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BUSINESS

Kepler to manufacture satellite constellation in downtown Toronto
28 Jan 2020  Kepler Communications said it begins production in its newly commissioned satellite manufacturing facility in Toronto, Canada. It is an essential step towards delivering the company's proposed fleet of 140 satellites for high-capacity global connectivity services.

FAILURES

Faulty battery may blow up Spaceway-1
23 Jan 2020  AT&T Inc.'s DirecTV unit said there is "a significant risk" that battery cells aboard its Spaceway-1 satellite could burst. DirecTV received permission to conduct an emergency operation to reduce risks of an accidental explosion.

FEEDS & LINKS

Iridium CloudConnect operational
28 Jan 2020  Iridium Communications Inc. announced that its Iridium CloudConnect satellite cloud-based solution is now actively serving customers. This new service combines Iridium IoT capabilities with Amazon Web Services (AWS) IoT and cloud services extending customers' IoT reach to the more than 80% of the Earth that lacks terrestrial coverage.

LAUNCHES

DARPA scraps 'Phantom Express' space plane project
28 Jan 2020  The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has scrapped its proposed military spaceplane after Boeing withdrew from the Experimental Spaceplane (XSP) programme also known as 'Phantom Express,' Space.com reports.
Delay of the day: Falcon 9/Starlink (again)
28 Jan 2020  Weather concerns have prompted SpaceX to push back a launch attempt of Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station by another day.
Virgin Orbit, ISI partner to develop joint responsive space service
28 Jan 2020  Virgin Orbit has signed an agreement with ImageSat International (ISI), Israel, to develop an end-to-end responsive space service offering focused on national security customers.
Bartolomeo starts its journey to the International Space Station
27 Jan 2020  The Bartolomeo research platform, developed by Airbus for the International Space Station (ISS), has been delivered to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA. With its planned launch in March, the European-built Bartolomeo is set to become the first commercial research platform to be attached to the ISS.
China to launch more space science satellites
27 Jan 2020  China plans to launch more space science satellites in the coming three to four years, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
Delay of the day: Falcon 9/Starlink
27 Jan 2020  SpaceX has postponed the launch of its next batch of Starlink satellites due to bad weather. The next attempt will be on 28 January.
Delay of the day: H-2A/IGS Optical 7
27 Jan 2020  Lift-off of an H-2A rocket with the IGS Optical 7 reconnaissance satellite aboard from Tanegashima Space Center, Japan, was scrubbed on 26 and 27 February, most recently because of a ground facility problem. A new launch date was not immediately announced.
Preparations for next Ariane 5 launch underway
27 Jan 2020  The two satellite passengers for Arianespace's next Ariane 5 mission - scheduled for lift-off in February - are advancing through their pre-flight preparations during parallel activity in French Guiana.
Delay of the day: Soyuz 2.1a/Meridian-M
26 Jan 2020  The launch of Soyuz 2.1a rocket with Meridian-M military satellite from Plesetsk, northern Russia, was cancelled over a malfunction of the rocket's electrical equipment.
Nilesat books Falcon 9 for Nilesat-301
26 Jan 2020  Egyptian satellite operator Nilesat and SpaceX have signed a contract for the launch of Nilesat-301 geostationary communications satellite due in 2022.
Starlink launch delayed to 27 January
26 Jan 2020  SpaceX is expected to launch its next Falcon 9 rocket into space on 27 January.

SATELLITES

Entry into commercial service of Eutelsat 7C
28 Jan 2020  Eutelsat Communications' Eutelsat 7C satellite has entered full commercial service and is ready to support broadcast customers across Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Turkey.
QinetiQ to build ALTIUS for ESA
27 Jan 2020  QinetiQ's space business (formerly Verhaert Space) has confirmed it has secured a major new contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to extend Europe's capabilities in operational Earth Observation. The new EUR75 million contract will see the company develop and assemble the ALTIUS satellite at its new cleanroom facilities in Kruibeke, Belgium.
Test campaign for Orion's propulsion system completed
27 Jan 2020  The two-year test campaign for the propulsion system of the European Service Module has ended with a test of the auxiliary engines.
Galileo now replying to SOS messages worldwide
26 Jan 2020  Europe's Galileo satellite constellation will reply to messages received by the satellites' COSPAS-SARSAT payloads, assuring people in danger that help is on the way.
Astroscale awarded up to US$4.5 million for active debris removal
23 Jan 2020  Astroscale Holdings Inc. announced it has been awarded a grant of up to US$4.5 million from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's "Innovation Tokyo Project" to build a roadmap for commercialising active debris removal (ADR) services.
Second space data highway satellite completes tests
23 Jan 2020  The second satellite in the European Data Relay System has reached its intended orbit at 31.2 degrees East and completed its in-orbit tests.
 
 

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