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Solar array failed on Eutelsat 5WB; capacity halved

January 19th, 2020 by

On 24 October 2019, Eutelsat announced an investigation into a malfunction on one of the two solar arrays on its Eutelsat 5 West B satellite. Pursuant to this investigation, the loss of the satellite’s South solar array has been confirmed. With the exception of the South solar array, the satellite performance remains nominal.

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Investigation opened on failed Starliner test mission

January 8th, 2020 by

NASA is opening an independent investigation with Boeing over a software glitch that prevented its Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner vessel from reaching the International Space Station in December, the agency said.

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China Satcom files insurance claim over ChinaSat-18

November 20th, 2019 by

China Satcom has filed an insurance claim over the ChinaSat-18 communications satellite after it failed to communicate with the satellite, which is now considered a total loss.

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‘Thermo-structural failure’ identified as root cause of Vega anomaly

September 5th, 2019 by

The Independent Inquiry Commission, tasked with analysing the failure of Vega Flight VV15, submitted its findings on Wednesday, 4 September 2019. co-chaired by the Inspector General of the European Space Agency (ESA); and the Senior Vice President, Technical and Quality of Arianespace; the Commission was appointed on Thursday, 11 July 2019. According to its assigned task, after having analysed the flight data, the Commission identified possible causes for the anomaly and drew up recommendations for Vega to resume launches under the requisite conditions of safety, security and reliability.

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Iranian rocket explodes on launch pad

August 29th, 2019 by

An Iranian rocket exploded on its launch pad at Imam Khomeini Space Center in northern Iran before its scheduled launch on 29 August 2019, an Iranian official said.

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ExoMars 2020 parachute testing unsuccessful

August 13th, 2019 by

As the second ExoMars mission, comprising a rover and surface science platform, progresses towards launch next year, teams continue to troubleshoot the parachute design following an unsuccessful high-altitude drop test last week, ESA said.

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