2020-03-17

Satellite News

Space in the time of the coronavirus / Space Symposium postponed due to coronavirus pandemic

Satellite 2020 was forced to end early but at least the conference took place.

Four fears satellite manufacturers can’t shake

Satellite manufacturers expressed optimism about market demand, but also listed challenges they face amid market and technological changes. Satellites getting hacked / Not building fast enough/ Talent troubles / Unstable customers

Satellite operators hint at fear of SpaceX, Blue Origin becoming competitors

Executives from SES and Eutelsat said they are watching as SpaceX deploys its own Starlink constellation of broadband satellites, which could make SpaceX one of their competitors. 

Exploration News

ExoMars rover mission delayed to late 2022

The ExoMars Rosalind Franklin rover mission has been delayed to 2022 due to a lack of time to qualify hardware vital to the spacecraft.

Astronauts grounded in Russia’s Star City over virus

The next launch to the International Space Station is due to blast off from Baikonur in Kazakhstan on April 9

NASA takes Gateway off the critical path for 2024 lunar return

A revised plan for returning astronauts to the surface of the moon by 2024 will no longer rely on the use of a lunar Gateway, although NASA’s human spaceflight head says the agency is still committed to eventually developing it.

Axiom Space Plans First-ever Fully Private Human Spaceflight Mission to ISS

Today Axiom Space announced it is planning history’s first fully private human spaceflight mission to the International Space Station. Axiom has signed a contract with SpaceX for a Crew Dragon flight which will transport a commander professionally trained by Axiom alongside three private astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The mission, set to launch as soon as the second half of 2021, will allow the crew to live aboard the ISS and experience at least eight days

Launchers News

Momentus to offer last-miles service from SpaceX rideshare flights

Momentus purchased rides on five SpaceX Falcon 9 SmallSat Rideshare missions in 2020 and 2021 to showcase the ability of its Vigoride in-space transportation vehicle to move customer satellites 300 to 1,200 kilometers beyond the drop-off point, the Santa Clara, California, company announced March 9.

NewSpace  News

Kepler’s decision to build its own cubesats surprises manufacturers

It came as a surprise to many cubesat manufacturers when Kepler Communications announced plans in January to manufacture its constellation of 140 Internet of Things satellites in-house.

Lockheed Martin app offers a glimpse into the planning of a satellite constellation

The app is to help “understand the elements associated with communications satellite architectures.”

NewSpace  News

Kepler’s decision to build its own cubesats surprises manufacturers

It came as a surprise to many cubesat manufacturers when Kepler Communications announced plans in January to manufacture its constellation of 140 Internet of Things satellites in-house.

Lockheed Martin app offers a glimpse into the planning of a satellite constellation

NewSpace  News

Kepler’s decision to build its own cubesats surprises manufacturers

It came as a surprise to many cubesat manufacturers when Kepler Communications announced plans in January to manufacture its constellation of 140 Internet of Things satellites in-house.

Lockheed Martin app offers a glimpse into the planning of a satellite constellation

The app is to help “understand the elements associated with communications satellite architectures.”

Kleos finalises launch preparations at launch site

Kleos Space has told that the mission team will be travelling to the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Chennai, India from the 18th March, to carry out the final preparation steps prior to launch. Kleos’ satellites will launch into a 37-degree inclination orbit, providing unprecedented situational awareness over crucial shipping regions including the Strait of Hormuz, South China Sea and East and West African coasts.

Space Safey News

Assure Space won’t cover collision risk in low Earth orbit

Since the beginning of the year, space insurance underwriter Assure Space is no longer offering policies covering collision risk for satellites operating in low Earth orbit.

Space Safey News

Assure Space won’t cover collision risk in low Earth orbit

Since the beginning of the year, space insurance underwriter Assure Space is no longer offering policies covering collision risk for satellites operating in low Earth orbit.

Technology News

NOAA finalizes secondary payload for JPSS-2 launch

NOAA and NASA have finalized an agreement to fly a reentry technology demonstrator as the sole secondary payload on a weather satellite launch in 2022.

Technology News

NOAA finalizes secondary payload for JPSS-2 launch

Technology News

NOAA finalizes secondary payload for JPSS-2 launch

NOAA and NASA have finalized an agreement to fly a reentry technology demonstrator as the sole secondary payload on a weather satellite launch in 2022.

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