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NOAA mishap board completes investigation into GOES-17 anomaly

Submit on Monday, September 16th, 2019 22:59

A blockage in the loop heat pipe of the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI), the primary instrument on NOAA’s GOES-17 satellite, prevented the instrument from cooling properly and impeded its ability to collect data, according to a special Mishap Investigation Board.

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Iridium awarded 7-year, US$739 million contract by U.S. DoD

Submit on Monday, September 16th, 2019 22:58

Iridium Communications Inc. announced that it has been awarded a US$738.5 million, seven-year, fixed-price contract with the United States Department of Defense through the U.S. Air Force Space Command (AFSpC) to provide unlimited satellite services from its Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellation.

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Chang Zheng 4B lofts three satellites

Submit on Thursday, September 12th, 2019 22:59

Rocket: Chang Zheng 4B; Payload: ZY-1 02D [Ziyuan-1 02D], ICE-PATHFINDER [BNU-1], Taurus 1; Date: 12 September 2019, 0326 UTC; Launch site: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, China. U.S. tracking data show the three satellites in orbits of approx. 732 km x 750 km x 98.6 degrees.

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Relativity Space signs launch services agreement with Momentus

Submit on Thursday, September 12th, 2019 22:58

Relativity Space announced that it has signed a launch services agreement with Momentus, a provider of in-space shuttle services that move satellites between orbits, to launch Momentus’ small and medium satellite customers on Relativity’s Terran 1 rocket.

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Airbus to develop technology for ultra-high-resolution satellites

Submit on Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 22:59

Airbus has won a design study from the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) to develop the technologies for a cluster of ultra-high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellites for the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). The satellites will also have the ability to collect radio frequency (RF) signals.

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mu Space signs first customer for its high throughput satellite

Submit on Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 22:58

Satellite and space tech company mu Space announced it has signed a contract with Malaysian telecom service provider Zeta IOS to provide broadband connectivity across Malaysia and Southeast Asia using mu Space’s own high throughput satellite, to be launched in 2022.

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