CHINA TO LAUNCH NEXT BEIDOU NAVIGATION SATELLITE PAIR ON WEDNESDAY - China will launch the next pair of satellites for its Beidou navigation and positioning system on Wednesday, according to airspace closure notices.
A Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) filed last week indicates a window of 1358-1432 UTC (21:58-22:32 local, 9:58-10:32 Eastern) for a launch from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan Province, southwest China.
If the launch goes according to plan, the mission will see the 12th and 13th Beidou satellites put into orbit this year alone, with the country pushing to complete the system of 35 operational satellites in 2020. More
(Source: GBTIMES - Sep 18)
BRITISH EARTH-IMAGING SATELLITES RIDE INDIAN ROCKET INTO ORBIT - Two British-built reconnaissance satellites, one designed to test new radar imaging technology and another to collect high-resolution optical imagery, arrived in orbit Sunday after a successful liftoff aboard an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. The PSLV lit its solid-fueled core stage as the countdown clock reached zero at the Satish Dhawan Space Center on India’s east coast. The first stage motor pushed the 144-foot-tall (44.4-meter) rocket, which flew in its least powerful variant with no strap-on boosters, away fro the Indian spaceport on the Bay of Bengal at 1638 GMT (12:38 p.m. EDT). More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Sep 17)
ISRO'S FULLY-COMMERCIAL PSLV SATELLITE LAUNCH ON SUNDAY - The launch of PSLV-C42 is scheduled on September 16, 2018 from the First Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. This mission is designed to launch two earth observation satellites, NovaSAR and S1-4 (together weighing nearly 889 kg) of M/s Surrey Satellite Technologies Limited (SSTL), United Kingdom under commercial arrangement with Antrix Corporation Limited, Department of Space. Both satellites are planned to be launched into a 583 km Sun Synchronous Orbit. More
(Source: ISRO - Sep 16)
THE LATEST: GOV. BROWN SAYS CALIFORNIA WILL LAUNCH SATELLITE - California Gov. Jerry Brown says the state plans to launch its "own damn satellite" into orbit to address climate change. The man famously dubbed "Gov. Moonbeam" said Friday the state is working with a San Francisco-based earth imaging company on a satellite to track climate-change causing pollutants.
Brown said the company Planet Labs has launched 150 satellites. The Democratic governor announced the project at a climate change summit in San Francisco he organized. More
(Source: ABC News - Sep 16)
DEFENSE GIANTS BET BIG ON SMALL SATELLITES - Major U.S. defense contractors are working to reinvent their satellite businesses to include satellites no larger than a microwave oven, as they try to keep pace with a new crop of commercial technology companies leading a wave of disruption in the space industry.
Their efforts are spearheading new investments in so-called cube-sat technology, as the U.S. government looks for alternatives to the expensive, bus-sized satellites it has relied on for decades. More
(Source: Washington Post - Sep 16)
FINAL DELTA 2 ROCKET LAUNCHES $1 BILLION ICE PROBE - Ending a 30-year run as one of America's most successful rockets, a United Launch Alliance's 155th and final Delta 2 roared to life for the last time Saturday carrying a $1 billion NASA satellite into orbit to measure the thickness and extent of polar ice sheets, changes in sea level and the height of forest canopies and clouds.
The ICESat-2 satellite -- the acronym stands for Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite 2 -- is the most sophisticated ice-monitoring spacecraft ever launched, equipped with advanced electronics and a laser that will fire 10,000 pulses per second at the ground below and then capture the faint reflections. More
(Source: CBS News - Sep 15)
JAPAN DELAYS LAUNCH OF NEW SPACE STATION CARGO SHIP AGAIN - The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) unexpectedly delayed a vital cargo launch to the International Space Station just an hour before the rocket was scheduled to lift off.
The agency has not yet provided a new launch date or an explanation for the delay. The mission had already been postponed from a liftoff originally scheduled for Sept. 10 (Sept. 11 local time) by a typhoon near the launch site at Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. After the weather delays, the agency calculated a range of launch windows lasting through the end of October. More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 15)
SCIENTISTS EAGER TO RENEW GLOBAL ICE MEASUREMENTS WITH ICESAT 2 MISSION - The satellite awaiting launch early Saturday from California aboard the final flight of the venerable Delta 2 rocket should allow scientists to more precisely track changes in our planet’s ice sheets, using six green laser beams to chart the height and slope of polar ice and glaciers, providing a key input into climate change research. Researchers who plan to analyze data from the new satellite say a better understanding of Earth’s ice will help them learn about our planet’s changing climate, and help predict how melting ice will contribute to rising sea levels. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Sep 15)
STUDENT-LAUNCHED SATELLITE SUCCESSFULLY ORBITS EARTH - Since its successful launch and deployment earlier this year, the Brown Space Engineering’s EQUiSat cube satellite has been continuously transmitting information down to Providence. A team of students at BSE has been collaborating on the project since its conception nearly eight years ago. As the team receives and records data from EQUiSat, BSE is already in the preliminary stages of preparing their next big cube satellite project, which is tentatively set for mid-2021, said current Project Manager Jacob Leiken ’20. More
(Source: The Brown Daily Herald - Sep 14)