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EchoStar Mobile, Thales partner on mobile satellite connectivity
22 Jun 2017  EchoStar Mobile Limited, a subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation and Thales announced that they are collaborating to jointly develop advanced mobile satellite voice and data services for security forces and first responders dealing with emergency situations in France and throughout Europe.
Launch of Eutelsat's Konnect Africa broadband service
22 Jun 2017  The Konnect Africa broadband venture set up by Eutelsat Communications has this month officially launched new-generation services, starting in Benin, Cameroon, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda.
Thales and Inmarsat successfully conclude GX tests
20 Jun 2017  In May 2017, Inmarsat and Thales executed a series of tests that successfully demonstrated communications using Thales' System 21 on Inmarsat's Global Xpress (GX) high-capacity steerable antennas.

LAUNCHES

First Bulgarian comsat launched by Falcon 9
23 Jun 2017  Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: BulgariaSat 1; Date: 23 June 2017, 1910 UTC; Launch site: Kennedy Space Center, USA.
PSLV lofts CartoSat-2 plus 30 piggyback satellites
23 Jun 2017  Rocket: PSLV C38 'XL'; Payload: Cartosat-2E, 30 other satellites; Date: 23 June 2017, 0359 UTC; Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, India. The rocket launched the 712 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for Earth observation and 30 co-passenger satellites (total mass: about 243 kg) into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).
Russia launches classified military satellites
23 Jun 2017  Rocket: Soyuz 2-1v/Volga; Payload: classified; Date: 23 June 2017, 1804 UTC; Launch site: Plesetsk, Russia. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the launch went as scheduled.
ArianeGroup signs contract with ESA to develop Prometheus
22 Jun 2017  The European Space Agency and Airbus Safran Launchers, the 50/50 joint-venture set up by the Airbus and Safran groups, which will become ArianeGroup have signed the first tranche of the development contract for the future Prometheus LOx-methane engine.
Orbital ATK completes Orion Launch Abort System milestone
21 Jun 2017  Orbital ATK has completed analysis of the critical components demonstrated in the Orion Launch Abort System Attitude Control Motor (ACM) test conducted at the company's Elkton, Maryland, facility. Results from the test indicate the motor's HT-11 'High Thrust' test was fully successful.
First launch contract for Vega C
20 Jun 2017  Airbus Defence and Space and Arianespace announced the signature of the launch services contract for the next generation of very-high-resolution optical observation satellites.

SATELLITES

MDA to study use of SAR for Mars exploration
23 Jun 2017  MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. announced that it has signed a contract with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to conduct a concept study to determine the feasibility of using a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Sub-Surface Ice Sounder and Imager as a potential payload on a future Mars orbiter mission.
Harris delivers weather satellite instrument to South Korea
22 Jun 2017  Harris Corporation has delivered an advanced digital weather satellite instrument to the Korea Aerospace Research Institute that will help forecasters safeguard people in the region from typhoons and other severe weather.
OHB, SSTL to build final 8 Galileos
22 Jun 2017  The European Space Agency has signed a contract with OHB as the prime contractor to build eight more satellites for its Galileo satnav system. Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd is in charge of the navigation payloads.
ViaSat-2 completed chemical orbit raising
22 Jun 2017  ViaSat Inc. announced that following the successful launch of the ViaSat-2 satellite on 1 June 2017, the satellite has now completed additional major milestones including the chemical orbit raising phase of the programme; and deployment of its solar arrays.
ESA, European space industry join forces on 'Satellite for 5G'
21 Jun 2017  ESA and 16 satellite industry leaders have signed a joint statement on their collaboration over 'Satellite for 5G'.
TAS electronics from Belgium chosen for Electra platform
21 Jun 2017  Thales Alenia Space has signed its first contract with OHB to provide new-generation electronic equipment, made in Belgium, for the Electra platform.
Magnetic space tug could target dead satellites
20 Jun 2017  Derelict satellites could in future be grappled and removed from key orbits around Earth with a space tug using magnetic forces, the European Space Agency said.
Orbital completes Mission Extension Vehicle PDR
20 Jun 2017  Orbital ATK announced the completion of its Rendezvous, Proximity Operations and Docking (RPOD) system preliminary design review. The RPOD system comprises the sensors, actuators and control algorithms which allow for the detection, tracking, and safe approach to a client spacecraft.
 
 

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