June 2018

News on key developments at SupremeSAT, and general news on the Space and Satellite industry from across the web

SES-12 launched – Satellite News Digest

Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: SES-12; Date: 4 June 2018, 0445 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA. Following separation from the launcher 32 minutes after lift-off, SES-12 – the most powerful all-electric satellite ever – completed its initialisation phase and started its electric orbit raising (EOR) operations as planned. http://www.sat-nd.com/archive/?id=2018060400

China launches sixth Gaofen satellite – Satellite News Digest

Rocket: Chang Zheng 2D; Payload: Gaofen-6, Luojia-1; Date: 2 June 2018, 0413 UTC; Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China. Gaofen-6 will be mainly used in agricultural resources research and disaster monitoring, state media said. A scientific experiment satellite named Luojia-1 was sent into space at the same time. http://www.sat-nd.com/archive/?id=2018060200

NASA CubeSats steer toward Mars – Satellite News Digest

Over the past week, two CubeSats called MarCO-A and MarCO-B have been firing their propulsion systems to guide themselves toward Mars. This process, called a trajectory correction manoeuvre, allows a spacecraft to refine its path to Mars following launch. Both CubeSats successfully completed this maneuver; NASA’s InSight spacecraft completed the same process on 22 May.…