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Archive for April, 2018

Telespazio, TAS to extend fibre-optic system at CSG

April 26th, 2018 by

French space agency CNES has chosen the Space Alliance, formed by Telespazio (Leonardo 67%, Thales 33%) and Thales Alenia Space (Thales 67%, Leonardo 33%), to extend the fibre-optic communications system (STFO) at the Guiana Space Center (CSG), Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, to include the new launch complex under construction for Ariane 6 (ELA4).

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All satellites for 6th Iridium NEXT launch in pre-launch processing

April 26th, 2018 by

Iridium Communications Inc. announced that all five Iridium NEXT satellites for its sixth launch are in processing at SpaceX’s west coast launch site, Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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Iridium Communications Inc. results Q1 2018

April 26th, 2018 by

Iridium Communications Inc. reported financial results for the first quarter of 2018.

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Sentinel-3B in orbit

April 25th, 2018 by

Rocket: Rokot; Payload: Sentinel-3B; Date: 25 April 2018, 1757 UTC; Launch site: Plesetsk, Russia. Rokot’s upper stage delivered Sentinel-3B into its planned orbit.

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Improved GLONASS satellites to be launched from 2019

April 25th, 2018 by

Next-generation GLONASS satellites will be put into orbit starting next year, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin was quoted as saying.

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China’s Chang’e-4 relay satellite named ‘Queqiao’

April 25th, 2018 by

The relay satellite for the Chang’e-4 lunar probe expected to land on the far side of the Moon later this year, has been named “Queqiao” – magpie bridge.

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