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Archive for October 8th, 2020

Exolaunch signs long-term launch agreement with SpaceX

October 8th, 2020 by

Exolaunch has signed a long-term launch agreement with SpaceX to secure Falcon 9 capacity for launching small satellites as part of SpaceX’s SmallSat Rideshare Program. Under the agreement, Exolaunch manifests multiple microsatellites and cubesats on Falcon 9 rideshare missions to a Sun-synchronous orbit throughout 2020 – 2021.

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Spaceflight signs multi-launch agreement with HawkEye 360

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Spaceflight Inc. announced it signed a Multiple Launch Services Agreement (MLSA) with HawkEye 360. Under the agreement, Spaceflight will provide capacity, engineering, and mission management services to launch HawkEye 360’s Cluster 4, 5, and 6 of its radio frequency mapping satellites.

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D-Orbit announces launch service contract with AAC Clyde Space

October 8th, 2020 by

Italian in-orbit transportation company D-Orbit has announced a launch service agreement with Swedish-British small satellite manufacturer AAC Clyde Space. The contract covers launch and deployment of two Eutelsat LEO for Objects (ELO) 6U CubeSats in 2021 developed and built by AAC Clyde Space.

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Successful final test firing of the P120C solid rocket motor

October 8th, 2020 by

The P120C motor was successfully tested for the third time on 7 October at Europe’s Spaceport solid rocket motor test bench operated by the French Space Agency (CNES). This third successful test, carried out in the Ariane 6 configuration, paves the way for final qualification by the European Space Agency (ESA). The first and second tests on 16 July 2018, and 28 January 2019 were also successful.

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Ball Aerospace ships ozone mapping instrument for JPSS-2

October 8th, 2020 by

Ball Aerospace has shipped the Ozone Mapping Profile Suite (OMPS) instrument for integration onto NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) weather satellite.

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WGS-11+ engineering design review completed

October 8th, 2020 by

Boeing and the U.S. Space Force successfully completed the first major engineering design review for the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS)-11+ military communications satellite. Production will begin next year at Boeing’s El Segundo factory, with delivery scheduled for 2024.

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