Review: The Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum and its ”real McCoy” Space Shuttle

While most people visiting Washington DC will be aware of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, some will not know that there are actually two museums. For there is a second – one that lies at Chantilly, Virginia, near …

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Satellite 2017: Connectivity to the “Internet of Things” is seen as key driver for future satellite traffic

While many have concerns over the Orwellian prospect of being spied on by our own appliances, the “Internet of Things” was viewed as a positive development by the leaders of satellite operators at the Satellite 2017 conference held in Washington …

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Arabsat and Saudi Arabia’s KACST order ARABSAT 6D communications satellite from indigenous manufacturer Taqnia Space

Major regional Fixed Service Satellite (FSS) operator Arabsat (Arab Satellite Communications Organization) has teamed up with the Saudi Arabian institute King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) to purchase a GEO communications spacecraft from TAQNIA Space, a subsidiary of …

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Long delayed PAZ spacecraft for Hisdesat now to launch with SpaceX

Spanish government satellite operator, Hisdesat Strategic Services (Hisdesat), announced (8 March) that it has signed a launch contract with US company SpaceX, for a shared Falcon 9 launch near the end of 2017. Hisdesat originally had a contract – signed …

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Satellite 2017: Jeff Bezos shows off straked New Glenn rocket and announces Eutelsat as first commercial client…then OneWeb joins club

At a presentation at the Satellite 2017 conference in Washington DC in March, Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos showed off the latest rocket design to emerge from his Blue Origin rocket company. While significantly similar to past artist’s impressions of the …

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Vega light launcher completes ninth launch

The SENTINEL-2B Earth-observation spacecraft was carried to low-Earth Orbit (LEO) by a Vega light launcher at 0149GMT on 7 March. The mission was conducted by Arianespace, under a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA), in service to the European …

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GHGSat contracts to Space Flight Laboratory of UTIAS

Greenhouse gas monitoring satellites GHGSat-C1 and C2 have had their construction contracts awarded to the Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies by the Canadian satellite operating firm GHGSat Inc. The spacecraft will utilise …

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Atlas V to launch second JPSS satellite in 2021

The launch contract for the second Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) spacecraft was awarded to the United Launch Alliance (ULA) on 3 March by NASA. The mission is scheduled to take place in mid-2021 from Vandenberg Air Base, and will …

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GomSpace gets full constellation order from Sky and Space Global

The UK-based constellation operator Sky and Space Global has awarded a full construction contract to GomSpace for its planned 200 satellite nanosat constellation. The contract is valued at EUR€35.0 to 55.0 million over a 4 year period. The order follows …

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China’s small solid-propellant Kaituozhe KT-2A launch vehicle puts technology test satellite into orbit for Chinese military (Corrected)

China’s small solid-propellant Kaituozhe KT-2A launch vehicle was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre, China, at 2353 GMT on 2 March 2017. On board the flight was the Tiankong-1 spacecraft, which was built by the China Aerospace and Industry …

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