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Summary: 18 Feb 2018 - 22 Feb 2018


 LAUNCHES Up 

New Spanish radar satellite launched
22 Feb 2018 - Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: PAZ, Microsat-2a, Microsat-2b; Date: 22 February 2018, 1417 UTC; Launch site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, USA. Ten minutes after launch, the PAZ satellite separated from the launcher and will soon be positioned at its 514 km orbit. >>>

Delay of the day: Falcon 9/Paz (again)
21 Feb 2018 - SpaceX called off an attempted launch of its Falcon 9 rocket due to strong high-altitude winds. The Falcon 9 launcher was scheduled to lift off at 1417 UTC from Vandenberg Air Force Base, USA. >>>

RS-25 engine throttles up to 113%
21 Feb 2018 - Aerojet Rocketdyne and NASA have powered up the RS-25 main engine for the agency's heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS) to its highest thrust levels yet. >>>

Preparations continue for next Soyuz launch from French Guiana
20 Feb 2018 - On 16 February 2018, standalone check-outs of the Soyuz-ST-B LV Control System began in the Guiana Space Center as part of the O3b launch campaign which is to result in orbital injection of the four European telecommunication satellites. >>>

Next U.S. weather satellite slated for launch on 1 March
20 Feb 2018 - The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) newest weather satellite, Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S (GOES-S), is scheduled to launch on 1 March. >>>

Delay of the day: Falcon 9/Paz
18 Feb 2018 - SpaceX has pushed back the launch of a Spanish radar observation satellite from California from Sunday until 21 February. >>>


 SATELLITES Up 

New ExoMars aerobraking completed
22 Feb 2018 - The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter arrived at Mars in October 2016 in an initial, highly elliptical four-day orbit of about 98,000 x 200 km. Since March 2017, ESA had been conducting an aerobraking campaign, slowing the craft and lowering its orbit (to sometimes just 103 km altitude). At 1720 UTC on 20 February, ExoMars fired its thrusters for about 16 minutes to raise the closest approach to the surface to about 200 km, well out of the atmosphere. >>>

Lockheed Martin completes Arabsat 6A assembly
20 Feb 2018 - Lockheed Martin has completed assembly on the Arabsat-6A satellite, which was recently shipped to its Sunnyvale, California facility to begin a comprehensive series of tests to ensure the satellite is ready for operations in orbit. >>>

MRO suspends science observations owing to low battery voltage
19 Feb 2018 - NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), at Mars since 2006, put itself into a precautionary standby mode on 15 February in response to sensing an unexpectedly low battery voltage. >>>

Avanti Communications' HYLAS 4 satellite arrives in French Guiana
19 Feb 2018 - Avanti Communications Group plc announced its HYLAS 4 satellite has arrived safely in French Guiana ahead of its March 2018 launch. >>>

Progress MS-08 docks with ISS
18 Feb 2018 - On 15 February at 1038 UTC the cargo transportation spacecraft Progress MS-08 successfully docked with the propulsion compartment of the Service Module Zvezda of the International Space Station (ISS). >>>

MDA to provide optical communication payload design for SpaceDataHighway
18 Feb 2018 - MDA announced that it has signed a contract valued at approximately C$4 million with Airbus for design studies dedicated to the optical data relay payload of the third SpaceDataHighway satellite. >>>


 BUSINESS Up 

Eutelsat Communications S.A. results 1H FY 2017-2018
18 Feb 2018 - The Board of Directors of Eutelsat Communications has reviewed the financial results for the half-year ending 31 December 2017. >>>


 RESEARCH Up 

Chinese satellite industry to disrupt markets across Eurasia - report
18 Feb 2018 - NSR's industry-first China Satcom Markets (CSM) report finds a Chinese satellite industry primed to take a larger share of the global satcom market through attractive one-stop-shop offerings, aggressive growth plans and enhanced exports. >>>


 ANNIVERSARIES Up 

10 years of laser communications in space
21 Feb 2018 - On 21 February 2008, the German radar satellite TerraSAR-X and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency satellite NFIRE, both equipped with Laser Communication Terminals (LCT) manufactured by Tesat-Spacecom, established the first successful and stable orbital laser link. >>>

 

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