Summary: 19 Apr 2018 - 25 Apr 2018


Angosat-1 declared total loss
23 Apr 2018 - Roskosmos said that Angola's first national telecoms satellite, AngoSat-1, was inoperative and Russia would build another one for launch in 2020. >>>


New Sentinel-3B in orbit
25 Apr 2018 - Rocket: Rokot; Payload: Sentinel-3B; Date: 25 April 2018, 1757 UTC; Launch site: Plesetsk, Russia. Rokot's upper stage delivered Sentinel-3B into its planned orbit. >>>

Delay of the day: GSAT-11
24 Apr 2018 - Due to additional technical checks with the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) GSAT-11 satellite, to be conducted from the ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC) located at Bengalaru, the Ariane 5 launch initially planned for 25 May 2018, VA243, has been postponed. >>>

First BepiColombo parts flown to launch site
24 Apr 2018 - The first elements of the BepiColombo spacecraft, which will be heading to Mercury from autumn 2018, have arrived per plane at the European Spaceport Kourou in French Guiana. This flight was the first of four needed to transport the spacecraft and all handling and test equipment to Kourou. The flights are supported by three transports by ship for further items. >>>

Proton return to flight with launch of 2nd Blagovest satellite
19 Apr 2018 - Rocket: Proton M/Briz M; Payload: Blagovest 12L [military designation likely Kosmos 2526]; Date: 18 April 2018, 2212 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The dual-use satellite was delivered into geostationary transfer orbit approx. 9 hours after lift-off. >>>

NASA's TESS planet hunter launched on Falcon 9
19 Apr 2018 - Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite); Date: 18 April 2018, 2251 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. Falcon 9 delivered TESS to a highly elliptical orbit and the spacecraft was deployed approximately 49 minutes after lift-off. >>>

Arianespace to launch BSAT-4b
19 Apr 2018 - Arianespace announced that it will launch BSAT-4b, under the term of a turnkey contract between B-SAT and Maxar's SSL. >>>

Chandrayaan-2 Launch Postponed To October-November, Says ISRO Chief K Sivan
19 Apr 2018 - "A national level committee to review Chandrayaan-2 recommended some additional tests before the mission could take off, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) sources said." (NDTV) >>>

DARPA's Launch Challenge offers $10M prize for short-notice, rapid-turnaround rocketry
19 Apr 2018 - "Getting to space is already tough, but getting there on short notice and then doing it again a couple weeks later? That's a big ask. Nevertheless, DARPA i is asking it as part of its Launch Challenge ... Teams must take a payload to space with only days to prepare, then do it again soon after -- if they want to win the $10M grand prize." (TechCrunch) >>>


New Improved GLONASS satellites to be launched from 2019
25 Apr 2018 - Next-generation GLONASS satellites will be put into orbit starting next year, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin was quoted as saying. >>>

New China's Chang'e-4 relay satellite named 'Queqiao'
25 Apr 2018 - The relay satellite for the Chang'e-4 lunar probe expected to land on the far side of the Moon later this year, has been named "Queqiao" - magpie bridge. >>>

Sentinel-3B MWR pre-launch details
22 Apr 2018 - A new highly precise MicroWave Radiometer (MWR) built by Airbus is ready to start operations after the launch of the Sentinel-3B satellite built by Thales Alenia Space as prime contractor for this programme. Launch aboard a Rokot lifting off from Plesetsk, Russia, is currently scheduled for 25 April, 1757 UTC. >>>

LockMart provides Australia with Space Situational Awareness System
19 Apr 2018 - Lockheed Martin is providing the Commonwealth of Australia with an iSpace Space Situational Awareness training and demonstration mission system. >>>


Lockheed Martin Corporation (Space Systems) results Q1 2018
24 Apr 2018 - Lockheed Martin reported financial results for the first quarter 2018. >>>





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