Reconnaissance Orbiter 1 (BRO-1), Global-4, 2 x Pearl White; Date: 19 August 1212 UTC); Launch site: Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand. All four satellites were successfully deployed.
First commercial Smart Dragon rocket successfully launched
18 Aug 2019  Rocket: Smart Dragon-1 (SD-1, Jielong 1); Payload: three microsats; Date: 17 August 2018, 0411 UTC, Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China. The three satellites were placed into the targeted orbit. They will be used for remote sensing services, communication and Internet of Things.
Smart Dragon to fly this year
15 Aug 2019  China's Smart Dragon-1 (SD-1) rocket will carry a satellite developed by a commercial Chinese space company in its upcoming launch, the Beijing Daily reported.
Space and Missile Systems Center releases OSP-4 solicitation
15 Aug 2019  The U.S. Air Force's Rocket Systems Launch Program Office, part of the Space and Missile Systems Center's Launch Enterprise, has released a solicitation for the Orbital Services Program-4 Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract.
SNC selects ULA for Dream Chaser spacecraft launches
14 Aug 2019  Sierra Nevada Corporation has selected United Launch Alliance (ULA) as the launch vehicle provider for the Dream Chaser spacecraft's six NASA missions to the International Space Station. The Dream Chaser will launch aboard ULA's Vulcan Centaur rockets for its cargo resupply and return services to the space station, starting in 2021.
Soyuz MS-14 mated with transfer compartment
14 Aug 2019  At the Baikonur cosmodrome, preparations are continuing for the test launch of the Soyuz MS-14 transport spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a Soyuz-2.1a.

SATELLITES

Ekspress-AMU7 readies for repeater installation
19 Aug 2019  ISS-Reshetnev Company has completed building and already sent to its European partner - Thales Alenia Space - a payload module structure for the Ekspress-AMU7 satellite.
NASA selects smallsat demo proposals
15 Aug 2019  NASA has selected two proposals to demonstrate small satellite technologies to improve science observations in deep space, which could help NASA develop better models to predict space weather events that can affect astronauts and spacecraft.
Chandrayaan-2 successfully enters Lunar Transfer Trajectory
14 Aug 2019  The final orbit raising manoeuvre of Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was successfully carried out on 13 August 2019 at 2051 UTC. During this manoeuvre, the spacecraft's liquid engine was fired for about 1203 seconds. With this, Chandrayaan-2 entered the Lunar Transfer Trajectory. Earlier, the spacecraft's orbit was progressively increased five times during 23 July to 06 August 2019.
 
 

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