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BUSINESS

SES and ESA set up new government satcom platform
21 Nov 2017  SES leads a European consortium of industry partners to sign an agreement with the European Space Agency (ESA) to set up Pacis-1, a new satellite communication platform for governments that is aimed at making secure satellite communications accessible and available to governments and institutions.

LAUNCHES

China launches three commercial remote sensing satellites
21 Nov 2017  Rocket: Chang Zheng 6; Payload: Jilin 1-04, 1-05, 1-06 (Lingqiao 1-04, 1-05, 1-06); Date: 21 November 2017, 0450 UTC; Launch site: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, China.
Penultimate Delta II launches weather satellite
20 Nov 2017  Rocket: Delta II; Payload: JPSS-1, five CubeSats; Date: 18 November 2017, 0947 UTC; Launch site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, USA. Approximately 63 minutes after launch the solar arrays on JPSS-1 deployed and the spacecraft was operating on its own power.
Delay of the day: Falcon 9/Zuma (again)
17 Nov 2017  The launch of a classified U.S. government satellite aboard a Falcon 9 rocket has been postponed.
Angosat delivered to Baikonur
16 Nov 2017  The Angosat spacecraft built by Energia under a contract with the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technologies of the Republic of Angola has been delivered to the Baikonur launch site.
China expected to offer sea launch for commercial payloads in 2018
16 Nov 2017  China is expected to complete its first sea launch for commercial payloads in 2018, said Yang Baohua, vice general manager of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC).
NASA launch of NOAA weather satellite rescheduled
16 Nov 2017  The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta II carrying the NOAA Joint Polar Satellite System-1, or JPSS-1, has been rescheduled for 0947 UTC on Saturday, 18 November 2017, from Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
U.S. DOD awards agreement for prototype launch on LauncherOne
16 Nov 2017  The U.S. Department of Defense announced that it has a prototype flight with Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne as a demonstration of the new launch service.

SATELLITES

Earth-i orders satellites from SSTL full-colour video constellation
21 Nov 2017  British 'New Space' pioneer Earth-i announced that it has ordered the first five satellites from SSTL (Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd) for its new Earth Observation (EO) constellation.
Eutelsat 172B operational
21 Nov 2017  Eutelsat Communications' all-electric Eutelsat 172B satellite has gone into full commercial service.
SSTL, ASTROSCALE team up for orbital debris removal missions
21 Nov 2017  ASTROSCALE PTE. LTD. (ASTROSCALE) and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to pursue joint opportunities in areas of on-orbit technologies and missions designed to safeguard the orbital environment.
Harris Corporation completes testing for JWST
20 Nov 2017  Harris Corporation has partnered with NASA's Johnson Space Center to successfully complete thermal vacuum testing for the James Webb Space Telescope - validating its ability to operate in the frigid space environment.
QinetiQ signs ESA contract to build spacecraft docking system
20 Nov 2017  QinetiQ has signed a EUR26.6 million contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to produce a new docking mechanism for the International Space Station (ISS).
U.S. Navy accepts MUOS-5
17 Nov 2017  The U.S. Navy's Communications Satellite Program Office, PMW 146, and Lockheed Martin handed over full operational control of the fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite to the Naval Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC).
NASA selects instrument for international mission to Martian moons
16 Nov 2017  NASA has selected a science instrument for an upcoming Japan-led sample return mission to the moons of Mars planned for launch in 2024.
 
 

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