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GSAT-30 arrives in final orbit

January 20th, 2020 by

After the injection of GSAT-30 communication satellite into an elliptical Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) on 17 January 2020, all the three orbit raising manoeuvres have been completed successfully as planned using the satellite’s propulsion system.

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LockMart ships mobile communications satellite to launch site

January 16th, 2020 by

Lockheed Martin shipped its third satellite based on the modernised LM 2100 bus to French Guiana for launch aboard an Ariane V rocket. JCSAT-17 will provide flexible mobile communications services to users in Japan and the surrounding region. Arianespace will launch JCSAT-17 from its spaceport in Kourou.

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Launch of new Russian remote-sensing satellites planned in 2022

January 16th, 2020 by

The Progress Space Rocket Center plans to launch two Aist-2T Earth’s remote-sensing satellites at the end of 2022, Progress CEO Dmitry BaraNovember was quoted as saying.

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ExoMars Rover completes environmental tests

January 16th, 2020 by

The Rosalind Franklin rover of the joint ESA-Roskosmos ExoMars mission completed a series of environmental tests at the end of 2019 at Airbus, Toulouse, France. This included final thermal and vacuum tests where the Rover is heated and cooled to simulate the temperatures of its journey through space and on the surface of Mars.

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Science instruments integrated with Landsat 9

January 15th, 2020 by

Landsat 9’s two science instruments are now attached to the spacecraft, bringing the mission one step closer to launch. In late December, the Operational Land Imager 2 (OLI-2) and the Thermal Infrared Sensor 2 (TIRS-2) were both mechanically integrated on to the spacecraft bus at Northrop Grumman in Gilbert, Arizona.

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Latest GLONASS satellite operational

January 14th, 2020 by

The GLONASS-M navigation satellite that was launched into orbit on 11 December 2019 has entered service.

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