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Archive for May, 2019

Proton-M lofts Gazprom’s Yamal-601 (part I)

May 30th, 2019 by

Rocket: Proton M/Briz M; Payload: Yamal-601; Date: 30 May 2019, 1742 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Separation of the Yamal 601 satellite from the Briz M upper stage is scheduled more than nine hours into the mission, at 0255 UTC (too late for this issue).

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Inmarsat orders 3 new GX satellites from Airbus

May 30th, 2019 by

Airbus has signed a contract with Inmarsat to design, manufacture and build the first in their next generation of geostationary Ka-band satellites, Inmarsat GX7, 8 & 9. The three satellites are the first to be based on Airbus’ new OneSat product line, which is fully reconfigurable in orbit.

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Northrop Grumman finishes environmental test on JWST

May 30th, 2019 by

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Spacecraft Element (SCE) successfully completed its last environmental test, thermal vacuum testing, at Northrop Grumman Corporation in Redondo Beach.

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ExoMars 2020 Rover Operations Control Centre inaugurated

May 30th, 2019 by

The ExoMars 2020 Rover Operations Control Center (ROCC) was inaugurated by Thales Alenia Space (the joint venture between Thales 67% and Leonardo 33%), ALTEC (Aerospace Logistics Technology Engineering Company), the Italian space agency ASI and the European Space Agency (ESA). It is located on the premises of ALTEC, an engineering and logistics services joint venture between Thales Alenia Space and ASI.

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Pentagon to ban U.S. companies from using Russian rockets, satellites

May 30th, 2019 by

The Pentagon has introduced restrictions that will prevent U.S. companies from using Russian space rocket launches and satellite services, set to take effect in 2023.

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ETID demonstrator validated components for future upper stage engine

May 29th, 2019 by

Program validation tests for ETID (Expander-cycle Technology Integrated Demonstrator), which is designed to develop new technologies for upper stage rocket engines, were completed on 22 March 2019, with the successful hot-fire testing campaign. A total of 14 thrust chamber and valve components developed by ArianeGroup and its European partners have been undergoing testing at the German Aerospace Center, DLR, in Lampoldshausen, Germany, since June 2018.

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