September 2019

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

Spire Global announces new funding to drive weather offering – Satellite News Digest

Spire Global announced over US$40 million in new funding from strategic partners including ITOCHU, Mitsui, and Scottish Investment Bank and financial investors led by the GPO Fund, Perennial Value Management Limited, and Bessemer Ventures. Existing investors RRE Capital, Expon Capital, Seraphim Capital and Qualcomm Ventures also participated, among others.

Final Soyuz-FG launches Soyuz MS-15 – Satellite News Digest

Rocket: Soyuz-FG; Payload: Soyuz MS-15; Date: 25 September 2019, 1357 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. According to telemetry information, the crewed spacecraft separated from the third stage of the launch vehicle as scheduled. It docked to the ISS on 25 September 2019 at 1942 UTC.

China launches 2nd Yunhai-1 satellite – Satellite News Digest

Rocket: Chang Zheng 2D; Payload: Yunhai-1 02; Date: 25 September 2019, 0054 UTC; Launch site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China. U.S. military tracking data confirmed the Chang Zheng 2D placed its payload into a nearly circular Sun-synchronous orbit of approx. 775 km x 98.59 degrees.

Euroconsult Satellite Connectivity and Video Markets Survey – Satellite News Digest

Euroconsult released its flagship research, which predicts the satellite communications market will grow to US$19.4 billion by 2028. Following a decline that began in 2014, the research forecasts a return to revenue growth beginning in 2020, driven by demand for broadband applications, including rural connectivity, in-flight communications, as well as cellular backhaul.

Two more Chinese navsats launched – Satellite News Digest

Rocket: Chang Zheng 3B/YZ1; Payload: Beidou-3M19 (Beidou-47), Beidou-3M20 (Beidou-48); Date: 22 September 2019, 2110 UTC; Launch site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China. The two navigation satellites were deployed into an approx. 21,530 km x 22,191 x 55.02 degrees orbit at the end of a four-hour mission.