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Archive for October 4th, 2020

Antares lofts new Cygnus resupply vessel

October 4th, 2020 by

Rocket: Antares; Payload: Cygnus; Date: 3 October 2020, 0116 UTC; Launch site: Wallops Flight Facility, USA. After the nine minute ascent, the S.S. Kalpana Chawla, named for the first woman of Indian descent to fly in space, was deployed into orbit.

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Delay of the day: Falcon 9/GPS III SV-04

October 4th, 2020 by

SpaceX scrubbed the launch of a GPS III satellite from Florida on 3 October (UTC) two seconds before the planned lift-off, just as the engine ignition sequence was beginning.

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Momentus to launch microsat for Skykraft

October 4th, 2020 by

Momentus Inc. announced a launch service agreement for deploying Skykraft’s microsatellite on Vigoride’s mission in June 2021. Skykraft’s spacecraft is a pathfinder for a future large LEO constellation, and will be deployed via a new separation ring named EOS and developed by MECANO ID under a CNES contract thanks to the partial financing of the Future Investment Plan.

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Zefiro 9 VT3 completes qualification test

October 4th, 2020 by

The qualification test of the Zefiro 9 VT3 engine, an advanced version of the third stage propulsion system already in use on the Vega launcher and specifically enhanced and customised for the new Vega C, was successfully completed recently.

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Russia plans GLONASS improvements in 2021

October 4th, 2020 by

Russia’s new GLONASS-K2 satellites will guarantee navigation accuracy of less than 30 centimeters, the general designer of the GLONASS system, Sergey Karutin, was quoted as saying. Also, a high-orbit segment will be added to the navigation satellite system starting in 2025.

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Boeing to develop next-gen satellite system for U.S. Space Force

October 4th, 2020 by

Boeing has received one of three development contracts to build a satellite payload prototype and develop a new secure, resilient satellite communications architecture for the U.S. Space Force’s Evolved Strategic SATCOM (ESS) programme.

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