Summary: 12 Jan 2017 - 17 Jan 2017


Japanese mini-rocket launch fails
15 Jan 2017 - Japan's attempt to launch the SS-520, one of the smallest-ever rockets, has ended in failure shortly after lift-off at around 2330 UTC on 14 January from Uchinoura Space Center. >>>

Poor workmanship doomed Progress MS-04
12 Jan 2017 - Foreign particles inside a pump or violations of assembly procedures may have been to blame for the loss of the Progress MS-04 cargo space vehicle last December, Russian space corporation Roskosmos said. >>>

Chinese imaging satellites reach orbit after botched launch
12 Jan 2017 - China has received images from a pair of 0.5-meter high-resolution remote sensing satellites launched in late December last year. According to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), the satellites have reached their operational orbit after a partial launch failure. >>>


Delay of the day: Atlas V NROL-79
16 Jan 2017 - The 27 January (UTC) launch date for a United Launch Alliance Atlas V carrying NROL-79 for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office is under review. >>>

Airbus Defence and Space ships SES-10 to launch site
16 Jan 2017 - SES-10, the 10th Eurostar satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space for SES, has left the Airbus cleanrooms in Toulouse, France, and has been shipped to Cape Canaveral for its forthcoming launch by SpaceX. >>>

Falcon 9 returns to flight with first Iridium NEXT mission
15 Jan 2017 - Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: 10 Iridium NEXT satellites; Date: 14 January 2017, 1754 UTC; Launch site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, USA. The satellites were delivered into low-Earth orbit approximately one hour after the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off. >>>


New UrtheCast to sell, operate two satellites in OptiSAR constellation
17 Jan 2017 - UrtheCast Corp. has entered into a binding agreement with a confidential government customer for the sale and shared operation of the first two satellites in the OptiSAR Constellation, the world's first commercial EO constellation with integrated optical and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) sensors, for US$180 million. >>>

New Iridium NEXT hosted payloads
17 Jan 2017 - The recently launched Iridium NEXT satellites carry hosted payloads that will track planes and ships. Here are a few details. >>>

Eutelsat 117 West B in commercial service
16 Jan 2017 - Eutelsat Communications announced that its Eutelsat 117 West B satellite has entered into full commercial service and is now ready to support customers across Latin America. >>>

Russia works on next-gen ELINT system
13 Jan 2017 - Russia's Defense Ministry continues to develop the Liana Electronic Intelligence Program (ELINT) using Lotos-S satellites, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said. >>>

Global Eagle acquires AMC-3 communication payload
13 Jan 2017 - Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. has acquired Ku-band payload on an SES communication satellite in a move to boost capacity for its customers in North America, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. >>>


New Masdar, Thales to develop Stratobus applications
17 Jan 2017 - Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university in the United Arab Emirates, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Thales/Thales Alenia Space and French engineering university MINES ParisTech to develop applications for the Stratobus drone-satellite hybrid airship. >>>


New ABS issued operator licenses for Papua New Guinea
17 Jan 2017 - ABS announced it has been granted the Network, Applications and Gateway Operator licenses to serve Papua New Guinea (PNG) from the National Information and Communications Technology Authority (NICTA). The licenses awarded will allow ABS to operate as a telecom operator as well as a satellite service provider. >>>


Airbus sells its shares in Atlas Elektronik
12 Jan 2017 - Airbus Defence and Space has entered into an agreement to sell its 49% share in Atlas Elektronik Group to thyssenkrupp AG based in Essen, Germany. >>>


Hughes announces partnership with OneWeb
13 Jan 2017 - Hughes Network Systems, LLC announced a technology and marketing partnership with OneWeb. >>>





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